Start Date
February
July

Duration
0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
LCCY

SATAC Code
4GC106 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Degree overview

  • Study at the No.1 university in SA for student satisfaction in IT.1
  • On-campus and online study options available.
  • Learn to assess and plan security measures to help protect an organisation from security breaches and attacks on its networks and computer systems.
  • Suitable for business and IT professionals looking to understand all elements of policy, risk mitigation and information security.

1ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20, Computing and Information Systems – Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Join a rapidly growing industry tasked with protecting critical IT infrastructure and information.

The Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security focuses on cyber policy, in particular governance, risk, and compliance, and is designed to meet the demand for cyber security professionals within both public and private organisations.

The substantial growth in cyber security spending in Australia has led to the workforce expanding by about 4,000 since 2017. Growth in jobs in cyber security has far outpaced the national average. Strong job creation in cyber security is likely to continue, with 7,000 more jobs expected to be added to Australia's economy by 20241.

You will develop a fundamental understanding of computer networks and in-depth knowledge in cyber security policy and governance, with an emphasis on analysing business information security needs to develop a resilient corporate technology posture.

You will gain the skills to assess and plan security measures to help protect an organisation from security breaches and attacks on its networks and computer systems.

You’ll also develop a balanced organisational and technical perspective of the principle elements of cyber security, and become proficient in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the governance aspects of security in a large organisation.

1AUSTRALIA'S CYBER SECURITY SECTOR COMPETITIVENESS PLAN, 2021, Australian Cyber Security Growth Network.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will develop a fundamental understanding of computer networks and in-depth knowledge in cyber security policy and governance with an emphasis on analysing business information security needs to develop a resilient corporate technology posture.

You will gain the skills to assess and plan security measures to help protect an organisation from security breaches and attacks on its networks and computer systems.

You’ll also develop a balanced organisational and technical perspective of the principle elements of cyber security, and become proficient in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the governance aspects of security in a large organisation.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Network Infrastructure INFT 5032 4.5
Business Resilience INFS 3083 4.5
Security Principles INFS 5115 4.5
Security Governance INFS 5114 4.5

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security

Why this Degree

This program is suitable for business and IT professionals looking to understand all elements of policy, risk mitigation and information security.

UniSA is dedicated to creating strong IT leaders through its industry relevant programs which combine real-world experience with the expertise to succeed. Our qualifications are designed to reflect what employers tell us they want and expect of graduates.

In SA, UniSA has partnered with Optus to establish a Cyber Security Research and Collaboration Hub at Lot Fourteen to educate Australia’s next generation of cybersecurity and data science specialists. The alliance will deliver multi-disciplinary education courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students, along with the creation of a joint research and innovation fund to develop and attract innovation to South Australia. Further information is available here.

Real-world connections

Many of our lecturers are industry practitioners who apply professional practice, highly relevant industrial experiences and practical case studies to their teaching. You may also discover that most of your peers are mature professionals with considerable and continuing practical experience and insights to share.

UniSA is also home to several research institutes, concentrations and centres which inform our curriculum, including:

Online study

Online study

Part, or all, of this degree can be studied online. This means that you can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

Cyber security is seen as a national priority area with high demand and a significant skill gap.

As an area of national priority in Australia's commitment to remain safe and competitive in an increasingly digital world, The Commonwealth Government is providing Commonwealth supported places (CSP) to support students undertaking higher education in order to help Australians to retrain and upskill in national priority areas.

Graduates of this program have the skills and expertise required for employment as cyber security professionals within both private and public sector organisations of any size. Typical cyber security roles include:

  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Cyber Security Consultant
  • Cyber Governance Analyst
  • Information Security Analyst

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I completed my PhD at UniSA in high performance computing. My teaching passion is in networking and infrastructure concepts and one of my career highlights has been getting the Internship program with DXC Technology off the ground and ensuring it is a continuing success.

Dr Grant Wigley

Program Director

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