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Course Description

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Computer Networking Technology - CNT 264

Security Testing Methods

3 Credit Hours
3 Lecture Hours

Course Description

This course provides students with a deeper understanding of system security by exploring principles and techniques used to actively test systems for security weaknesses and their impact (often referred to as penetration testing). Topics covered include test planning, reconnaissance, execution, reporting and mitigation of weaknesses that occur from software misconfigurations or programming errors. Students will use open source security testing software to carry out security testing in an appropriate environment.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)


Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Outline well known security testing methodologies.
  • Distinguish types of penetration testing and vulnerability assessment.
  • Construct a security testing environment for safe and appropriate use of security testing software.
  • Summarize considerations for creating a security testing plan.
  • Assess target vulnerabilities using available information and tools.
  • Explore tools used to research and exploit vulnerabilities.
  • Manipulate target systems to escalate privileges and maintain system access.
  • Explore tools and methods used to test wireless networks.
  • Prepare appropriate reports detailing testing procedures and recommendations.

Course Schedule

Currently no sections of this class are being offered.

Key: Day of the Week

  • T = Tuesday
  • R = Thursday
  • S = Saturday
  • X = Sunday