CIT 263 - Cybersecurity Penetration Testing

Course Description

In this course, students will learn and practice current security assessment techniques. This includes the ability to plan/scope an assessment, understand legal/compliance requirements, perform vulnerability scanning/penetrations tests and analyze/report on their findings. This course aligns with the CompTIA Pentest+ certification exam. Group 2 course.

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Required Prerequisites

CIT 240, or instructor permission.

Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies

Completion of CIT 256 and passing the CompTIA Security+ certification exam

General Education Outcomes supported by this course

Critical Thinking - Direct

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Summarize security penetration techniques used to compromise systems.
  • Summarize the importance of planning for an engagement.
  • Compare and contrast different attacks and exploits.
  • Summarize different types of attacks.
  • Summarize mitigation strategies for discovered vulnerabilities.
  • Summarize reporting and communication techniques for disclosing results.
  • Develop a plan and scope for an engagement.
  • Perform penetration tests using security tools.
  • Analyze and report results of tests performed.
  • Evaluate penetration tools based on best practices.
  • Discuss the importance of performing penetration tests and vulnerability assessments.
Human Dimension:
  • Discuss how security assessments (or lack of) impact stakeholders.
  • Collaborate work with others to complete a desired outcome.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Explore ethical dilemmas related to security.
  • Discuss corporate responsibility as it pertains to security.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Seek out solutions to problems on their own.
  • Research available resources on security.