Specialization in Ethical Hacking & Pen Testing

The Ethical Hacking & Pen Testing specialization is designed to provide unique applications involved in the professional domain of Cyber Security and Information Assurance (CSIA). The curriculum focus is directed toward ethical hacking and penetration (Pen) testing. Penetration tests probe network and information system security components by conducting simulated attacks on systems. This specialization prepares the professional to develop rules of engagement, prepare a tool kit, discover and exploit system vulnerabilities, ethically conduct a penetration test and prepare penetration test documentation. Red Teaming practices are utilized and Red vs. Blue team exercises are executed.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Devise a mitigation plan against both external and internal vulnerabilities to enterprise computer infrastructures and sensitive digital assets.(PLO2)
  2. Integrate systems-level-infrastructure thinking into CSIA problem identification and resolution, and effectively communicate the solution.[PLO4]
  3. Forecast the impact of continually advancing technology and national and international cyber-legislation on CSIA.[PLO9]
  4. Conduct in-depth research into a specific CSIA topic, including finding and integrating relevant research results of others.[PLO10]
  5. Generate critical thinking in analysis and synthesis of enterprise and global CSIA issues through effective individual and team graduate-level written and oral assignments.[PLO11]
  6. Integrate project development skills in producing a security system.[PLO12]
  7. SPECIALIZATION: Produce a pen test authorization and rules of engagement document.
  8. SPECIALIZATION: Prepare and synthesize process specifications of Red Team actions against a Blue Team defense of a computer infrastructure.
  9. SPECIALIZATION: Prepare and synthesize process specifications of a Blue Team defense used to protect the computer infrastructure against a Red Team attack


This specialization requires 18 graduate units at National University.
Program Requirements (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):