IN5290 – Ethical Hacking
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Teaching and exams spring 2022
In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.
Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.
Ethical hacking covers vulnerability and penetration testing, which are essential elements in modern cybersecurity. Ethical hacking consists of testing the security of IT systems by trying to find and exploit security vulnerabilities.
After completing this course you will
- have knowledge about the theoretical basis for security testing
- have the ability to protect systems against modern cyber attacks
- have information on the legal aspects of performing ethical hacking and to judge what is within and outside permitted activities
- be able to perform practical penetration testing using up-to-date tools and techniques
- be able to evaluate the security status of systems and suggest solutions for removing security vulnerabilities
- be able to use publicly available resources for verifying the status of vulnerabilities and for applying patches
Admission to the course
Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.
Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.
Recommended previous knowledge
General knowledge about information security,
- 10 credits overlap with IN9290 – Ethical Hacking.
4 hours of lectures and practice per week
The home exam constitutes 40% of the final grade, while the final written exam constitutes 60% of the final grade.
Both exams must be passed in the same semester.
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester. Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.