Adversarial Cyberspace Operations

Course #CY4710

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


This course explores the underlying principles and TTPs (tactics, tools and procedures) of offensive cyberspace operations, and considers the campaign-level advantages achievable through delivery of cyber effects. It examines the use of cyber capabilities against target networks, based on a methodology of cyber reconnaissance of network defenses and vulnerabilities, analysis of viable options for exploitations, preparation and delivery of cyber effects, and post-delivery impact assessment. Students will gain experience using the latest tools and techniques for penetration-testing against target networks.

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 225


  • CY3000
  • CS3690

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the cyber effects delivery process (e.g., the cyber kill chain) as it applies to the targeting cycle and the delivery of cyber effects in support of mission objectives.
  • Describe and conduct cyber reconnaissance, to include footprinting, scanning, and enumeration, using common TTPs and tools.
  • Gain familiarity with the principles of cyber planning in support of commander's objectives, to include mission analysis and target identification.
  • Understand and successfully use cyber capabilities and techniques suitable for achieving a desired cyber effect.
  • Describe the concepts underlying weaponeering in cyberspace.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in computer network exploitation, to include obtaining access, elevating privilege and data exfiltration.
  • Describe the importance of stealth and non-attribution in cyber effects delivery.
  • Describe and perform post-delivery analysis and assessment of cyber effects delivery.
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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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