Meet post-graduate Optus Cybersecurity Scholar Daniel

Meet post-graduate Optus Cybersecurity Scholar Daniel

Master of Cybersecurity (Computer Science) student Daniel Plowright left a career in teaching to pursue the exciting future of cybersecurity. He’s interested in discovering what makes cyber criminals tick.

“I’d love to look into why cyber criminals do what they do and how they think, as well as how they conduct their actions,” said Daniel. “I find the reasons behind their activities interesting, because we can use their behaviours to predict and prevent future adverse actions.”

Daniel hopes to future-proof his career by becoming a cybersecurity analyst. A role in cybersecurity defence isn’t a huge stretch for Daniel, once you understand his past. Before becoming a teacher, he served with the Australian Army for four years, including spending time in the Middle East.

Daniel served for four years in the Middle East with the Australian Army.

What keeps Daniel up at night?

“There are enormous opportunities for cyber criminals to gain access to sensitive data. With the ever increasing use and implementation of technology and connectivity, the options are becoming massive,” he said.

A Bendigo local, Daniel studies online and uses La Trobe’s regional campus as a base, and travels in to Bundoora Campus one weekend each semester for face-to-face class time.

“The course is challenging as I have minimal IT knowledge, however learning new content has been fantastic,” Daniel said. “I enjoy studying and gain a great sense of self-satisfaction from achieving good results. I love being able to attain new knowledge from a world class education facility, while also being able to say I am a student at La Trobe.”

I enjoy studying and gain a great sense of self-satisfaction from achieving good results. I love being able to attain new knowledge from a world class education facility, while also being able to say I am a student at La Trobe.”

Daniel Plowright, La Trobe postgraduate cybersecurity student

The flexibility of Daniel’s course means he has time to juggle other parts of his life with studying. Daniel needs the flexibility, after he welcomed his first baby into the world this year with his wife.

Proud dad Daniel holds his new baby.

A recipient of an Optus Post-Graduate Cybersecurity Scholarship, Daniel receives financial support so there’s more time to focus on his studies, as well as access to opportunities within the industry.

“The acknowledgment and recognition of my worthiness as a student and future cyber-security professional has given me a great sense of pride,” he said. “I’m also able to work less hours as a result of the finances, which has been an enormous help. Additionally, connections with industry and Optus also will be a great benefit to my future career and academic aspirations.

“Applying for the Optus scholarship was a no-brainer, as being a recipient of a scholarship from a renowned company will provide a substantial point of difference when applying for positions in the future.”

Apply for a La Trobe Cybersecurity scholarship

Be quick to apply for these Optus Postgraduate Cybersecurity Scholarships and Optus Undergraduate Cybersecurity Scholarships. Applications for both close July 28, 2019.

The Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship has three places on offer for study at Bundoora Campus. Applications close January 29, 2020.

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