Hacking: The Business and Criminological Frames

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Explore the inner world of hackers and how they make money.

A follow up course to The Psychology of Hacking, this microcredential looks at the various business models and value chains used by hackers. 

This course may be stacked into a Master degree. 


Key facts

Course category
Information Technology and Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity, Master Microcredentials, Security and Risk

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The Psychology of Hacking
Digital Credential

Why this course?

This microcredential builds on concepts introduced in The Psychology of Hacking and gives you insights into how hackers organise their operations.



Together with its companion course, this microcredential can be stacked into a subject for potential advanced standing in the Master of Cybersecurity.

Course content

Topics include:

  • The profit models and value chain behind hackers' activities
  • Standard business security practices from the viewpoint of the hacker
  • Methods and mechanisms for reducing data breaches.

On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a digital credential and earn 10 credit points that can be accumulated with its partner course, The Psychology of Hacking', to stack into 'Inside the Mind of a Hacker (CSE5010)', a subject in the Master of Cybersecurity.

Credit for study in this course may be available. This recognises prior study or learning that can be credited towards a qualification, thereby reducing the number of subjects required to complete a course. For further information refer to the advanced standing requirements.

You’ll learn:

This microcredential will give you skills to:

  • Deconstruct and critically analyse the business models used by hackers
  • Evaluate standard security practices using insights into how hackers work
  • Recommend processes and practices to reduce the likelihood of data breaches. 









Your study experience

The course is delivered online over a 4 week period.  The total expected time commitment is 80 hours.  

The assessment for this course comprises:

  • Multiple choice and short answer assessment on secure software testing (50%)
  • Written report on secure software implementation and a programming task for secure software Implementation (50%). 










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