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Course details

​This course prepares students to assess and then correct vulnerabilities present within information systems. Students are introduced to tools and penetration testing methodologies used by ethical hackers. What and who ethical hackers are and how they protect corporate and government data from cyber-attacks is discussed. Methods and tools used in attacks and their countermeasures as well as available security resources and "attack type" systems are also investigated.


  • Network Programming for Security Analysts, Basic knowledge of networking, routing, and switching and OS.





Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of XCSA 1101 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 49695


Fri Sep 15 - Fri Nov 17 (10 weeks)

  • 10 weeks
  • CRN 49695
  • $211.10
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 15 - Nov 17 N/A N/A Online

Hamidreza Talebi

Course outline




Important information
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  2. This course is eligible for students to receive funding through the StrongerBC Future Skills Grant at Students will register for the course themselves, and then apply for the StrongerBC Future Skills Grant to cover payment (if eligible). All applications for StrongerBC future skills grant funding for fall 2023 must be received by end of day September 8. If you have any question about this course, please contact the Program Assistant Selina Li - Please include your BCIT student ID (if you have one). Note: BCIT reserves the right to cancel courses. In the event of a course cancellation, you will be notified at least two business days prior to the course start. Please ensure that your contact information is current in your myBCIT.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify the role of Ethical Hacking in today's network security environment.
  • Describe different types and methods of malicious software, viruses, malware attacks, network attacks, physical security attacks, and vulnerabilities.
  • Identify tools for footprinting and current types of social engineering.
  • Implement port scanning tools and produce port scanning reports by using NMAP.
  • Implement Nessus for finding OS vulnerability.
  • Describe DoS attack.
  • Describe Honeypot
  • Implement network sniffer tools in the network.
  • Describe vulnerabilities and techniques to harden current operating systems.
  • Implement web applications, their vulnerabilities, and the tools used to attack them.
  • Describe terms related to cryptography and cryptanalysis.

Effective as of Winter 2022

Related Programs

Ethical Hacking (XCSA 1101) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Energy

  1. Cybersecurity Analysis for Network Administrators
    Microcredential Part-time


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