Master of Cybersecurity

A new La Trobe University initiative will take students inside the mind of a hacker to combat a growing spate of cyber attacks on Australian businesses.

The University has worked with companies including Optus, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Australia Post and CISCO to develop a new Master of Cybersecurity course, designed by industry for industry.

As more and more Australian businesses and Governments are subject to cyber attacks, and industry and universities are being urged to work more closely, there is an increasing demand for cyber security experts in a wide range of industries.

An exponential surge in cyber crime is estimated to cost the Australian economy $1 billion a year, with a dire need for a more skilled workforce of cyber professionals right now.

Globally, the current workforce of one million will need to grow fivefold by 2019, to meet demand.

Head of La Trobe University’s School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Professor Wenny Rahayu said La Trobe’s new course, set to be taught from early 2017, would be taught by industry experts using real life case studies to ensure they are prepared to protect our economy.

“A Master of Cybersecurity from La Trobe University will equip students with the skills to excel in a rapidly-developing jobs market,” Professor Rahayu said.

“Our course is different because it will be multi-disciplinary and give people from across a wide range of organisational functions – from finance to law to business operations – the skills and perspective they need to protect their company.

“We are confident our graduates will be well-positioned to find employment within national and global organisations, where demand is high for cybersecurity specialists,” Professor Rahayu said.

La Trobe students in the new course, which is currently taking enrolments, will be able to specialise in one of three streams:

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

Graduates will be well positioned for careers including; security architect, cyber intelligence, compliance assurance manager, security consultant, security analyst, security policy advisor and risk management specialist.

John Paitaridis, Optus Business Managing Director said, "We are pleased to collaborate with La Trobe University on development of the cyber security curriculum, ensuring academia meets the needs of industry in this vital area. We will bring deep industry knowledge and expertise in cyber security to help solve the real life cyber security challenges facing organisations across enterprise and government."

La Trobe Adjunct Professor and Director of Emerging Businesses and Federal Government at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Michael Fieldhouse said the course was attractive to organisations like Hewlett Packard, because students would be aligned with real world issues and equipped with the required knowledge and skills.

“I am personally excited to see the graduates of this course, as La Trobe University has worked closely with industry to craft the course content so it is aligned with current industry issues for students entering the Cyber Security industry,” Mr Fieldhouse said.

“Students will immerse themselves across three streams essential to this field; computer science, business operations and law, and leave the course as holistic thinkers that can hit the ground running and develop strategies to protect and defend businesses from cybercrime.”

The course is being offered at La Trobe’s City Campus on Collins Street.

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