With cyber attacks an increasingly common occurrence across all sectors, professionals with the skills to defend individuals, companies, and governments from such threats are in exceptionally high demand. The Master of Cyber Security program equips graduates with both the technical and management skills needed to enter this fast-moving and highly competitive industry. Core modules of study include communications network security, database and information retrieval and project delivery. Candidates may then select from a range of elective modules, such as computer forensics or wireless computing security. As well as the generic MCyberSec program, some institutions offer the option to formally specialise in digital forensics. Programs accredited by the Australian Computer Society are particularly highly regarded.
The Master of Cyber Security prepares students for entry into a range of specialist fields including network security, computer forensics, information warfare and cyber security management. In an age when information security and data protection are critical to the success of an organisation, graduates in this field play the front line role in protecting their employer’s interests. Opportunities exist both in the public and private sectors, in practically any organisation that handles data electronically. Some positions are ‘in-house’, while others are within agencies who serve a large number of clients.
Graduates entering the market as cyber security analysts can earn in the region of $70,000 while those in management positions receive salaries in excess of $100,000. As the global threat from terrorism and cyber-warfare grows, government agencies are also recruiting graduates into their ranks. While the high-pressure and often secretive nature of this work is not for everyone, it can be a rewarding role with excellent career prospects for the right individuals.