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Cybersecurity: Defensive Hacking

NxtGen Defensive HackingWorkshop Overview:

This course provides students with the concepts and skills for defensive hacking. Students practice hands-on cybersecurity defensive hacking techniques while in a lab environment. Topics covered will include:

  • The concept of “blue teams”
  • Setup of a virtualization environment for threat assessment testing
  • An overview of attack vectors, including brute force, denial of service, scans, backdoor attacks, and more
  • Concepts and methods for mitigation of risk, including firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and intrusion prevention systems
  • Using scanning tools like Nmap, Wireshark, Dig, NSlookup, and others to protect your network

Who should attend:

This NxtGen Tech course is open to any high school sophomore, junior, or senior (and those technically advanced incoming freshmen with Illinois Tech staff approval). No special prerequisite knowledge is required, however, It is recommended that students have some technical knowledge. Students practice hands-on basics techniques and continue into advanced techniques, while building small project-based websites and web applications.


How you will benefit:

In this course we will cover the fundamentals of information security from a defensive hacking perspective.


Workshop objectives (What is covered):

Topics covered the concept of “blue teams,” setup of virtualization environment for threat assessments testing, understanding different attack vectors, brute force, denial of service, scans, backdoor attacks, and others. Additionally, we will cover concepts and methods for mitigation of risk, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, intrusion prevention systems, using snort, Security Onion, and tools for scanning your network for threats



Chicago courses will be taught by Maurice E. Dawson, an assistant professor of cybersecurity and forensics at Illinois Tech and the director of the Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education at Illinois Tech. He has written several books on cybersecurity and conducts research in software assurance, advanced cybersecurity principles, and the internet of things (IoT).

Learn more about Maurice E. Dawson

Wheaton courses will be taught by Don Nelson, an adjunct industry professor of Information Technology and Management at Illinois Tech. He is also a senior validation manager: application enablement and was an information security architect, systems engineer and product manager—IP multimedia subsytem for Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia.

Learn more about Don Nelson


Course Dates, Time, and Location:


Session A: Rice Campus, Wheaton, Illinois—Monday June 22, 2020–Wednesday June 24, 2020

Session B: Mies Campus: Monday July 20, 2020–Wednesday July 22, 2020

Time: 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.


Course Fees:




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