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Cyber warfare. Dark web. Digital forensics. Cyber terrorism. It’s virtual but it’s real – and it affects us all. Fraud, hacking, theft and increasingly sophisticated exploits by cybercriminals mean the cost and incidence of cyber-crime is rising globally.
We need you
Cyber security skills are in high demand, yet in short supply. A recent report from Cisco states that there are currently more than one million cyber security job openings globally. The demand is expected to rise to 3.5 million by 2021, with an estimated shortfall of 1.5 million.
The technology and tactics used by criminals are increasing in sophistication, outstripping the capabilities of existing IT and security standards.
A report from the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network projects that over the next decade the Australian cyber security industry could triple in size, with revenues rising to $6 billion by 2026, from just over $2 billion today.
Qualification = increased earning capacity
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistic’s 2016 Census, ICT security specialists with a university qualification earned an average of $262,061 more (over a 25 year period) than the average wage earned by specialists without a university qualification.
You’ll learn from Australian industry leaders
CSU is the leading provider of postgraduate information technology and computer science education in the country, and our Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) is a leading provider of postgraduate research and education for professionals in law enforcement, emergency management and security. Our staff are leaders in their fields and have significant experience and academic expertise.
Be part of a national network
CSU is also a strategic partner of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), a collaboration between leading companies, such as Optus, Cisco, Datacom and CERT Australia; crucial government agencies, such as the Attorney General’s department and the Australian Federal Police; State governments; and leading universities.
Do you have an IT or law enforcement background?
Our Master of Cyber Security and Master of Cyber Studies and Investigations will help get you skilled up and ready to join this rapidly booming industry. Completion of either master’s degree will give you up to fifty per cent credit towards the second master’s degree.
What's the difference between the courses?
Master of Cyber Security
The Master of Cyber Security is perfect if you’ve got a background in IT and computing. You’ll learn specialist skills and knowledge which will allow you to move into specialised cyber security roles.
The course has a strong technical focus in cyber security and you'll cover contemporary topics such as digital forensics, dark web, cyber warfare and terrorism. You'll be taught by leading industry experts who will equip you with the capabilities to address the issues and needs of the rapidly growing cyber security sector.
Master of Cyber Studies and Investigations
Our Master of Cyber Studies and Investigations is ideal if you’ve got a law enforcement background but limited advanced IT skills, or you have an IT background but limited forensic investigations skills.
This high-impact innovative course offers you specialised theoretical knowledge and practical foundations in cyber investigations.
You’ll learn how to use technology as an investigative tool and be able to move into specialised law enforcement or strategic corporate protection roles.
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Higher Degree by Research degrees are different to postgraduate degrees (including Honours and Master’s degrees).
You can find an explanation of the similarities and differences of these study options on our levels of study information page.
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