A penetration test, colloquially known as a pen test, is an authorised simulated cyber attack on a computer system, performed to evaluate the security of the system. During this subject, students will learn how to use penetration testing to gain an understanding of the security posture of IT environments and then highlight short- and long-term recommendations for increasing security. Students will then develop a comprehensive report detailing the findings of a penetration test and what steps the organisation needs to take to reduce their cyber security risk profile. The subject also provides hands-on activities for students to practice their penetration testing skills by engaging in a practical exercise in which they hack into a controlled lab environment.
School of Computing and Mathematics
Only available to students enrolled in IT Masters relevant courses.
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