Penetration testing - think like a hacker

Learn how to test a computer system, network or web application to find security vulnerabilities.

  • Online and in-person
  • Two sessions online or one day in-person
  • 2.5 hours per session online
  • £400 - £675 + VAT

This course will be held on

  • 28 June 2024

    The course will run over two sessions from 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-16:30 on 28 June 2024.

    • Online
    • 10:00 – 16:30


With the guidance of our expert penetration testers, this hands-on course encourages you to think like a hacker.

You will research your organisation and explore vulnerabilities, testing for the most common internet-facing security holes. Your findings will then be compared with others in the community. You will learn how an attacker identifies weaknesses using search engines such as Google and Shodan, and what the hack attempt looks like first-hand.

You will take away an understanding of your own organisation's exposure compared to other organisations, the technical skill to test for the most common internet-facing security weaknesses and how to mitigate risks.

"Extremely beneficial day with solid action points when returning to work. Thanks for a great session!"
Further education administrator and workshop participant

Who should attend

This training course is aimed at the security community, IT staff and IT managers from Jisc member institutions. 

What we cover

During the sessions we will: 

  • Assess exposure via Google; discovering what your network looks like to an internet-based attacker  
  • Perform reconnaissance, performing tests which uncover “low hanging fruit” vulnerabilities
  • Plan to address vulnerabilities found
  • Share and address challenges

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Pricing and eligibility


  • Jisc members - £400 + VAT
  • Non member, not-for-profit - £475 + VAT


  • Jisc members - £500 + VAT
  • Non member, not-for-profit - £675 + VAT

Member types and VAT information

Jisc members: typically publicly funded FE, HE and Research institutions.

Non-members, not-for-profit: Eligible local government, public sector, private/independent education providers and non-profit customers.

VAT is charged at 20% of the value of the service.


For more information, email or phone 01235 822242.

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