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Ethical Hacking Certificate

$1,395 • Complete in 12 weeks • Meets Mondays 6:30-9 p.m.

This program introduces and teaches ethical hacking or penetration (pen) testing. Pen testers are contracted to test customer systems by hacking into them and to present test results to the customer.

This certificate program will be of interest to IT professionals seeking a background in pen testing, to those seeking to improve their network and security skills toward entry-level employment, to managers seeking to better understand how illegal hackers may target system vulnerability, and to end users seeking to learn the legal and ethical constraints of ethical hacking.

Students who complete the program will earn a professional certificate as well as CEUs. Your registration in the certificate includes the three required modules.

No application is required. Simply register for for the certificate program, which enrolls you in all three required modules.

The certificate is designed for:

  • Entry-level and early-career IT professionals
  • Information security professionals
  • Business professionals interested in IT security
  • Legal and regulatory professionals
  • Risk analysts and managers, privacy analysts and specialists
  • Career switchers seeking professional training, especially quasi-legal hackers

Modules & Additional Details

Module 1: Introduction to Ethical Hacking

In order to defeat hackers, you need to think like a hacker. This course provides the basics of ethical hacking including definitions, processes, and procedures. This introduction covers topics to get you started with ethical hacking, including the history of hacking, ethical hacking ethics, computer system fundamentals, cryptography, footprinting and reconnaissance, enumerations of services, gaining access to systems, social engineering, and physical security.

  • For anyone interested in ethical hacking and penetration testing.
  • Participants should have basic IT knowledge and beginner level information security knowledge.
  • No programming skills required.
Module 2: Introduction to Ethical Hacking Tools

This course introduces the tools and methodologies that hackers use. Topics covered include network scanning, enumeration of services, gaining system access, Trojans, viruses, worms, covert channels, sniffers, denial of service, session hijacking, web servers, SQL injection, wireless networking, and evasion.

  • For anyone interested in ethical hacking and penetration testing.
  • Participants should have basic IT knowledge and beginner level information security knowledge.
  • No programming skills required. 
Module 3: Introduction to the Metasploit Network

This course introduces the Metasploit framework, arguably the most popular penetration testing software. Topics covered include how Metasploit works, the Metasploit framework, Metasploit commands, and how to find vulnerabilities.

  • For anyone interested in ethical hacking and penetration testing
  • Participants should have basic IT knowledge and beginner level information security knowledge.
  • No programming skills required. An understanding of basic Linux skills would be valuable, but not required.
Anticipated Outcomes

At the completion of the certificate program, participants will:

  • Develop a vocabulary and understand the basics of ethical hacking
  • Recognize the context, definitions, processes and procedures of ethical hacking
  • Understand and learn the tools and methodologies that hackers use
  • Learn to use Metasploit, one of the most popular penetration testing frameworks
Earning the Certificate in Ethical Hacking

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:

  • Complete the required certificate modules.
  • Pass the learning outcomes assessment (LOA) in each module.
  • Complete the certificate program (all three modules) within 3 months.
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Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173
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