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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

Winter 2023

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

CRN 90074


Start any time

  • 10 weeks
  • CRN 90074
  • $206.72
Continuous Entry, Distance or Online

This is an online learning course. Start any time. You have 10 weeks from the date you register to complete this course.


Hamidreza Talebi

Course outline




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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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