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Cybercrime is a widespread threat and a mainstream concern that can only be combated by highly skilled specialists – but they’re currently in short supply. A report from La Trobe’s industry partner Cisco states there are currently an estimated one million cybersecurity job openings globally. This demand is projected to increase to six million by 2019, with an expected shortfall of 1.5 million.

Our cybersecurity degrees have been created by industry, for industry, and will prepare you to combat large-scale illegal activity and its increasing levels of sophistication. La Trobe is a member of the Victorian Oceania Cyber Security Centre (OCSC), a hub for cybersecurity activities funded by the Victorian Government.

With digital technology informing almost every facet of our lives, cybercrime is no longer just a computer problem. That’s the insight at the heart of La Trobe’s Master of Cybersecurity program. Throughout, you'll learn from cybersecurity experts who draw from their own experiences and use real-world case studies to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

This suite of degrees addresses the critical shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals while giving you the chance to approach cybersecurity from three distinct perspectives:

  • Master of Cybersecurity (Business Operations)
  • Master of Cybersecurity (Computer Science)
  • Master Cybersecurity (Law)

Career opportunities

At La Trobe, we have collaborated with our leading industry partners to design a suite of three distinct Master's degrees that meet the needs of real-world organisations. As a cybersecurity graduate, you'll be an in-demand  specialist in this rapidly growing field.

The industry partners that contributed to the development of our cybersecurity degrees are:

  • Australia Post
  • Cisco
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Symantec
  • Atlassian
  • Cloudera.

Graduates from within our business operations and law degrees are also prepared for roles in senior management and strategy, and can specialise in cybersecurity within their field.

The far-reaching impacts of cybercrime mean our graduates can succeed in many fields, including:

  • national security
  • banking and finance
  • telecommunications
  • health care
  • retail
  • law.

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Inside the Mind of a Hacker: A Seven-Part Web Series

La Trobe University's Master of Cybersecurity trains a different kind of crime fighter for a changing world. As part of the course, students are invited to delve 'inside the mind of a hacker'. What are the motivations of hackers? How has hacking changed through the years?

Now, join our experts in this seven-part web series as they explore that idea, taking you deep inside the mind of a hacker.

A changed world needs a different kind of crimefighter. Have you got what it takes?

1. Cyberwar

Cyberwar attacks are on the rise with rogue nations using hackers to wreak havoc across the globe.

2. Fight or Flight

Online scams trigger our most basic survival instincts. See how we’re responding to the threat.

3. Into the Dark Web

The dark web is empowering criminals to take crime to a new level. Join the fight against this growing cyber threat.

4. Hacking Through the Ages

From free spirits to cyber criminals, understanding the social history of hacking helps us tackle the threat.

5. The Morphing Threat

The biggest cyber threats are hidden and undetected. Only true professionals with deep insights can unearth them.

6. Speculation, Attribution, Motivation

From idealistic 'hacktivism' to darker causes, understanding motivation is essential to dealing with a cyber threat.

7. Low Entry Point, High Value

Accessible and profitable, but resistant to established understandings of international law. How do we fight it?

View the complete playlist

View the complete playlist

We’re training a different kind of crime fighter. Delve further inside the mind of a hacker with the complete web series.

Course details for local students

Master of Cybersecurity (Business Operations)

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount:
$28,400 based on 120 credit points. You may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government no-interest loan for university fees.
Campus:
City
Duration:
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent. Applicants with relevant experience and/or a cognate degree may be granted advanced standing, allowing them to accelerate their studies.
Additional information:
Some of the cybersecurity law subjects available within this degree are currently only available during the Summer Semester.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Cybersecurity (Computer Science)

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
March and July (City), Six intakes per year (Online)
Fees amount:
$28,400 based on 120 credit points.
Campus:
City; Online
Duration:
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent. Applicants with relevant experience and/or a cognate degree may be granted advanced standing, allowing them to accelerate their studies.
Professional recognition:
The Master of Cybersecurity (Computer Science) on the City campus has conditional and provisional accreditation from the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Membership may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Additional information:
Detailed information regarding the Online offering, including teaching periods and how to apply can be located here. Some of the cybersecurity law subjects available within this degree, are currently only available during the Summer Semester.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Cybersecurity (Law)

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
March and July (City), Six intakes per year (Online)
Fees amount:
$28,400 based on 120 credit points. You may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government no-interest loan for university fees.
Campus:
City; Online
Duration:
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent. Applicants with relevant experience and/or a cognate degree may be granted advanced standing, allowing them to accelerate their studies.
Additional information:
Some of the cybersecurity law subjects available within this degree are currently only available during the Summer Semester.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Cyber Security Principles
  • Inside the Mind of a Hacker
  • Network Engineering Fundamentals

Semester 2

  • Issues Management in Strategic Communication
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Intermediate Object-Oriented Programming
  • Cyber Law

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Professional Environment
  • Computer Forensics
  • Data Network Security
  • Wireless Security

Semester 2

  • Information Technology Project
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Analytics in Practice
  • Visual Analytics

This sample course structure is only indicative. For an up to date version please consult the Handbook.

Specialisations, majors and minors

Master of Cybersecurity (Business Operations)

Information security has been identified as a top priority for executives of Australian enterprises. Businesses are looking to protect and maintain their digital assets, and we now know this extends beyond IT professionals. As our economy becomes increasingly digitalised employing business-savvy cybersecurity experts has become a top priority.

Studying our Master of Cybersecurity (Business Operations) will give you a strong advantage over other candidates in the field of business. Your foundational studies will prepare you to understand fundamentals of cybercrime such as the motivations of hackers, crisis communication, and the legal and ethical frameworks of the industry. You’ll then learn to harness analytics and risk management processes to inform key business practices.

You’ll graduate with an understanding of the needs and concerns of corporations, and how to manage the complex business environments that arise as more companies make cybersecurity an integral part of their strategies..

As a graduate, you’ll be indispensable as the bridge between the technical and managerial aspects of cybercrime prevention and data protection.

Master of Cybersecurity (Computer Science)

The global landscape of secure computing is constantly changing. This includes not only how we use computers, but the kinds of devices that are network enabled and the telecommunications networks we rely on. By studying the Master of Cybersecurity (Computer Science), you’ll gain a strong foundation in conventional computer and network security concepts alongside skills in cybersecurity so you can be at the forefront of this burgeoning field.

Your foundational studies will teach you how to respond to a threat by thinking like a hacker. This Master’s will provide you with advanced skills in cryptography, network security, and digital forensics. You’ll graduate ready to take a front line role in cybersecurity innovation, and use the latest software and tools to manage and avert the threat of cybercrime.

For those already working in the information technology industry, specialising in the computer science stream of cybersecurity is a great way to further your career.

Master of Cybersecurity (Law)

Cybercrime is a phenomenon that extends beyond physical and political borders. It’s a criminal industry worth more than guns and drugs. As this trend continues, legal specialists with technical knowledge in cybersecurity are in demand across all kinds of industries - from large corporations looking for counsel on cybersecurity issues to law enforcement agencies attempting to track and prosecute criminals.

By studying our Master of Cybersecurity (Law), you’ll gain an understanding of privacy legislation and the regulations that influence policy formation, policing and international relations. You’ll graduate with a unique understanding of the different jurisdictions relating to data and how they apply to governance of the digital space.

Your foundational knowledge in cybersecurity coupled with your legal specialisation will accelerate your legal career in an international industry.

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One million jobs and counting

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Help address the overwhelming demand for cybersecurity professionals worldwide.

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Choose Master of Cybersecurity at La Trobe

Cybercrime is a widespread threat and a mainstream concern that can only be combated by highly skilled specialists – but they’re currently in short supply. A report from La Trobe’s industry partner Cisco states there are currently an estimated one million cybersecurity job openings globally. This demand is projected to increase to six million by 2019, with an expected shortfall of 1.5 million.

Our cybersecurity degrees have been created by industry, for industry, and will prepare you to combat large-scale illegal activity and its increasing levels of sophistication. La Trobe is a member of the Victorian Oceania Cyber Security Centre (OCSC), a hub for cybersecurity activities funded by the Victorian Government.

With digital technology informing almost every facet of our lives, cybercrime is no longer just a computer problem. That’s the insight at the heart of La Trobe’s Master of Cybersecurity program. Throughout, you will learn from cybersecurity experts who draw from their own experiences and use real-world case studies to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

This suite of degrees addresses the critical shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals while giving you the chance to approach cybersecurity from three distinct perspectives:

  • Master of Cybersecurity (Business Operations)
  • Master of Cybersecurity (Computer Science)
  • Master Cybersecurity (Law)

Career opportunities

At La Trobe, we have collaborated with our leading industry partners to design a suite of three distinct Master's degrees that meet the needs of real-world organisations. As a cybersecurity graduate, you will be an in-demand  specialist in this rapidly growing field.

The industry partners that contributed to the development of our cybersecurity degrees are:

  • Australia Post
  • Cisco
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Symantec
  • Atlassian
  • Cloudera.

Graduates from within our business operations and law degrees are also prepared for roles in senior management and strategy, and can specialise in cybersecurity within their field.

The far-reaching impacts of cybercrime mean our graduates can succeed in many fields, including:

  • national security
  • banking and finance
  • telecommunications
  • health care
  • retail
  • law.

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Inside the Mind of a Hacker: A Seven-Part Web Series

La Trobe University's Master of Cybersecurity trains a different kind of crime fighter for a changing world. As part of the course, students are invited to delve 'inside the mind of a hacker'. What are the motivations of hackers? How has hacking changed through the years?

Now, join our experts in this seven-part web series as they explore that idea, taking you deep inside the mind of a hacker.

A changed world needs a different kind of crimefighter. Have you got what it takes?

1. Cyberwar

Cyberwar attacks are on the rise with rogue nations using hackers to wreak havoc across the globe.

2. Fight or Flight

Online scams trigger our most basic survival instincts. See how we’re responding to the threat.

3. Into the Dark Web

The dark web is empowering criminals to take crime to a new level. Join the fight against this growing cyber threat.

4. Hacking Through the Ages

From free spirits to cyber criminals, understanding the social history of hacking helps us tackle the threat.

5. The Morphing Threat

The biggest cyber threats are hidden and undetected. Only true professionals with deep insights can unearth them.

6. Speculation, Attribution, Motivation

From idealistic 'hacktivism' to darker causes, understanding motivation is essential to dealing with a cyber threat.

7. Low Entry Point, High Value

Accessible and profitable, but resistant to established understandings of international law. How do we fight it?

View the complete playlist

View the complete playlist

We’re training a different kind of crime fighter. Delve further inside the mind of a hacker with the complete web series.

Course details for international students

Master of Cybersecurity (Business Operations) (093079G)

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount ($A):
34 200
Campus:
City
Duration:
2 years full-time Applicants with relevant experience and/or a cognate degree may be granted advanced standing, allowing them to accelerate their studies.
English language requirements:
UG and PG (incl HDR) Option 1 - Academic 6.5, no band less than 6.0 International students need a minimum overall academic IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5.
Academic entry requirements:
Students must have completed an Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline, or approved international equivalent. Applicants must also be proficient in the English language with strong verbal and written communication skills.
Special requirements:
NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Additional information:
Some of the cybersecurity law subjects available as electives within this degree are currently only available during the Summer Semester.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Cybersecurity (Computer Science) (093078G)

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
March and July (City), Six intakes per year (Online)
Fees amount ($A):
34 200
Campus:
City
Duration:
2 years full-time
English language requirements:
UG and PG (incl HDR) Option 1 - Academic 6.5, no band less than 6.0 International students need a minimum overall academic IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5.
Academic entry requirements:
Students must have completed an Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline, or approved international equivalent. Applicants must also be proficient in the English language with strong verbal and written communication skills.
Special requirements:
NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
The Master of Cybersecurity (Computer Science) on the City campus has conditional and provisional accreditation from the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Membership may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Additional information:
Detailed information regarding the Online offering, including teaching periods and how to apply can be located here. Some of the cybersecurity law subjects available as electives within this degree, are currently only available during the Summer Semester.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Cybersecurity (Law) (093080C)

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
March and July (City), Six intakes per year (Online)
Fees amount ($A):
34 200
Campus:
City; Online
Duration:
2 years full-time. Applicants with relevant experience and/or a cognate degree may be granted advanced standing, allowing them to accelerate their studies.
English language requirements:
UG and PG (incl HDR) Option 1 - Academic 6.5, no band less than 6.0 International students need a minimum overall academic IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5.
Academic entry requirements:
Students must have completed an Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline, or approved international equivalent. Applicants must also be proficient in the English language with strong verbal and written communication skills.
Special requirements:
NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Additional information:
Some of the cybersecurity law subjects available within this degree are currently only available during the Summer Semester.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Cyber Security Principles
  • Inside the Mind of a Hacker
  • Network Engineering Fundamentals

Semester 2

  • Issues Management in Strategic Communication
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Intermediate Object-Oriented Programming
  • Cyber Law

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Professional Environment
  • Computer Forensics
  • Data Network Security
  • Wireless Security

Semester 2

  • Information Technology Project
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Analytics in Practice
  • Visual Analytics

This sample course structure is only indicative. For an up to date version please consult the Handbook.

Specialisations, majors and minors

Master of Cybersecurity (Business Operations)

Information security has been identified as a top priority for executives of Australian enterprises. Businesses are looking to protect and maintain their digital assets, and we now know this extends beyond IT professionals. As our economy becomes increasingly digitalised employing business-savvy cybersecurity experts has become a top priority.

Studying our Master of Cybersecurity (Business Operations) will give you a strong advantage over other candidates in the field of business. Your foundational studies will prepare you to understand fundamentals of cybercrime such as the motivations of hackers, crisis communication, and the legal and ethical frameworks of the industry. You’ll then learn to harness analytics and risk management processes to inform key business practices.

You’ll graduate with an understanding of the needs and concerns of corporations, and how to manage the complex business environments that arise as more companies make cybersecurity an integral part of their strategies..

As a graduate, you’ll be indispensable as the bridge between the technical and managerial aspects of cybercrime prevention and data protection.

Master of Cybersecurity (Computer Science)

The global landscape of secure computing is constantly changing. This includes not only how we use computers, but the kinds of devices that are network enabled and the telecommunications networks we rely on. By studying the Master of Cybersecurity (Computer Science), you’ll gain a strong foundation in conventional computer and network security concepts alongside skills in cybersecurity so you can be at the forefront of this burgeoning field.

Your foundational studies will teach you how to respond to a threat by thinking like a hacker. This Master’s will provide you with advanced skills in cryptography, network security, and digital forensics. You’ll graduate ready to take a front line role in cybersecurity innovation, and use the latest software and tools to manage and avert the threat of cybercrime.

For those already working in the information technology industry, specialising in the computer science stream of cybersecurity is a great way to further your career.

Master of Cybersecurity (Law)

Cybercrime is a phenomenon that extends beyond physical and political borders. It’s a criminal industry worth more than guns and drugs. As this trend continues, legal specialists with technical knowledge in cybersecurity are in demand across all kinds of industries - from large corporations looking for counsel on cybersecurity issues to law enforcement agencies attempting to track and prosecute criminals.

By studying our Master of Cybersecurity (Law), you’ll gain an understanding of privacy legislation and the regulations that influence policy formation, policing and international relations. You’ll graduate with a unique understanding of the different jurisdictions relating to data and how they apply to governance of the digital space.

Your foundational knowledge in cybersecurity coupled with your legal specialisation will accelerate your legal career in an international industry.

Contact us