In a world that relies so heavily on data, nobody can afford an attack.
What is cyber security?
At the heart of cyber security is the protection of data.
Today, almost all information is stored digitally, whether it's a company's sales records, or a personal grocery list. Data is everywhere, and can be vulnerable to attacks.
Cyber attacks involve the theft, manipulation or destruction of data that is relied upon by a company or individual. To prevent against this, a layered approach must be taken that combines technology and processes, as well as practices that help employees of organisations be on guard.
It's a complex field of work, with technological, financial, even political implications. In demand are analytical and strategic thinkers, who always keep ethics at the front of mind.
Why study a cyber security course?
The availability of cyber security jobs is growing, as our society becomes increasingly reliant on digital data. Hackers will continue to innovate, so the protection of data will take more ideas, and more hands on deck.
A cyber security career will require you to think and communicate in the online world, so there's no better profession to study online – it will allow you to refine these skills prior to entering the industry as a paid professional.
We offer a range of cyber security courses online, as well as general IT-based courses that delve into computing and internet security. These courses are delivered by universities across Australia – we can help you search, compare and get enrolled.
What you'll learn
Topics vary from course to course, but through a cyber security degree (or similar), you can expect to dive into such areas as:
- The history of intelligence gathering
- Politics and power
- Information warfare
- Systems design
- Securing systems, databases and networks
- Incident response frameworks
- Ethics around privacy and data use
- Simulations of cyber attacks
- Critical thinking and research skills
Cyber security courses
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