COMP8028 - Security Penetration Testing

Title:Security Penetration Testing
Long Title:Security Penetration Testing
Module Code:COMP8028
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Computer Science
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Sean McSweeney
Module Author: Sean McSweeney
Module Description: Penetration Testing is the process of attacking a computer system to identify and verify security weaknesses. Penetration is essential in determining the real-world feasibility of a given set of attack vectors and testing the ability of network defenders to react and respond to a hostile presence. Penetration Testing is a vital component in maintaining a strong security posture in enterprise environments. This module covers the terminology and techniques used in network penetration testing. The learner will develop both theoretical knowledge of the activities of a penetration tester and the trade-craft necessary to perform network penetration testing.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Assess the steps involved in the planning, scoping and reconnaissance phase of a network penetration test.
LO2 Appraise the tools and techniques used for computer network mapping and vulnerability assessment.
LO3 Evaluate exploitation techniques, frameworks and tools.
LO4 Compare post exploitation techniques and tools.
LO5 Compare password hash generation, storage and use for authentication across a network
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Reconnaissance Techniques
Obtaining basic DNS information (Whois, nslookup), performing zone transfers (dig), DNS interrogation. Google hacking, reconnaissance tools (Spiderfoot) and open source reconnaissance frameworks (Recon-ng).
Scanning Techniques
Port scanning, network mapping and OS fingerprinting (nmap). Vulnerability scanning (OpenVAS).
Exploitation & Backdoors
Exploitation frameworks (Metasploit), Backdoor kits (BO2K), Exploit crafting.
Post Exploitation
Obtaining credentials, pivoting (meterpreter), relays (netcat), shell vs. terminal access, privilege escalation
Passwords
Password Hash Representation methods, salt, password cracking (Cain), rainbow tables (John), passwords crossing a network (SMBus).
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project The learner's understanding of some of the tools and techniques used by hackers to perform reconnaissance, network mapping, vulnerability assessment, exploitation, pivoting, maintaining access and cracking credentials to resources in a network will be assessed through a project consisting of a penetration test. 1,2,3,4,5 50.0 Week 10
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End of Semester Formal Examination. 1,2,3,4,5 50.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture delivering theory underpinning learning outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Practical computer-based lab supporting learning outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent & directed learning. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture delivering theory underpinning learning outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Practical computer-based lab supporting learning outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent & directed learning. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Daniel W. Dieterle 2016, Basic Security Testing with Kali Linux 2, McGraw-Hill [ISBN: 9781530506569]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Peter Kim 2015, The Hacker Playbook 2: Practical Guide To Penetration Testing [ISBN: 9781512214567]
  • Ben Clark 2014, Rtfm: Red Team Field Manual, 1st Ed. [ISBN: 9781494295509]
  • Peter Kim 2014, The Hacker Playbook: Practical Guide To Penetration Testing [ISBN: 9781494932633]
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • Sarraute, C., Buffet, O. and Hoffmann, J. 2013, POMDPs make better hackers: Accounting for uncertainty in penetration testing., 26th Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Toronto, Canada
  • Jajodia, S. Noel, S. and O’Berry, B. 2005, Topological analysis of network attack vulnerability, Managing Cyber Threats, Springer
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_KDNET_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Systems 8 Elective
CR_KITMN_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in IT Management 8 Mandatory