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.

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, masters 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.

Colby Clayton

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.'

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 safety. 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 IT security incidents
  • integrating security requirements into new developments.

As a graduate you may find employment in one of the following roles:

  • cyber security analyst
  • network security analyst
  • cyber threat analyst
  • incident responder
  • operations coordinator
  • penetration tester
  • cyber security advisor
  • vulnerability researcher
  • cyber security consultant
  • information security auditor
  • IT security engineer
  • digital forensics analyst
  • project manager
  • cyber security system developer or programmer
  • cyber security system manager.
Cyber security at Deakin

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

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 safety 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 IT 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 safety 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 IT 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

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 specialists to fill cyber security jobs at a record high, now is the time to start your cyber security career journey.

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Converting a cyber security internship into a graduate position

Wondering if you'll get a job right after graduating with a cyber security degree? Thanks to Deakin's industry partnerships it's more likely than you think.

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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.