The course develops the technical aspects of the subject with particular reference to enhancing computer and network security. Individuals will have the opportunity to practice techniques and tools associated with penetration testing and evaluate a range of threats, including the use of various hacking tools and techniques over a variety of operating systems and platforms. Individuals will also have the opportunity to develop their research skills in designing and evaluating security vulnerabilities and countermeasures. This course will cover aspects such as:
- Assessing computer systems, information systems and networks to identify their vulnerabilities and weaknesses so as to be able to penetrate those systems or networks
- Evaluating the means by which systems or networks are penetrated and design and test countermeasures to address those weaknesses and vulnerabilities.