Study for an Ethical Hacking Certificate at South Devon College. Credit: South Devon College

South Devon College: CPD with a difference - ethical hacking

Torbay Weekly

As we approach the summer and students complete their final lessons and exams, things at the college are quietening down.

We’ll soon be preparing to celebrate exam success over the summer, as well as the exciting prospect of enrolling all our new students in September.

The end of term here at the college is traditionally reserved for dedicated CPD time.

This year, alongside our structured training and development opportunities, the team at the college have the opportunity to dip into one of the many free online courses that can be completed at their own pace.

There are courses that will be appropriate for a broad range of employees in any sector, mental health awareness, managing stress, for example.

But there’s also a new suite of more specialist online courses that might surprise you.

The Ethical Hacking Certificate is part of the growing cyber security curriculum here at the college.

This fully online Ethical Hacker Practice Lab will provide you with the necessary platform to gain hands-on skills understanding different hacking tools and techniques.

Ethical hacking involves an authorised attempt to gain what would normally be unauthorised access to a computer system, application, or data.

Carrying out an ethical hack involves duplicating strategies and actions of malicious attackers.

This practice helps to identify security vulnerabilities which can then be resolved before a malicious attacker can exploit them.

Computing student Connor Rosindale, 18, said: “Some of these skills and methods we’re learning can only be used in situations where you’re given the authority.

“Understanding various attack methods means we better understand how to defend against them.”

At the college, computing students got a great taste for cyber security through trialing a series of new workshops.

Gareth Day, head of digital and creative industries, said: “It’s an honour to be able to play a key role as a college in developing and guiding students through the cyber sector; discovering what opportunities there are, learning from industry professionals and a diverse range of companies across the globe on a weekly basis and refining their skills using simulated scenarios on Immersive Labs.

“These simulated scenarios bring students even closer to knowing what working in the sector is really like.”

The same simulated scenarios are what you work within as part of the new Ethical Hacking Certificate and the other online digital courses in the suite, using virtual servers so that you can experiment and break things without any consequence in order to learn.

To find out more, visit to discover what online short courses there are to start now.

Written by Conrad Saunders, programme coordinator for computing and IT at South Devon College.

Conrad Saunders, programme coordinator for computing and IT at South Devon College
Conrad Saunders, programme coordinator for computing and IT at South Devon College