Cyber security


Cyber security professionals protect the data and systems of digital services we use for daily business and communication. Study at Deakin and gain the skills to understand cyber issues and ways to identify, diagnose and resolve these challenges.

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Get work-ready

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.

It was one of the only universities in Victoria that offered a cyber security degree. It also offered the Cisco CCNA certification, which is like gold to future employers.

Michael Monnik

Cyber Security student

Learn more about Michael's experiences

'Deakin nurtures life skills rather than simply teaching content. My friends and I started out as high schooler playing video games to creating start-ups, speaking at conferences, and having head-hunters offer positions at well-known companies. It's definitely rewarding to have people approach you for solutions and opinions as you develop yourself both academically and professionally.

The teaching staff will always give you the time of day to address your individual issues, and will give you the utmost support in completing assessments. Support wise, I've had a few incidents where I couldn't make assignments or exams, and I've been given top priority and care through those times.

I loved the community feeling at Deakin best. The faculty is like family and my time at university was never spent alone – you're always seeing people you know. Deakin fosters this and has plenty support for creating or joining groups, societies, or clubs in your interest or field.'

Career opportunities

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
  • consultant
  • cryptographer
  • information security auditor
  • IT security engineer
  • law enforcement
  • project manager
  • cyber security analyst
  • cyber security system developer or programmer
  • cyber security system manager.

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.

Find out more about CSRI

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.

Learn more about researching with us

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Industry connections

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.

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.

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*2019 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students
#ARWU Rankings 2020
^Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019 winner
~According to the Voice Project IT Service Quality Support Benchmark Survey
^^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)