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Next intake: 
23 July 2018
Duration: 
0.5 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 15 July 2018

Overview

Build on your prior grounding in information technology with skills and knowledge in the practice of cyber security.

This course content covers the essential areas of cyber security, from proactive cyber threat detection and risk management to cyber law and regulations.

You'll learn from academic staff with a strong research record in cyber security, and industry experts with significant cyber security experience.

Guest lecturers with current experience in the cyber security industry will complement the academic staff and provide you with the latest developments in the field.

Specifically the content includes:

  • Cyber Security Fundamentals
  • Cyber Security Architecture
  • Cyber Security Technologies such as digital signature, public key infrastructure, virtual private networks, firewalls, intrusion detection, data encryption
  • Cloud Security
  • Enterprise Security
  • Cyber Security Regulation, Policies and Laws.

Globally, cyber security is expected to have an annual growth of over 20% in the next five years.

With an increasing number of companies adopting cloud services and storage, valuable data and information systems are increasingly under threat from the hackers and industrial spies. Hackers can even penetrate enterprise networks, encrypt the hard drive of computers and extort the organisation or computer owners to pay for unlocking the systems.

With a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security, you can benefit from the increasing work opportunities associated with protecting computers, networks, information systems and data from unauthorised access, change or destruction.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

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Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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Careers

The Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security opens new career possibilities in cyber security, especially over the next few years with a global shortage of cyber security professionals*.

You'll be prepared as security professionals who have attained specialised expertise in cyber security, such as:

  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Cyber Security Consultant
  • Cloud Security Engineer
  • Network Security Engineer.

* Cybersecurity skills shortage putting public, private sectors at risk, experts say, ABC News, June 2017.

Course structure

To successfully attain the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security, students will be required to complete 48 credit points of Core Studies.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically apply cyber security knowledge and skills to new and uncertain situations in professional practice, exhibiting a high level of personal autonomy and accountability;  
  2. Evaluate cyber security architecture and state-of-the-art technologies including firewalls, virtual private networks, public key infrastructure, digital signature and anti-malwares;  
  3. Apply commercial tools to secure computers and networks in enterprise and cloud systems to ensure privacy and prevent data loss;  
  4. Develop organisational strategies relating to cyber security law, policies and regulations to solve legal challenges of the cyber world.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Full-fee

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

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To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
    OR
    Applicants with a minimum five (5) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

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Direct applications are due on 15 July 2018 for our next intake which starts on 23 July 2018.

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