Ethical hacking is used to test the vulnerabilities of an organisation’s network. Although it is more than simply using IT, it involves an understanding of the psychological and sociological frameworks within which that network function is used.

This course introduces students from all subject areas to the basics of hacking and Open Source Intelligence gathering techniques, and teaches them how to use these skills practically and within the legal boundaries of the European Union. Both theoretical and practical aspects of (ethical) hacking will be covered with an emphasis on follow-through.

Intended Audience

This course is open to students from all disciplines but may be of particular interest to students studying psychology and sociology, as well as anyone interested in puzzle solving and role playing. Acting, social engineering, behavior modification and nudge techniques will be explored.

Previous Knowledge

No prior knowledge of computer science is necessary, although a passion for computing and technology is recommended. A working knowledge of computers and the internet would be advantageous.

Transferable Knowledge and Skills

This course will help students acquire the following skills:

  • A working knowledge of how large IT systems and organisations work, and in what way their weaknesses can be exploited
  • A comprehensive understanding of individual rights and liabilities when it comes to vulnerability investigation
  • Familiarity with Cyber Incidents and responding to them, across both personal and institutional contexts

Information on the University of Cambridge Pembroke and King's Summer Programme