Fall 2019 - CMPT 980 G100

Special Topics in Computing Science (3)

Security Testing & Assess

Class Number: 10711

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 5037, Burnaby

    Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    SECB 1013, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 16, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 5016, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Instructor discretion.



This course aims to give students experience to emerging important areas of computing science.


This course is cross-listed with CMPT489- D100

Simulating real attacks on software systems to assess the risk associated with potential security breaches to provide students with hands-on experience necessary for a successful career path in the cybersecurity field. Students are trained as penetration testers to learn how to discover vulnerabilities that could be used by attackers to gain access to a system, exploit vulnerabilities, and to determine what attackers might gain after a successful vulnerability exploitation. The course teaches students how to assess web application security focusing on browser attacks, web attacks targeting users, web attacks using user or website data. Students will learn about and develop an understanding of cloud security architecture and security design principles of cloud computing.


  • Cyber threat intelligence
  • Security assessment via penetration testing
  • Web applications security
  • Cloud computing security



Grading will be discussed in the first week of class.



  • Security in Computing
  • Charles P. Pfleeger, Shari Lawrence Pfleeger, Jonathan Margulies
  • Prentice Hall
  • 2015

ISBN: 9780134085043

Securing the Cloud: Cloud Computer Security Techniques and Tactics
Vic (J.R.) Winkler
ISBN: 9781597495929

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