How do you develop strong information systems security skills? You can start by thinking like a hacker. Some of the best information system security professionals started as hackers. Their experience exploiting vulnerabilities and ability to “think like a hacker” makes them great at their jobs.
You have been asked to perform a security audit on a professor’s process of calculating, storing, and submitting final course grades. Figure out how, if at all possible, the integrity of the grading process could be breached. If you have trouble getting started, ask yourself, “Where would a hacker start?”
Answer the following questions:
- What type of information might one need to know in order to fraudulently change a grade?
- How would you go about finding out this information?
- What questions would you ask the professor to help uncover the information you need?