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Our IT courses offer an immersive learning experience. Access the latest technology and facilities and pursue industry internships to succeed in your course, and stand out to future employers. The professional experience you gain ensures you’ll be well-armed to apply your learning in the workplace and deal with imminent threats and challenges emerging from the digital space.
Undergraduate (your first degree)
An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.
Postgraduate (further study)
A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.
Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)
Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.
The course content is truly reflective of the industry. With the ever-changing cyber security landscape, students are well placed to hit the ground running.
Cyber Security graduate
Learn more about Colby's experiences
'Cyber Security is integrated into everything we do, and from early in my career I noticed a growing need for Cyber Security professionals in Australia. Every day we hear terms like 'data breach', 'cyber-attack' or 'ransomware', and the impact these issues can have on individuals, organisations and governments. Security extends beyond technology and into the physical world, integrated in everything we do.
My career as a Penetration Tester allows me to assist organisations in securing their infrastructure and digital assets. Through emulating real-world cyber-attacks and advising on best practice security strategies, I am able to assist clients in providing a safe and secure environment for consumers. Ultimately, what led me to a career in cyber security was the opportunity to make an impact in people's lives.
My role requires me to work with a variety of different systems, be it web applications, infrastructure, mobile or even physical security. From there, I work with countless types of technology, frameworks and programming languages, across multiple industry sectors. These applications are often cutting-edge or have not been released, so as a technology enthusiast I get the opportunity to work with some really awesome systems and applications.'
By studying cyber security at Deakin you’ll gain sound knowledge and understanding of threats and challenges, and the concepts and practices applied in cyber security. You'll also become skilled in identifying, diagnosing, analysing and handling the challenges of:
- computer crime and digital forensics
- evaluating software for security vulnerabilities
- designing and securing operating systems, networks, websites and databases
- performing risk assessments
- responding to cyber security incidents
- integrating security requirements into new developments.
As a graduate you may find employment in one of the following roles:
- business analyst
- information security auditor
- IT security engineer
- law enforcement
- project manager
- cyber security analyst
- cyber security system developer or programmer
- cyber security system manager.
Cyber security at Deakin
Study cyber security at Deakin and develop the in-demand skills sought after by a diverse range of industries. Hear from two of our students about their learning experience and why these skills are needed in today's world.
Information technology facilities
Discover Deakin's fully equipped computer labs and spaces, specialised equipment and technologies found in our IT facilities at our Melbourne Burwood Campus.
Get the expertise you need to succeed
Cyber security is a growing issue for individuals and businesses alike. As a cyber security graduate you’ll have the skills demanded by a diverse range of industry and government sectors. Our courses are industry-specific, so you study issues important to industry – like implementing security technologies to protect against hackers or developing cyber security solutions.
Industry experience in every IT course
All IT students can undertake an internship, allowing you to apply your learning and gain industry experience that counts towards your degree. You'll also experience the work environment and develop valuable professional networks before you graduate.
Most of our IT courses are accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS), ensuring a high quality of education and providing you with international recognition as an ICT industry professional so you stand out to future employers.
Industry cyber security certifications
Students studying cyber security will have the opportunity to complete industry cyber security certifications. This means when a student completes their studies they will have a greater opportunity to gain employment within the cyber security industry.
Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation
Deakin's Centre for Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation (CSRI) develops innovative technologies and methodologies for securing cyberspace in Australia and beyond. Engaging directly with industry and governments through collaborative research projects, CSRI provides protection from major cyber security threats. CSRI models and informs policy development as well as raising cyber safety awareness levels.
Research with us
The School of Information Technology aims to benefit society by generating new fundamental knowledge, training tomorrow's technology leaders and advancing industry technologies to maintain a competitive edge. Our research develops your skills and, with our expert staff supervising you, you'll be on the right path to a successful career.
We're here to help
If you're dreaming of an exciting and rewarding career in cyber security, we'll help get you there.
How a cyber security career can secure your future
With the demand for cyber security specialists at a record high, there's never been a better time to get started on a cyber security career path.
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Close industry partnerships
We recognise the importance of maintaining strong industry links and being closely aligned with the IT industry. IT representatives from leading corporate industries and the government sector guide our curriculum and teaching programs, keeping our courses current and relevant to industry needs, which is key in a sector where change is constant.
Deakin also hosts guest speakers from key industry partners on a regular basis, keeping you abreast of industry trends, as well as providing important networking opportunities.
Browse other disciplines within information technology
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*2019 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students
#ARWU Rankings 2020
^Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 winner
~According to the Voice Project IT Service Quality Support Benchmark Survey
^^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2020 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)