ISIT 450 Network Vulnerabilities and Countermeasures • 5 Cr.


This course covers the concepts of network vulnerabilities from a hacker's perspective. Its focus is professional penetration testing and the securing of information assets. The course provides students with the knowledge to prevent, detect, and respond to network security incidents. Prerequisite: IT 223, NSCOM 202, NSCOM 227 and admission to the BAS Information Systems and Technology Cybersecurity concentration, or permission of instructor.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of legal and ethical conduct in using computer network system.
  • Effectively use appropriate information security software & assessment tools.
  • Conduct security reconnaissance in order to identify network vulnerabilities and attack vectors.
  • Evaluate where information networks are most vulnerable.
  • Perform penetration tests into secure networks for evaluation purposes.
  • Critique security plans designed at protecting data assets against attacks from the Internet.
  • Develop an ongoing security strategy and investigate/mitigate data risk.
  • Quantitatively assess and measure threats to information assets and implement proper safeguards based on risk analysis.