About this Program
The role of ethical hacker and offensive security has emerged as equally important as defensive security in the information security industry. Pre-emptively discovering, exploiting and helping to remediate security vulnerabilities internally before attackers can weaponize them can save companies millions of dollars and prevent the exposure of highly sensitive information.
In this three-course certificate program, we’ll cover the foundations of ethical hacking, including reconnaissance, rules of engagement, exploitation and remediation. You’ll discover how to perform fundamental and cloud-based application attacks. You’ll have opportunities to apply your new skills and protect your organization’s valuable information with the latest industry tools, techniques and knowledge in a tailored, virtual environment comprised of real-world systems and software stacks.
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Information security professionals, network and system administrators, software developers, technical architects, technical program managers and other technology professionals interested in entering the ethical hacking or penetration testing field.
Jason Tsang, an instructor for the Certificate in Ethical Hacking, describes how the program teaches students to detect major threats to company network vulnerabilities.
Play WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
How to scope, execute and report findings and recommendations for a penetration test
The underlying foundations and concepts of the real-world technologies you're targeting
Threat modeling techniques to identify system and application vulnerabilities
Hacking techniques to bypass security controls at different layers of the technology stack
How to calibrate your penetration testing skillset to broader situations, such as enterprise networks and cloud environments
GET HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE
Practice various real-world hacking techniques using a virtual server environment
Participate in a capture-the-flag capstone challenge
APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP
You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship or Rotary Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For more information, see the
Alumni working in field
Microsoft, Boeing, Snap, Amazon, Google
Projected job growth for penetration testers/hackers in Washington state (2020-2030)
Average salary for penetration testers/hackers in Washington state (2022)
EARN DIGITAL BADGES
You can earn a digital achievement badge for successfully completing this certificate program, as well as a separate badge for each course. These badges can be shared on LinkedIn and other social media sites. Learn more about
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