RIS520 Course Outline

Course Code: RIS520
Course Name: Risk Management Emergent Technologies
Offered Date: Fall - 2021 | Other versions
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Course Description:

A security professional must be able to test whether the network, services and applications in use by an organization are secure. This testing is done through the practice of penetration testing, known colloquially as ethical hacking, and practiced more thoroughly as red team exercises. Knowing where vulnerabilities are likely to reside, how attackers are likely to exploit them, and how to go about searching for weaknesses are invaluable skills.  This subject will introduce students to the methods, tools, planning and implementation of security assessment of information technology systems.  Particular attention will be paid to the methodologies used in the execution of a penetration test according to accepted practices in the information security industry.

Credit Status: 1 credit in the IFS program.
Prerequisite: RIS420
Mode of Instruction: Two periods interactive lecture and two periods practical exercise development and group discussion per week (four periods total)
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop a successful penetration test using standard methodologies to discover vulnerabilities in a system
  2. Explain the ethical and privacy responsibilities of a professional penetration tester to follow professional guidelines
  3. Determine the scope and timing of a penetration test according to client requirements to complete an engagement in a timely and professional manner
  4. Assess a networked computer system for exploitable vulnerabilities to gather information for a final penetration testing report
  5. Make use of well known attacks to exploit discovered vulnerabilities to gather information for a final penetration testing report
  6. Recommend security improvements for a networked computer system to be included in a final penetration testing report
  7. Compose a professional report containing results and recommendations to improve the security posture of a client
Employability Skills:

    •  Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.|    •  Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.|    •  Execute mathematical operations accurately.|    •  Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.|    •  Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.|    •  Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.|    •  Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.|    •  Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.|    •  Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.|    •  Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.|    •  Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.|
Topic Outline:
  • Comparison: Penetration Testing, ethical hacking, red teaming
  • Ethics and privacy issues in penetration testing
  • Methodologies and metrics of a penetration test
  • Penetration test management
  • Determining scope, timelines, and other requirements
  • Information gathering
  • Vulnerability identification and verification
  • System compromise and privilege escalation
  • Maintaining access and covering tracks
  • Reporting results and making recommendations
  • archiving data and cleaning up

Prescribed Text(s):
The Hacker Playbook 3: Practical Guide To Penetration Testing
by Peter Kim
Independently published (May 2 2018)
ISBN-13: 978-1980901754

The Penetration Testing Execution Standard
The Mitre Attack Framework
Reference Material:

  • Day, Kevin. Inside the Security Mind. Prentice Hall, 2003. ISBN: 0-13-111829-3
  • Information Technology Security and Risk Management by Jill Slay and Andy Koronios, publisher - Wiley 2006 (ISBN: 0-470-80574-9)

  • 2 GB or larger USB Stick
  • Raspberry PI B+
  • 2 x 8B or larger MicroSD cards
  • USB hard drive
Promotion Policy:

Achieve a weighted average of 50% or greater on assessments

Achieve a weighted average of 50% or greater on practical tests


Grading Policyhttp://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/grading-policy.html

A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

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Type of Assessment Weighting
Labs 30%
Projects 40%
Practical tests 30%
Total 100%
Approved By:
Suzanne Abraham
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