Why study cyber security at university?

19 August 2020
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A cyber security degree is the gateway to exciting job opportunities in a growing industry. If you're keen to use your technical mind to solve contemporary issues, then read on to find out more about this exciting field.  

What is cyber security?

Cyber security protects our devices such as smartphones, laptops and computers from a cyber attack. If security is compromised, any data stored on these devices could be at risk of unauthorised access, theft or destruction. 

Reasons to study cyber security

So, why do you want to study cyber security? In today’s society everything is online and information security has never been more important. Any individual or organisation can be at risk of data breaches and hacks, so specialising in cyber security will put you in an excellent position for securing future employment. A cyber security degree teaches you how to protect computer operating systems, networks, and data from cyber attacks. You’ll learn how to monitor systems and mitigate threats when they happen. Below are just some of the reasons you might want to study it at university. 

Growing job opportunities

Cyber security is relatively new as a specialisation in its own right, with companies recognising more and more that they need in-house experts to protect them from cybercrime. There is also a global shortage of cyber security professionals, which is estimated to reach 3.5 million by 2021 (source: AECC Global). Good news if you want to start a career in cyber security! 

Some of the jobs you could go into include:

  • Application analyst
  • Security analyst 
  • Security engineer
  • Security architect

Variety of specialisms

Cyber security professionals can further specialise in areas such as the dark web, digital forensics and cyberwarfare. Depending on your technical background you might be working on the security for networks, apps or data in an operational setting. You could even be an ethical hacker. 

Solve complex technical puzzles

Studying cyber security gives you the opportunity to use your analytical skills to solve complex problems and analyse data patterns. In your professional life, if a security issue occurs then you’ll need to be able to think quickly to research the problem and troubleshoot to find the cause.

Make an impact

Recovering from a data security breach as an organisation is highly challenging and costly, so having the right people in charge of protecting against this is vital. By working in cyber security you have the chance to make a real impact, and it can be rewarding if you manage to track down an attacker or stop a serious threat.

Fast-moving industry

With digital threats and technologies evolving and our digital networks expanding, cyber security professionals need to be on top of industry trends and ahead of cybercriminals. This constantly changing industry makes for an exciting career choice with plenty of opportunities to learn new skills.    

Why study cyber security at Charles Sturt University Study Centres?

Degrees at Charles Sturt University provide a high-quality, practical education that will set you up for the future. If you’re interested in getting into cyber security as a career then this is the place to start. 

Learn from industry experts

Teaching staff at the Study Centres have a background in research and extensive industry experience. This knowledge informs degree courses and inspires research projects for postgraduate students.

Gain specialist skills 

With the migration of IT infrastructure into the Cloud and vast interconnectivity of devices around the world, there is growing demand for specialists in these areas. A master’s in IT will give you the skills to pursue demanded jobs such as cloud systems administrator, cloud architect, security engineer and network security manager. 

Professionally accredited degrees

Information Technology degrees at Charles Sturt University Study Centres are professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). This recognition is testament to the quality of education and a focus on teaching that meets critical needs of the industry. 

Careers focused environment

Charles Sturt has the highest graduate employment in Australia (QILT, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20), and we are focused on supporting students to shape their future careers. Graduates of our IT programs go on to jobs such as cyber security analyst, cloud architect, software developer and IT manager. 

Careers support and development at Charles Sturt University Study Centres

How to study cyber security in Australia?

If you already have a first degree and want to gain a master’s in cyber security, Charles Sturt University Study Centres offers a choice postgraduate courses. You may not have studied IT before but will have at least three years' relevant work experience, so these courses are a great choice for students from a range of backgrounds. The Master of IT (12 subjects) and Master of IT (16 subjects) both include the option to specialise in Cyber Security and are accredited by the Australian Computer Society. You’ll immerse yourself in topics such as digital forensics, the dark web and cloud privacy and security, as well as advanced core and elective IT subjects. 

If you haven't studied at undergraduate-level and want a broad understanding of IT, you can study a general bachelor’s Information Technology. This will help you understand more about the areas you can specialise in, from network engineering to software design. 

Careers Development Manager Chantal Abdurachman at the Study Centres in Sydney said: 

“The main important part for me is helping the students understand the importance of gaining practical experience with the really great internship program that Charles Sturt University Study Centres offers.* We work together with a company called Gradibility, and the internship program is to help students gain local experience in Australia to help them gain their success in finding a career. It's helping them network, it's helping them connect with industry, but also optimising their career success in finding employment.”

* Provided by Study Group Australia Pty Limited

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