Specialise in Cyber Security

Study Our Diploma – Specialise in Cyber Security.

We recently revamped our Diploma in IT to give our students access to a range of on-trend specialisations that meet industry needs. One such example is the cyber security specialisation we introduced. In this article, we explore why this is a fantastic field to specialise in and why our Diploma in IT should be thecourse you choose to do this.

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The Importance of Cyber Security

We live in a world driven by technological advancement. Companies continue to leverage digitaltransformation to gain a competitive advantage, and thanks to COVID-19, we saw the swift introduction of even more technologiesto support the need for remote work. This rapid and continuous transformation leaves organisations vulnerable to cyber attacks because it increases the avenues available to access their computernetworks.

Hackers use various tactics to gain unauthorised access to computersystems to exploit the datathey contain. They use this data in many malicious ways, including for identity theft, blackmail, or to disrupt business operations. Regardless of the intent, these attacks can prove detrimental to an organisation leading to severe financial loss or irreparable reputational damage.

Why Study Our Diploma in IT

The cyber security specialisation our Diploma in IT provides covers two pertinent subjects that will make you an expert at safeguarding organisations from online threats. These subjects are penetration testing and ethical hacking.

Penetration Testing

Penetration testers are hired by organisations to evaluate thesafetyof a specific systemor group of systems. They do this using a range of hacking techniques predetermined by their client. There are five main penetration testing phases that you will be required to study during this subject. These include: 

Reconnaissance: collecting as much information as possible about the chosen system(s) to plan the best way to attack it.

Scanning: using various methods to identify all the possible avenues a hackercould use to access the chosen system(s).

Vulnerability Assessment: using the information from the first 2 phases to pinpoint possible vulnerabilities and decide whether they are at risk of exploitation.

Exploitation: trying to access the chosen system(s) to take advantage of the vulnerabilities identified.

Reporting: compiling a report for the client detailing the findings from the test.

Ethical Hacking

Ethical hacking is much broader than penetration testing. Unlike penetration testers, who are restricted to the specific systems and methods the client requests, ethical hackers use a variety of hacking techniques to assess an organisation’s overall security.

Ethical hackers delve into the mind of a hacker to identify vulnerabilities in a computernetwork or system. However, unlike hackers who access organisational data without permission and with malicious intent, ethical hackers have permission from the organisation and use their findings to make improvements that safeguard this data.

Students who study this subject learn the skills to perform ethical hacking on networks, applications,servers, and web applications.

Need More Information?

Would you like more informationabout this course of study? Feel free to send us an email at info@belgiumcampus.ac.za.