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Advanced PC Security

When is hacking legal? When you use it to secure your own network. This course will teach you readily available hacking tools and techniques to audit your network so you can locate and close security holes. In six weeks, you will discover how to better protect your system against those who wish to gain unauthorized access.

In this course, you will discover the complex method of electronic breaking and entering. You'll learn the terms and programming behind the interaction between hardware and software when communicating through a network. Following packets of data from one point to another through an entire network, you will discover where the flaws exist for data loss and security breaches. You'll learn about the seven layers of the OSI model, and the dependencies of hardware and software interaction through packet transmission. Along the way, you will see how private data can quickly become public knowledge. Let this course establish the foundation of your network security. Learn how hackers think so you can harden your defenses against them!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Advanced PC Security

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Advanced PC Security Details + Objective

Course Code: hck

You Will Learn
  • Learn the fundamentals of hacking in order to audit the security of your home computer or business network
  • Discover how information packets move through a network and locate weak points in your own system
  • Examine the terms and programming behind the interaction of hardware and software
  • Learn to manage the risk involved with running certain programs by understanding what they do and how they operate
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Learn the skills and knowledge you will need to protect your own privacy and information
  • Gain confidence and peace of mind through performing your own security audits
  • Learn ethical hacking skills that are increasingly-valuable and sought after by today’s businesses
Advanced PC Security Outline
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Week 1

Learn about different types of hackers, what motivates them, and when hacking is considered ethical. You will conduct a security audit on your network by trying to penetrate it just as a hacker would! Then, learn the insider techniques of how hackers gain information about business networks through preying on employees!

Week 2

Discover how the search engine works and see how public and private information is stored. You will learn how hackers extract this wealth of information and how they use it against you. Then, learn how an advanced search query can turn into a useful hacking technique.

Week 3

Examine the purpose, function, and communication methods of each layer within the OSI 7 Layer Network Model. Then, discover how communication between two networks takes place, and learn how you can capture packets from your network just as a hacker would.

Week 4

Learn how to look for signs that your network has been exposed or penetrated. Then, examine a PC from the inside out. You will understand what ports are, where they are located, and what they do.

Week 5

Learn to manage the risk involved with running certain network programs by understanding what they do, how they operate, and what you can do to keep them from exposing your network core. Then, learn all about rootkits - the malicious programs that run undetected in the background of your system.

Week 6

Learn how to conduct a risk analysis in order to determine the most vulnerable points within your network. Then, get an introduction to computer forensics and learn how to become a computer investigator so that you'll be prepared if a hacker ever violates your system.

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Advanced PC Security Instructors
Debbie Mahler

Debbie Mahler teaches students at the college and university level on a wide range of business-related topics, worked for nearly 15 years in the PC repair business, has a successful online IT business, has written six books, and writes for several newsletters and other publications. Long before PC security was a front-page topic, Debbie Mahler was reporting on, and educating the public about, viruses and other security threats. It was this early groundwork that earned her the title of Symantec Software Partner and Security Specialist. Debbie holds a B.A. in Applied Behavioral Psychology with graduate work in Organizational Psychology and Computer Information Systems. She was a presidential scholar and graduated with high academic honors including Phi Theta Kappa.

Advanced PC Security Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Completion of Debbie Mahler's online Introduction to PC Security course (or equivalent experience), or completion of David Iseminger's online Introduction to Networking course (or equivalent experience). You must be familiar with PC and networking terminology and have at least a basic knowledge of how networks function. You will also need access to one or more networked computers that do not contain any data you consider sensitive.

Advanced PC Security Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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