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Introduction to Ethical Hacking Tools

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This learning path has been designed to introduce you to a number of different ethical hacking tools, covering:

  • Nmap network scanner
  • Netcat network utility
  • Metasploit vulnerability exploitation tool
  • Nikto web app scanner
  • SQLmap SQL injection tool
  • Burpsuite web app proxy
  • Dirbuster vulnerability scanner
  • Droopescan vulnerability exploitation tool

You will be guided through this learning path with a variety of video tutorials, in addition to hands-on labs and PDF resources 

Intended Audience

If you are looking to become an ethical hacker, or have an interest in security and would like to gain an understanding on how to protect your environment through different ethical hacking methods and techniques, then this learning path is for you. 

Learning Objectives

To introduce you to the most popular ethical hacking tools including:

  • Various types of footprinting and reconnaissance tools 
  • Network scanning techniques and scanning tools 
  • Enumeration techniques and enumeration tools 
  • SQL injection attacks and injection detection tools 

Useful Tools for Independent learning

Here are two extra resources that will be useful for independent learning:

How to Install Virtual Box 

How to install Kali Linux on Virtual Box 


  • Basic familiarity with Windows and Linux systems e.g. how to view a system’s IP address, command-line utilities
  • Basic understanding of Network fundamentals e.g. IP addressing, knowledge of protocols such as ICMP, HTTP, and DNS
  • Basic understanding of HTTP fundamentals e.g. Structure of an HTTP request, HTTP method verbs, HTTP response codes 


We welcome all feedback and suggestions - please contact us at support@cloudacademy.com if you are unsure about where to start or if you would like help getting started.

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About the Author
Richard Beck
Director of Cyber Security at QA
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Richard Beck is Director of Cyber Security at QA. He works with customers to build effective and successful security training solutions tailored for business needs. Richard has over 15 years' experience in senior Information Security roles. Prior to QA, Richard was Head of Information Security for an organization that underpins 20% of the UK's Critical National Infrastructure. Richard also held Security and Technical Management posts in the Defence, Financial Services, and HMG. Richard sits on a number of security advisory panels and previously chaired the Communication Industry Personnel Security Information Exchange (CPNI). Richard is also a STEM Ambassador working to engage and enthuse young people in the area of cybersecurity. Providing a unique perspective on the world of cybersecurity to teachers and encourage young people to consider a career in cybersecurity.

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