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Masters in cybersecurity: Here are five Australian universities to consider.

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Cybersecurity professionals are needed all across the world.


By U2B Staff 

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Our tech-driven era means an increasing reliance on technology across all spectrums of our personal and professional lives. But while they make life simpler and things more accessible, they also present new challenges, including cybersecurity.

Common cyberthreats like ransomware can negatively affect companies’ software and hardware. Meanwhile, cloud computing systems are vulnerable to hackers who can find loopholes to read and obtain sensitive data.

Deloitte said there is a chronic shortage of talent around the world, adding that evolving threats increase the level of cyber risk at a faster pace than existing cybersecurity teams can handle. 

This is echoed by non-profit IT security organisation (ISC)²  which found that the cybersecurity workforce needs to grow 145% to close the skills gap and better defend organisations worldwide. This spells opportunity for professionals and graduates who are looking to carve themselves a career in the field. 

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Australia is home to several institutions that offer postgraduate cybersecurity degrees for  preparing the next generation of skilled cybersecurity professionals who are ready to respond, adapt and evolve with the security demands of the future.

Below are some options: 

Monash University

Monash is part of the Group of Eight (Go8), a coalition of world-leading research-intensive Australian universities.

Their Master of Cybersecurity programme aims to give students the skills to manage and administer cybersecurity and blockchain. It expands students’ knowledge of how to design, deploy and maintain security services, by combining theory with practice. Students can expect to explore issues faced both by users and application providers and devise possible solutions.

Graduates will be prepared for careers as security systems analysts, systems designers, data security specialists or security software engineers or administrators.

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University of South Australia

Students of the university’s Master of Cybersecurity programme will study technical topics such as web and cloud security, network security, digital forensics, identity management, and access control. Students will also study a range of core and technical courses including network infrastructure, security governance, web and cloud security, and cybersecurity risk and compliance. 

The programme is taught by industry professionals and world-class lecturers, ensuring students develop the skills and expertise required to assess, design and implement enterprise-wide cybersecurity. 

RMIT University

RMIT’s Master of Cybersecurity programme aims to equip students with the mathematical, technical and business tools to secure an organisation’s information systems.

Prospective students can expect to learn about local area network (LAN) security, cryptography, the Advanced Encryption Standard, RSA, smartcards, biometrics, ethical hacking and information systems risk management, in addition to completing specific courses that focus on work-integrated learning (WIL).

This course also includes opportunities for cybersecurity internships with both large and small organisations.
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Deakin University

If you want to be armed with the skills and technical know-how for a successful career in cyber security anywhere in the world – whether within a business, government or law enforcement – Deakin’s Master of Cybersecurity course might be ideal. 

Throughout the programme, students will learn how to detect, analyse and confront cyber security challenges. You can expect to focus on a range of studies, and gain knowledge about system security and digital forensics, analytics, organisational security and human aspects of cyber security.

La Trobe University

La Trobe’s Master of Cybersecurity (Computer Science) is comprehensive. Prospective students can expect to learn a wide variety of things, including cybersecurity fundamentals, an understanding of blockchain, network security, digital forensics and penetration testing, crisis communication, and legal and ethical frameworks.

These provide students with a solid foundation for developing industry-relevant skills before specialising in Computer Science. Whether or not you have existing experience in IT, this course is your pathway to start or progress your career in the cybersecurity domain, notes its website.