Mr Kieren Nicolas Lovell and Dr David Modic

Ethical hacking tests the vulnerabilities of an organisation’s network. It is more than using IT, but involves an understanding of the psychological and sociological frameworks within which uses that network function. This course introduces students from all subject areas to the basics of hacking and Open Source Intelligence gathering techniques, and teaches them how to use these skills practically and within legal boundaries of the European Union. Both theoretical and practical aspects of (ethical) hacking will be covered with an emphasis on follow-through.

Intended Audience

This course will be of interest to students studying psychology and sociology, as well as anyone interested in puzzle solving and role playing. Acting, social engineering, behaviour modification, and nudge techniques will be explored.

Previous Knowledge

No previous knowledge of computer science is necessary, although a passion for computing and technology is recommended. A working knowledge of computers and the internet would be advantageous.

Transferable Knowledge and Skills

  1. A working knowledge of how large IT systems and organisations work, and in what way their weaknesses can be exploited
  2. A comprehensive understanding of individual rights and liabilities when it comes to vulnerability investigation
  3. Familiarity with Cyber Incidents and responding to them, across personal and institutional contexts