Online Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security
DurationPart-time 1 year, Full time 9 months
AU$11,520 (2020 total)
Next intakeJanuary, July, April, October
Next intakeNot applicable
According to the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), it’s estimated that cyber security incidents cost Australian businesses $29 billion each year. Cyber security is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital or cyber attacks. These attacks generally focus on accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive individual or business information, in order to extort money or interrupt business procedures for personal gain.
With the enhanced sophistication of cyber crimes and increasing number of incidents each year, now is the best time to develop your capabilities and commence a highly sought after, value adding career within cyber security.
In this graduate certificate, you will complete four subjects:
- Structures of Cyberspace
- Programming Fundamentals
- An Introduction to Information Security, and
- Case Studies in Cyber Security.
In Structures of Cyberspace, you'll learn how to apply abstract thinking to cyberspace scenarios and navigate through the language and other dimensions of cyber security to expand your knowledge, skills and application. You'll also learn how to communicate abstract ideas using text, symbols and diagrams, perform simple calculations and collaborate within a small team.
In Programming Fundamentals, you'll analyse simple computing problems, devise suitable algorithmic solutions, and code these algorithmic solutions in a computer programming language. Finally, yo’ll learn how to develop maintainable and reusable solutions using the object-oriented paradigm.
In An Introduction to Information Security, you'll acquire a practical overview of the issues involved in information security and assurance. This subject will also take you through the application and skills required to study further concepts in information security. You'll also communicate and interpret ideas related to the principles of information security.
In your final subject, Case Studies in Cyber Security, you'll devise and discuss information security risks and challenges encountered in modern information security applications. You'll also learn how to identify professional careers or postgraduate research opportunities in information security. Focus will also be on work practice and group dynamics theory relevant to the interdisciplinary and people-centred nature of information security. Finally, you'll learn how to communicate both technical and non-technical material in various forms to a variety of audiences.
In this graduate certificate, you will complete four subjects: Structures of Cyberspace, Programming Fundamentals, An Introduction to Information Security, and Case Studies in Cyber Security.
Cyberspace refers to the hardware, software, algorithms, and protocols of digital communication. The ability to employ abstract thinking towards any problems within cyberspace is foundational to any cyber security professional. In this course, you’ll learn the mathematical tools and language needed to describe and interpret structures of cyberspace.
Programming skills represent a generic problem-solving ability and are considered essential for anyone involved in the development and maintenance of software systems. Programming skills are also vital for analysing software vulnerabilities, identifying malicious software, and other tasks required for cyber security analysts. This programming fundamentals course will introduce you to foundational knowledge of computer systems, software interactions, conceptual building blocks for programming, and basic computer programming.
In Introduction to Information Security, you’ll get an overview of data and computer security and concentrate on technical and continuity management issues. The basic information security objectives such as data integrity, identification, message authentication, authorisation, validation and access control are examined. Cryptographic techniques and the basic philosophy of key management is also introduced. The ideas behind behind hacking, cracking and social engineering will be discussed in the context of ethics and their place in information security.
In your last course, Case Studies in Cyber Security, you’ll be able to apply the knowledge and skills obtained to study further concepts in information security, communicate and interpret ideas related to information security, and work in small groups.
As a graduate of the Online Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security, you'll have a detailed understanding of cyber security fundamentals and programming, preparing you for a practical role within the industry.
Graduates can transition into roles such as penetration testers, IT security engineers, security architects, IT security consultants, and more.
An Australian Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any discipline, or 5 years’ full-time work experience. Applicants will need to submit a CV.
International students are required to provide current evidence of English language proficiency for admission to RMIT University. You can provide your results from one of these three options:
- An accepted English language proficiency test, or
- An accepted English language provider, or
- A recognised Australian or international qualification.
Graduates of this program are also able to articulate into RMIT’s on-campus Master of Cyber Security.
Students of this program are also eligible to apply for work experience placement opportunities with the government’s Australian Defence Force Cyber Gap Program
2020 indicative fees
Full-fee places: AU$11,520.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amount quoted is the 2020 total program tuition fee, and is based on a total annual load of 48 credit points. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for postgraduate study.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
This program is approved for income support.
You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.
If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or the Department of Human Services for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.