Penetration Testing Fundamentals

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Understand the mind and state of a hacker to defend against attacks

Learn penetration testing and threat intelligence methods so you can find and fix security vulnerabilities in any organisation.

This course may be stacked into a Master degree. 


Key facts

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

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2 weeks
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There are no prerequisites for this short course
Digital Credential

Why this course?

This microcredential is aimed at people without prior knowledge, and looks into the software tools and technologies for use in testing system defenses. 


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


Course content

Course topics will include:

  • Types of penetration testing
  • Penetration testing ethical considerations
  • Penetration testing methodologies and phases
  • Engagement activities before penetration testing
  • Penetration testing reports
  • Penetration testing reconnaissance.

On successful completion of this course, you wil be awarded a digital credential and earn 5 credit points that can be accumulated with its partner course, Applied Penetration Testing Fundamentals, to stack into  'Penetration testing principles (CSE5PEN)', a subject within the Master of Cybersecurity. 

Credit for study in this course (advanced standing) is 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.

You’ll learn:

This microcredential will equip you with basic skills in:

  • Assessing and using appropriate tools and technologies for use in system testing
  • Evaluating the results of a penetration test and make recommendations to improve system security.

Your study experience

This fully online course is delivered over two weeks.  The total expected time commitment for this course is up to 40 hours, which includes guided learning, extended reading and assessment.  


The assessment for this course comprises an online quiz, with a pass rate of 80%.  


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