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Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 7,138

The total number of Master degree and Graduate Certificate enrolments since Charles Sturt University and IT Masters launched our first qualification in 2003.

Short Course Enrolments: 188,944

The total number of enrolments in our free short courses that we offer as a ‘taster’ of what it is like to study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

Free Short Course: Hacking Countermeasures

The aim of this short course is to give you a taste of what it is like to undertake Postgraduate study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University. The Hacking Countermeasures short course covers sections of our subject ITE516 Hacking Countermeasures, an elective subject in the Information Systems Security Masters Degree at Charles Sturt University.

The short course was run in May-June 2014 over 5 weeks. Recordings of the Webinars are available immediately once you sign up.

The course is free to undertake.

Enter your details below if you wish to register for the “Hacking Countermeasures” Short Course.

Course Schedule 

Week 1

Module 1: Introduction to Hacking Countermeasures
Module 2: Footprinting and Reconnaissance
Demo: How do hackers “hack”?

Week 2

Module 3: Scanning Networks
Module 4: Enumeration
Demo: U w1ll 0w3n T3hm 500n

Week 3

Module 5: System Hacking
Module 6: Trojans and Backdoors
Module 7: Viruses and Worms
Demo: See how Malware infects our systems!

Week 4

Module 8: Penetration Testing
Demo: What Pen Testers do to fight back against bad guys!
Exam Review

Week 5

Online test. A free, open-book test.

Students will have the opportunity to sit this timed (1 hour) test, at any time that suits them. 


Course Information Q&A

Question 1: Who is the target audience for this course?

The course is aimed at System Administrators, Network Administrators and anyone who is interested in network security technologies.

Question 2: Who presented the Webinars?

The Webinars were be presented by one of the world’s most popular & motivational Cyber Security presenters – Erdal Ozkaya.  Erdal’s awards and speaking engagements include:

  • 2011 : EC-Council (Global) Instructor of the year
  • 2012 : Microsoft Most Valuable Professional – Windows Expert : IT Pro
  • 2012 : EC-Council Roll of Honour CEH, CHFI, ENSA, ECSA
  • 2012 : EC-Council (Global) Instructor of the year (Circle of Excellence) -Partner of the year
  • 2013 : Microsoft Most Valuable Professional – Windows Expert : IT Pro
  • Microsoft TechEd Australia 2013
  • Microsoft TechEd Europe 2013
  • Microsoft TechEd North America 2013
  • AusCERT Australia 2012
  • Australian Information Security Association National Conference (AISA) 2010

Question 3: Is there a final exam?

Yes – There will be an exam at the end of the course. The exam is a timed open book exam that will sit at your computer.

Question 4: Do I get a certificate if I complete the course?

As the official sitting period has now lapsed, no more certificates are able to be issued. You are still able to complete the exam for your own benefit and test your knowledge.

Question 5: Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Completion of the course will not qualify for credit, however the content does cover sections of the subject ITE516 Hacking Countermeasures. This short course will prepare you well should you choose to continue to studying with Charles Sturt University. To find out how much credit you would qualify for, fill out the Eligibility form at     

Question 6: Does this course qualify me to attempt the EC-Council ‘Ethical Hacking’ certification exam? 

No – this short course only covers part of the Ethical Hacking curriculum.  In order to attempt the certification you need to have attended a full official training course or meet the requirements to attempt the exam without attending official training course (  refers).