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Ethical Hacker

Nanodegree Program

This program will equip students with the skills they need to advance in their security career and become an Ethical Hacker or Penetration Tester.

This program will equip students with the skills they need to advance in their security career and become an Ethical Hacker or Penetration Tester.


2 months

Real-world Projects

Completion Certificate

Last Updated June 12, 2024

Skills you'll learn:
Report writing • Cybersecurity reconnaissance • Open-source intelligence • Owasp wstg
Network security fundamentals • Command line interface basics • Computer networking basics

Courses In This Program

Course 1 45 minutes

Welcome To the Ethical Hacker Nanodegree

Lesson 1

An Introduction to Your Nanodegree Program

Welcome! We're so glad you're here. Join us in learning a bit more about what to expect and ways to succeed.

Lesson 2

Getting Help

You are starting a challenging but rewarding journey! Take 5 minutes to read how to get help with projects and content.

Course 2 4 weeks

Introduction to Ethical Hacking

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the broad set of techniques and job responsibilities associated with the role of an Ethical Hacker. Ethical Hackers leverage their knowledge of business’ processes to evaluate risks while protecting core operations. The results of an Ethical Hacker’s efforts are improvements to business policies, procedures and standards of conduct on its computer systems.

Lesson 1

Welcome to Ethical Hacking

Meet the instructor, get an overview of the course and start learning about why Ethical Hacking is such an exciting field. Let's get started!

Lesson 2

Vulnerability Management

Perform a vulnerability scan using automated tools, manage prioritization and response, and score the vulnerabilities you uncover

Lesson 3

System Auditing

Use test scopes to understand the context and objectives of an audit, gather information about our target, research vulnerabilities, execute exploits, and write effective reports on our findings

Lesson 4

Application Auditing

Use OWASP WTG methodologies, create HTTP requests to access target systems and employ semi-automated and fully-automated tools in applications audits

Lesson 5

Social Engineering

Explore the tactics malicious hackers use to manipulate people to take specific actions, conduct a phishing simulation, create and deploy malware and design an effective landing page

Lesson 6


Employ open-source intelligence techniques to uncover information leakage. Use Exploratory Link Analysis techniques to mine data, establish links between the data and analyze the links

Lesson 7 • Project

Audit ExampleCorp

Use the skills you have developed in this course to manage a full-fledged security audit of a fictitious company called ExampleCorp

Course 3 4 weeks

Penetration Testing and Red Teaming

The purpose of this course is to take a deep dive into the specific technique of penetration testing and how it can be used to perform a cybersecurity assessment on a specific system and conducted as a part of a specific penetration testing project within an organization to identify vulnerabilities, flaws and risks.

Lesson 1

Intro to Penetration Testing & Red Team Operations

Brief introduction and foundational knowledge around penetration testing and red teaming.

Lesson 2


In this lesson, we will dive into the first step of penetration testing which focusses on gathering information and data about the target, also known as Reconnaissance.

Lesson 3

Scanning & Research

In this lesson, we will use the information we obtained in reconnaissance to become informed and plan how to breach the target.

Lesson 4

Gaining Access

In this lesson, we will now execute on the information we have from reconnaissance, scanning, and research and will now execute on the plan of how to gain access on the target.

Lesson 5

Maintaining Access

In this lesson, we will learn how to maintain the access that we just go on the target.

Lesson 6

Covering Tracks & Reporting

In this lesson, we will learn how to stay under the radar of the target and not be noticed. And we will also organize all our thoughts in a final comprehensive report.

Lesson 7 • Project

Red Teaming Operations

This project will have you go through modern penetration tester and red teamer methodologies. You will create a documentation and testing efforts to generate a report in a timely fashion.

Course 4 10 minutes


Lesson 1


Congratulations on your graduation from this program! Please join us in celebrating your accomplishments.

Taught By The Best

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Paul Oyelakin

Founder of PJ Pros

Paul Oyelakin is the founder of PJ Professional IT Services. He has experience in security compliance, penetration testing, and architecting network security solutions for business and government. He has an MBA, MS in Cybersecurity, and is a Certified Ethical Hacker & Information System Security Professional.

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Sagar Bansal

Chairman at Bansal X

Sagar Bansal is a consultant, speaker, and author in the information security industry. He helps large enterprises, governments and intelligence agencies reduce the cost of security by creating reliable and proactive security workflows.

Ratings & Reviews

Average Rating: 4.2 Stars

17 Reviews

Reema M.

January 31, 2023


Francis H.

August 17, 2022

It has been much harder than I expected. Although it can be mentally draining at times, nothing good comes out of easiness. I just think that the fact that the program is 2-3 years old, it seems like the Kali linux version might be out of date and some of the tools used during the course might not play well with an outdated version of Kali and so forth. Overall, no major issues and I've learned a whole lot!

sven v.

February 7, 2022


Enrico Maria C.

November 3, 2021

This was one of the best online courses I ever attended! Congrats!

Komsan N.

October 20, 2021

This program cover all about the basics of ethical hacking. As a software developer is really useful to audit our software system. For example finding vulnerabilities, even introducing various tools to help the job done.

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