Introduction to Defensive Hacking

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$249; payment is due upon registration

Date and Time

June 26–29 (Monday-Thursday), 1–4 p.m. CST

Program Registration

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Applications are viewed on a rolling basis, and seats in the program are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 



Workshop Overview

This course provides students with the concepts and skills for defensive hacking. Students will practice hands-on cybersecurity defensive hacking techniques while in a lab environment. Topics covered will include:

  • The concept of “blue teams”
  • Setup of a virtualization environment for threat assessment testing
  • An overview of attack vectors, including brute force, denial of service, scans, backdoor attacks, and more
  • Concepts and methods for mitigation of risk, including firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and intrusion prevention systems
  • Using scanning tools like Nmap, Wireshark, Dig, NSlookup, and others to protect your network
  • In this bootcamp, you will practice fundamental cybersecurity skills that will allow you to defend a system or network against hackers. You’ll learn many of the principles and new technologies that cybersecurity experts use to stop malicious hackers from compromising a system.

Workshop Objectives

Topics covered include the concept of “blue teams,” the setup of the virtualization environment for threat assessments testing, understanding different attack vectors, brute force, denial of service, scans, backdoor attacks, and other topics. Additionally, we will cover concepts and methods for mitigation of risk, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, intrusion prevention systems, and using snort, Security Onion, and other tools for scanning your network for threats.

Eligibility and Program Requirements

  • This cybersecurity course is open to any high school sophomore, junior, or senior (ages 14-17) worldwide, as well as those technically advanced incoming freshmen who receive Illinois Tech staff approval. No prerequisite knowledge is required; however, it is recommended that students have some technical knowledge. Students practice hands-on, basic techniques and continue into advanced techniques while building small project-based websites and web applications.
  • students must be at least 14 years old to participate.
  • Upon registration, students must submit the following in order to confirm enrollment in the program:
    • Program fee
    • Parental consent form, which will be sent by email via DocuSign
  • Access to a laptop or desktop computer, stable internet access, and the ability to download and install software is required. The program will take place online using the Zoom platform. In order for the program to be as interactive as possible, students are encouraged to use their webcam during the synchronous sessions. Students participating in Illinois Tech online summer programs must be at least 14 years of age to participate. View our Zoom privacy policy.

Technology Requirements

This program will require the download and installation of software and the use of video conferencing. To participate, students should plan to use a laptop or desktop computer with the minimum specifications:

  • Access to high-speed internet
  • There is a 4 GB minimum—8 GB is recommended—needed of RAM
  • Hard drive space of 60-100 GB or larger
  • Webcam and speakers/headset and microphone are recommended
  • Windows/Mac OS preferred

Please note that students will not be able to participate fully in the program with Chromebooks, tablets, or cell phones, and their use is not advised.


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