2020-2021 Catalog 
    Dec 05, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

CNT 275 - Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessment

Description: Penetration testing and vulnerability assessment of computer networks. Learn to set up a cybersecurity lab for practicing information gathering and identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities. Ethical considerations, careers in ethical hacking, frameworks, and methodologies are examined.

Prerequisites: CNT 135  and CNT 190  

Credits: 3
Lecture: 2
Lab: 3

Course Content:
  1. Ethical considerations of penetration testing
  2. Lab setup
  3. Methodologies and frameworks
  4. Information gathering
  5. Vulnerability identification and exploitation
  6. Attacks: families, discovery, and vectors
  7. Careers in ethical hacking

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Describe the importance of ethics in penetration testing and discuss relevant laws. (1)
  2. Configure a penetration testing and vulnerability assessment test lab. (2)
  3. Describe the major methodologies for conducting a penetration test. (3)
  4. Perform active and passive information gathering. (4)
  5. Identify vulnerabilities and use common tools to exploit them. (5)
  6. Describe families of attacks, attack surfaces, and attack vectors. (6)
  7. Discuss relevant certifications and careers in ethical hacking. (7)