ISY 250 Network Defenses and Countermeasures

Campus Location:
Georgetown, Dover, Wilmington
Effective Date:
CNE 192


Course Credits and Hours:
3.00 credits
2.00 lecture hours/week
2.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This course examines the different aspects of penetration testing and techniques needed to assess network and application security. Students learn multiple approaches used in ethical hacking and develop incident reports to recommend ways to better secure the environment.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:

USB flash-drive for lab work and broadband Internet access

Schedule Type:
Classroom Course


Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Explain the importance of ethical practices of penetration testing. (CCC 1, 4, 5; PGC 5, 6)
  2. Plan and execute a penetration test. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; PGC 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  3. Produce and present an incident report based on the findings of the penetration test. (CCC1, 2, 3, 4, 5; PGC 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Explain the importance of ethical practices of penetration testing.
    1. Identify ethical standards and relevant application of computer crime laws.
    2. Clarify permission to penetration test.
    3. Articulate risks of penetration testing.
  2. Plan and execute a penetration test.
    1. Determine scope of the penetration test.
    2. Describe the different techniques used in penetration testing.
    3. Research and design a plan to prepare for the penetration test.
    4. Categorize and distinguish vulnerabilities of target systems.
    5. Compromise systems and elevate privileges.
    6. Recognize and apply industry standard tools to compromise systems and elevate privileges.
  3. Produce and present an incident report based on the findings of the penetration test.
    1. Evaluate vulnerabilities and the steps for remediation.
    2. Prepare and organize an initial incident report.
    3. Create and present a final incident report.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

92 100 = A
83 91 = B
75 82 = C
0 74 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):
  1. Identify and remediate vulnerabilities
  2. Design, plan, and install network systems
  3. Install and configure operating systems
  4. Demonstrate the ability to write and debug scripts
  5. Demonstrate professionalism and ethical responsibility
  6. Communicate effectively to diverse groups of stakeholders
  7. Perform change management analysis and documentation
  8. Perform evidence collection and forensics analysis
  9. Create, modify, and/or implement security policies.
Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.