CITS3006 Penetration Testing

Credit
6 points
Offering

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the International Cybersecurity; Cybersecurity major sequences
Content
Students learn how to conduct basic computer system vulnerability analysis and penetration testing looking from an attacker's perspectives to find and exploit vulnerabilities, as well as looking from the defender's perspectives to patch vulnerabilities and conduct forensics to mitigate attacks.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) identify security vulnerabilities in computer systems; (2) demonstrate an understanding of different penetration testing methods and skills; (3) design basic penetration testing methods; (4) select appropriate penetration testing tools for different applications/platforms/environments; and (5) evaluate security design, implementation and penetration testing practices.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) mid-semester test; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the final examination component.

Supplementary assessment is available in this unit for those students who obtain a mark of at least 45 overall provided they have also obtained a mark of at least 45 in a specified component of the unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jin Hong
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
12 points of programming-based units
Advisable prior study:
Python, C/C++, Networks
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; laboratories: 2 hours per week.
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