University of Technology Sydney

41184 Secure Programming and Penetration Testing

6cp; 3hpw, on campus
Requisite(s): 31251 Data Structures and Algorithms OR 41012 Programming for Mechatronic Systems
Recommended studies:

C/C++, Code Analysis, Compilers

Fields of practice: Cybersecurity and Privacy program



This subject provides the foundation and theoretical underpinning which aims to understand, detect and defend software vulnerabilities, which can cause unexpected behaviours or exploited by attackers. The source code analysis technique taught in this subject forms an important basis of the penetration testing (ethical hacking). Knowing how to approach and develop automatic auditing systems, identifying vulnerabilities and developing security analysis and testing methods to protect systems against cyber attacks underpin this subject’s conceptual outcomes.

Students in this subject have the opportunity to participate in security challenges and competitions at the national and international levels. The students are assessed based on their technical capabilities in secure programming, software analysis and their communication skills in speaking and writing.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

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