KF7002 - Ethical Hacking for Cyber Security

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will enable you to develop a deep understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of Ethical Hacking. An essential part of a modern organisation’s e-security. The module includes testing and analysis to determine vulnerabilities. Carrying out such work requires a special skill set, which crosses, legal issues, psychology, computer networks along with detailed understanding of system vulnerabilities and exploits. Additionally, you will be exposed to a collection of industry standard hacking tools and will learn how to apply these in an ethical manner to determine system vulnerabilities.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered in lectures and workshops, which will include an element of theoretical and hands on practical work. As much of an Ethical Hacker’s role is practical in nature, the emphasis of the workshops will reflect this by spending time learning how to use tools to perform controlled attacks.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will come from laborarory support and the distribution of the latest events in the world of cyber security. This will generally take the form of demonstrations or discussions around techilogical vulnerabilities, current vulnerability exploits and security breaches in the media.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Assess computer systems, information systems and networks to identify their vulnerabilities and weaknesses.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Evaluate and understand the principles of ethical hacking and appreciate where and in what situations these principles should be applied
3. Critically evaluate the core concepts, knowledge and practice of computer security have developed through research

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Appreciate the legal and ethical issues associated with ethical hacking and be able to apply them appropriately.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment will be by a research report (assessing all module learning outcomes), it will be based on a case study selected by yourself (possible research areas will be provided), the case study will involve the application of ethical hacking tools and techniques and an evaluation of the vulnerabilities and the production of countermeasure designs and current research in the subject area.

Feedback will be via anotated scripts or by a lab based feedback session.





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Course info

UCAS Code G408

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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