Professional Certificate in Cybersecurity Fundamentals and Ethical Hacking

Date: On Demand

Duration: 6 Days

Course Objectives

This programme is designed for those who need to grasp the foundations of cybersecurity, and subsequently plan and conduct vulnerability assessment and penetration testing.

The first module covers the foundations of cybersecurity, and explains important key cybersecurity concepts and basic techniques, including: cryptography, Public-Key Infrastructure (PKI), secure channel using TLS/SSL, network security protocols, access control in Operating Systems, secure programming, as well as Web security. It also illustrates the fundamentals of how systems can fail due to malicious attacks, and how they can subsequently be protected and hardened. Several cybersecurity tools are also used to demonstrate how relevant cybersecurity techniques can work in practice.

The second module is practice-oriented which demonstrates how cyberattacks can target hosts, networks, and web servers. It also demonstrates how the target systems can subsequently be hardened. With its hands-on approach, the module puts cybersecurity knowledge and concepts into practice by employing various offensive and defensive tools in attacking and defending systems, respectively.

At the end of the programme, the learner will be able to:

  • Explain the CIA security requirements and recognize their breaches in recent security incidents
  • Describe and apply key concepts and mechanisms of principal protection mechanisms in cybersecurity, such as encryption, authentication, and secure channel
  • Identify the limitations of classical cryptographic schemes, and also recognize well-known attacks on vulnerable hosts, networks, and web servers
  • Utilize some basic security tools (e.g., OpenSSL, Wireshark) and security-related Linux commands to perform encryption and network traffic analysis
  • Pinpoint flaws in programs due to common insecure programming practices, and suggest improvements using more secure practices instead
  • Explain ethical hacking’s objectives, stages, and available tools
  • Utilize cybersecurity tools for footprinting and enumerating target systems
  • Utilize cybersecurity tools for scanning for and exploiting vulnerabilities in target systems
  • Utilize cybersecurity tools for performing post-exploitation steps on exploited systems
  • Explain and apply possible counter measures against attacks

Job Role Readiness

It will prepare learners in the following job roles to perform their responsibilities more effectively/ It will prepare learners for the following job roles:

  • Associate Security Analyst
  • Penetration Tester

Who Should Attend

Mid-career PMETs and anyone would like to take up the role as Associate Security Analyst / Penetration Tester / Cyber Incident Investigator.


  • Knowledge of basic computer programming, and preferably some experience in using Linux Operating System
  • Basic Computer networking

Course Conveners

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Course Fees

Singapore Citizens
39 years old or younger
40 years old or older
Singapore PRs
Enhanced Training Support for SMEs
International Participants

Total Nett Programme Fee Payable, Including GST, after additional funding from the various funding schemes

Participants must fulfill at least 75% attendance and pass all assessment components to be eligible for SSG funding.

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Course Code:
Introduction to Cybersecurity Programme: TGS-2022012735 (Classroom Learning) / TGS-2022012743 (Synchronous e-learning)
Ethical Hacking and System Hardening: TGS-2022012263 (Classroom Learning) / TGS-2022012319 (Synchronous e-learning)

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