Introduction to Ethical Hacking


The Introduction to Ethical Hacking micro-credential highlights the need for penetration testing and how it can help businesses identify the flaws within their own IT infrastructure.

This 10-week course is designed to introduce learners to the concepts and system of Ethical Hacking. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the tools, techniques, methods and stages of conducting a hack of a target, as well as the legal requirements for doing so in an Ethical and Legal manner.


Course overview

During this course, you will learn:

  • Ethical Hacking: An Introduction
  • Discovering system vulnerabilities
  • Let’s hack the system “ethically!”
  • Tools used in hacking activity
  • Techniques and methods that hackers use to breach a target system or network
  • Different types of attacks and the breadth of skills employed


Course aims

Upon completion of this course, you will obtain skills and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Ethical Hacking concepts
  • Hacking Terminology
  • Hacking Tools and Techniques
  • Computer Networking Concepts
  • Computer Fundamentals Concepts
  • Hacking Methods
  • Legal and Ethical requirements for an Ethical Hack
  • Virtual Machines and Hypervisors
  • TOR



Knowledge gained: 

  • Cybersecurity is more important than ever within a modern SME (small to medium-sized business) - with regulatory and legal compliance with GDPR and data security of the key concerns often raised by employees and customers.
  • Ethical Hacking is a key area of Cyber defence. It highlights system vulnerabilities and enables data controllers and system owners to implement robust procedures, methods and policies to protect the data that they hold.
  • Ethical hacking also protects businesses from the wide-ranging impact of data breaches and cybersecurity incidents.
  • This module will give SME staff and owners the ability to understand the concepts and benefits of an Ethical Hack.


Skills gained: 

  • It will also enable SMEs to determine what kind of test is the best for their business, and their particular objectives.
  • It will also serve to provide a safer working environment for employees as they will be able to see first-hand that the SME is taking their data security, as well as their cybersecurity, seriously.
  • Having these skills within the enterprise will improve competitiveness as further assurances can be provided to stakeholders and customers that the SME takes data security seriously.
  • Understanding of how to interpret technical reports around this topic.



  • Professionals looking to enhance their careers in this area
  • Learners looking to change disciplines
  • Learners looking to decide whether to pursue certifications or a role in this area
  • Professionals looking to change careers or enhance their skills
  • For anyone interested in hacking!



On completion of this micro-credential, participants will receive a certificate of learning.



The Staffordshire E-Skills & Entrepreneurship Gateway (SEGway) programme is part funded by the European Social Fund.

Delivery method
Blended learning

10 weeks

Start date

Thursday 1 September 2022

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts
Certificate of Attendance

Entry requirements

This training course is exclusively available to Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire based students, graduates and businesses with a maximum of 250 employees.


This training course is free to all Staffordshire based SMEs, students or graduates who reside in Staffordshire and start-up businesses. 


Dr Qusay Al Maatouk



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