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Lancaster to offer ethical hacker course

Lancaster University’s ICT Focus unit is to offer the certified ethical hacker qualification developed by the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants.

The university is one of the first UK educational establishments to provide the course.

The ethical hacker qualification is aimed at IT security professionals and experienced systems administrators looking to move into security.

Rachel Fligelstone, head of the ICT Focus unit, said the intensive five-day course would help participants gain an insight into the mind of a hacker – a different approach to that of many other security courses, which focused on risk assessment or disaster recovery.

"They will learn some security principles, but mainly the tools and skills that hackers use to infiltrate IT systems and networks," she said.

Fligelstone said the university was also looking at the possibility of integrating the certified ethical hacker course into its academic degree programmes.

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