Cyber Sleuth Level 2: Cyber Security & Exploit a Website

Cyber security is a booming field worldwide. Our Cyber Security Immersion Program will give you a chance to test the waters and see whether this exciting field is for you. The program comprises a sequence of four courses totaling 7 weeks of online training with a short break between each course.

In this simulation-based, hands-on learning environment, you will learn critical skills while playing the role of a junior information security professional at a fictional government agency. You will work with real tools and follow procedures used by cyber security professionals to develop technical skills with the guidance of a knowledgeable mentor.

No prior knowledge of computer networks or operating systems is assumed. Successful students demonstrate intense curiosity, willingness to persist through difficult problems, attention to detail, and engagement in self-directed learning.

Cyber Security Level 2: Exploit a Vulnerable Website

In Cyber Security Level 2, you will learn to "think like an attacker" by exploiting the vulnerability of a website to access password files on that server. You will crack the webmaster's password in order to access the server with all the webmaster's privileges. Once you have privileged access, you will locate the server's vulnerability and patch the source of the problem so no one else can break into the server. Since you will learn skills that can be used both legally (authorized penetration testing) and illegally (unauthorized computer access) the course also covers the legal issues associated with these techniques and emphasizes our own zero-tolerance course policy regarding illegal behavior. No prior programming experience is required.

Learn to:

  • Think like an attacker
  • Exploit a website
  • Crack a password
  • Repair a common website vulnerability
  • Work with Burp Suite and John the Ripper, two tools used by cyber security professionals

Level 2 will run for one week from 1:00-3:00PM PDT Monday through Friday, in a structured meeting-style with a course mentor, followed by about 2 hours of independent work after each class, with optional office hours from 4:00-5:00PM PDT on weekdays. Course activities and class meetings are facilitated by industry experts who partner with UC Davis.

Note: Cyber security courses are restricted to 11th and 12th grade students.

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