Course essentials

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Full Time, Part Time
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0.5 years full time or longer for part time

Build on your prior grounding in information technology with skills and knowledge in the practice of cyber security. The course content covers the essential areas of cyber security, from proactive cyber threat detection, 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.

Globally, cyber security is expected to have an annual growth of over 20% in the next five years. It involves the the protection of computers, networks, information systems and data from unauthorised access, change or destruction.

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. They can even penetrate enterprise networks, encrypt the hard drive of computers and extort the organisation or computer owners to pay for unlocking the systems.

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.

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Direct applications due 22 February 2018.

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The Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security opens new career possibilities in cyber security. 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.

Course objectives

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.  

Course structure

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

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.


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

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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.

  • TAFE: Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent)
    Four (4) years' experience in a related discipline area, will be considered for admission to this course.
  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Applicants with a Bachelor Degree (AQF7) in the following related disciplines:
    Information Technology, Computer Science, Computing, Information Systems, Engineering, (or equivalent) in a related discipline area, will be considered for admission to this course.
  • Mature: Mature age applicants with significant professional experience, relevant work, education and/or community experience in a related discipline area, may qualify for admission into 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.

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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.

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