Skill Path

Scan Systems with Nmap

Learn about Nmap and see why it’s such a popular tool for ethical hacking and ethical hackers.

Includes Linux, Command Line, Scripting, Lua, Network Discovery, Networking, Cybersecurity, Nmap, Auditing, Coding, Hacking, Security, Scanning, Discovery, and more.

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  • Time to complete

    Average based on combined completion rates — individual pacing in lessons, projects, and quizzes may vary
    4 hours
  • Certificate of completion

  • Prerequisites


About this skill path

Network scanning is essential for cybersecurity professionals to identify any malicious activities and vulnerabilities and gain a better understanding of their network. With the popular ethical hacking tool, Nmap, cybersecurity professionals can efficiently perform network discovery and security auditing. Take this skill path to develop your skill set in network scanning and security auditing.

Skills you'll gain

  • Perform network discovery and auditing
  • Learn why Lua is used for Nmap scripts
  • Create Nmap scripts with Lua


5 units • 7 lessons • 2 projects • 3 quizzes
  • 1


    Gain insight into what you will learn in Scan Systems with Nmap

  • 2

    Nmap Prerequisites

    Before diving into Nmap, there are some prerequisites. Cover basic Linux, command line, and networking knowledge before learning about Nmap!

  • 3

    Getting Started with Nmap

    Learners will be able to explain what Nmap is and the commonly used Nmap features for system scanning.

  • 4

    Nmap Scripting

    Use Nmap scripts with the Nmap Scripting Engine (NSE)! Learners will be able to create and use Nmap scripts written in Lua.

  • 5

    Review: Scan Systems with Nmap

    Review what you learned in Scan Systems with Nmap.

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