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2020-2021 Course Catalog 
2020-2021 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Offensive Security Certificate

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Total Credits: 24

Major Number: 5928
CIP Code: 11.1003

Program Description

Ethical hacking and offensive security skills are becoming a critical discipline of cybersecurity programs for all organizations. It is important that ethical hacking is conducted against organizations to help identify security gaps, ensure protections are in place, and to effectively measure a cybersecurity program’s ability to detect and respond to these activities. Without this skill set, organizations are left to assume that their cybersecurity controls and programs are working effectively and as intended. Students completing this Offensive Security curriculum will develop highly marketable skills and knowledge around ethical hacking that translates directly to real organizations. In particular, graduates will have hands-on experience through classroom labs against a variety of technologies including IoT devices, Windows, Linux, mobile applications, web applications, and more. Students will be able to conduct both fundamental attack techniques as well as more sophisticated threat tactics.

Program Prerequisites

Course placement into MATH 0070  or above, or completion of MATH 0030  or MATH 0060  with a grade of C or higher, course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052  with a grade of C or higher and successful completion of ECT 1001  with a grade of C or higher or proof of current A+ certification or demonstrated, relevant work experience or instructor consent.

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Program Requirements

Total Credits: 24

Career/Occupational Requirements


MnTC/General Education Requirements


MnTC Elective Requirements


Additional Elective Requirements


Additional Requirements


Program Information

General Requirements for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

See Century College Policy

Program Note


Transfer, Articulation Agreements, and Partnerships

See the Century College website for information regarding transfer.
This program is intended primarily for employment preparation rather than transfer to a four-year institution. Some courses may not transfer to a number of four-year colleges. If you are considering the possibility of transfer, you may wish to talk with your advisor, counselor, or program instructor before registering to discuss your goals, look at programs designed for transfer, and develop a plan.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program students will be able to:

  • Clearly explain the ethics of approved and unapproved hacking.
  • Create reports based on ethical hacking findings.
  • Effectively articulate the impact of discovered vulnerabilities.
  • Effectively articulate remediation recommendations of discovered vulnerabilities.
  • Explain penetration testing methodologies.
  • Install and use basic ethical hacking tools such as Kali Linux, Nmap, and Metasploit.
  • Identify and exploit vulnerabilities on a network.
  • Identify and exploit vulnerabilities commonly found on web applications.
  • Identify and exploit vulnerabilities commonly found on IoT devices.
  • Identify and exploit vulnerabilities commonly found on mobile applications.
  • Conduct advanced threat tactics against Microsoft Windows environments.
  • Simulate sophisticated threat tactics.
  • Build and create attack infrastructures for threat simulations.

Program Contact Information

Israel Alade 651.773.1787 Room 1743 East

Sample Plan

Please note that this is a sample course sequence. Individual schedules will vary depending upon student needs, goals, and availability. Students are recommended to meet with their advisor, counselor, or faculty program instructors to create an individualized plan that includes prerequisites and application requirements. For detailed program information see the Century College website. This information is subject to change.


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