The Careers Spot
Career in Cybersafety
Cyber attacks through hacking, malware infections and email scams are on the rise and can affect every single one of us. Cybercrime can have a major impact on business, such as banking, governments and critical utilities like water and electricity. And even though the digital economy in Australia is worth around $70 billion, and predicted to double in the next five years, cybercrime can make a big dent in that, costing Australians an estimated $1.2 billion in 2016.
As a result, cybersecurity experts are in demand with giant tech firms like Google, Microsoft and Facebook looking for graduates with high-level coding, encryption and forensic investigative skills. Yet such people are difficult to find because of a shortage of highly skilled graduates with hands-on experience.
Cybersecurity students study computer science and develop a deep understanding of coding as well as practical work skills. Just as hackers think strategically and tactically, students in cybersecurity courses are taught to work along these lines too. Students also examine the rise of cyberterrorism, cyber policing and cyber intelligence.
University courses are evolving quickly to be relevant in this rapidly changing area.
Careers: security analyst for financial services, network security officer, cyber threat detector, cybersecurity programmer, technology auditor, security consultant, software development manager, risk analyst.
Both Monash University and Swinburne University offer a variety of courses which involve cybersecurity units of study. These units can be found within the IT and Computer Science degrees. Both institutions offers double degrees, so you can combine your IT or Computer Science degree with Business, Engineering, Arts, Commerce, Law, Science or Games and Animation.