Fall 2020 - CMPT 782 G100

Cybersecurity Lab I (6)

Class Number: 6678

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM



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, exploit vulnerabilities, and to determine what attackers might gain after a successful vulnerability exploitation.


This is the first lab course for the students enrolled into the Cybersecurity concentration of Professional Master's Program. This course covers three core topics: penetration testing, web security and cloud security. The course lectures will provide students with the background needed to complete the hands-on weekly assignments. Students need a computer with reliable Internet connection. For some assignments your computer should be able to run three VMs (Kali, Windows XP and Windows 7) at the same time. There will be three in-class quizzes and one group course project in the course. The details will be discussed in the first week of the semester.


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


  • Grading will be discussed in the first week of class. Students must attain an overall passing grade on the weighted average of exams in the course in order to obtain a clear pass (C- or better).



  • Security in Computing, Charles P. Pfleeger, Shari Lawrence Pfleeger, Jonathan Margulies, Prentice Hall, 2015, 9780134085043
  • Securing the Cloud: Cloud Computer Security Techniques and Tactics, Vic (J.R.) Winkler, Syngress, 2011, 9781597495929

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).