ITE516 Hacking Countermeasures (8)

In this subject students will learn how to test computing systems for vulnerabilities and secure them against hacking. Students will learn how attackers find weaknesses in a computing environment, and be asked to critically evaluate system defences intended to prevent such attacks. Students will become familiar with perimeter and endpoint defences, before learning how to scan and attack networks. Students will also become familiar with the material they need to prepare for the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) industry certification exam during this subject.


Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ITE516. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Computing and Mathematics

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to students enrolled in IT Masters relevant courses.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse information system weaknesses, and demonstrate how these make an environment vulnerable to attack;
  • be able to use reconnaissance tools and techniques to obtain information during this phase of the hacking process;
  • be able to compare different techniques used by intruders to penetrate a system and escalate privileges;
  • be able to implement countermeasures to prevent attackers causing harm to their target, and from covering their tracks; and
  • be able to analyse and compare common web application attack techniques, and justify defences that mitigate these attacks.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Footprinting, scanning and enumeration
  • System hacking and penetration testing
  • Trojans, back doors, viruses and worms
  • Network traffic sniffing
  • Denial of service
  • Social engineering
  • Identifying and exploiting network vulnerabilities
  • Cross-site scripting and SQL injection
  • Physical security
  • Evading IDS, firewalls and honeypots
  • Buffer overflows
  • Cryptography


For further information about courses and subjects outlined in the CSU handbook please contact:

Current students

Future students

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.