Online Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security Governance and Risk Management

Online Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security Governance and Risk Management

POSTGRADUATE

Understand how to design and apply governance and compliance frameworks to cyber security risks and incidents. 

Student type:
Mode of study:
Online
Entry score:

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Duration:
Part-time 1 year
Fees:

AU$3,360 per subject (2023)

Next intake:
January, March, July, October
Location:
Online
Mode of study:
Online
Entry score:

See admissions

Duration:
Part-time 1 year
Fees:

AU$3,360 per subject (2023)

Next intake:
January, March, May, October
Location:
Online

Overview

Advance your career in a high-demand field and lead your organisation’s cyber security management strategy with the Online Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security Governance and Risk Management.

Cyber security is no longer the responsibility of security managers of IT teams. Technological advancements have increased the sophistication and prevalence of cyber attacks, costing the global economy US$6 trillion each year*. Today, cyber security is critical to every organisation’s success, and involves delivering value to sustain growth whilst maintaining a risk-based approach to mitigating the possibilities of a cyber attack.

*Cyber Security Ventures, 2020

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Your online experience

The 100% online degree delivers a convenient online program without the requirement for on-campus attendance and commitments. All lecture material and content is delivered directly to you, wherever you are.

Australian Student Visas

RMIT's online Graduate Certificate does not meet Australian student visa requirements. For an Australian student visa, you must have an on-campus place in a program of study.

Details

Our Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security Governance and Risk Management, developed in collaboration with RMIT’s Cyber Security Research and Innovation Centre, will equip you with the skills to develop and advise on cyber security risk and governance strategies.

You’ll design and apply governance, compliance, and resilience frameworks, and learn how to respond to incidents and manage security governance teams, processes, and projects. You’ll also gain the capabilities to interface with technical cyber teams across all levels of an organisation’s hierarchy.

As part of your studies in this certificate, you'll develop the the skills in cyber security and information security fundamentals, including governance, risk, legislative and compliance requirements.

You’ll assess cyber risks and develop strategies for cyber management.

You will also get the opportunity to work on a cyber security strategy project where you’ll conceptualise, develop, and recommend an organisational strategy for a client in partnership with the Cyber Ready Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC) at RMIT and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

As a result of this qualification, you will be able to:

  • Develop and advise on cyber security risk and governance strategies
  • Design and apply governance and corporate compliance frameworks to protect businesses against cyber security risks and threats
  • Manage teams, processes and projects to deliver on risk, governance and security outcomes
  • Build an understanding of the implications of law, policy, and ethics in cyber security
  • Design appropriate security policy frameworks to protect business and information assets
  • Interface with technical cyber security teams and individuals at different levels of organisational hierarchy

The 100% online program means your learning – and graduation – is fast-tracked and focused. You can enrol in any one of our four, ten-week teaching terms each year.

You can view online resources and learning activities, access course materials via Canvas, collaborate with lecturers and fellow students, and access your student email account anywhere, anytime.

Our online learning platform is purpose-built and brings authenticity to your learning experience, available using your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Coursework is delivered in an engaging way and easy to follow.

You will also have access to discussion boards, online forums, electronic assignment submission, the library and business journals.

Assessment is ongoing throughout the teaching period and includes essays, reports, presentations, case studies, quizzes and research projects. 

This graduate certificate has been designed with industry partners IBM, DPC CSU and Palo Alto.

A hands-on strategy project option is delivered in conjunction with RMIT CIC, AWS.

9 months full time, 12 months part time.

Students undertaking this diploma can expect 10-12 hours of study per week, with each term comprising of 10 weeks.

As part of your studies in this qualification, you will undertake the following subjects:

Fundamentals of Cyber Security 

Develop an understanding of the complexity and nuances of cyber security as a technical discipline and apply key concepts to cyber defence, identity, access management (IdAM) and network security. Develop insights into the anatomy and stages of a cyber attack, and discover key security tools and cyber defences.

Cyber Security Governance, Risk and Compliance Management

Explore current and emerging cyber security governance, risk, and compliance requirements. You’ll evaluate risk management concepts and key legal regulatory and compliance frameworks. Assess and quantify cyber risks and apply modelling and strategies to evaluate threats and vulnerabilities.

Cyber Security Resilience and Incident Management

Develop insights and strategies to align cyber security management with organisational needs, assessing cyber security maturity, incident management, and crisis communication capabilities. Foster a strategic approach to creating a security culture and awareness in relation to assets and record management, and design roles and responsibilities, processes, and governance structures for organisational cyber resilience.

Electives

You will choose one from the following four subjects:

Cyber Security Strategy Project

Undertake a project to conceptualise, develop, and recommend organisational strategies for a real client in partnership with the Cyber Ready Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC) at RMIT and AWS. Learn how to apply, demonstrate, and reflect your strategic approach to an industry problem. As part of this subject, you’ll design a cyber security solution that will address industry challenges through applying AWS’s digital innovation techniques and approaches.

Data and Privacy in the Digital Age

Develop an advanced understanding of Australian and international privacy laws. Comprehend the value of personal and commercial data and examine the obligations relating to the collection, storage, and use of customer data. Explore the ethical, social, and regulatory implication of key privacy and data topics and the necessary organisational response in the event of a data breach.

Digital Leadership and Digital Delivery with Agile

This elective includes two of RMIT Online’s Future Skills short subjects. The digital leadership component will expose you to the leadership practices and mindsets required to lead product development and product teams. You’ll be introduced to leadership frameworks and models within fast changing digital environments. The agile delivery component will enable you to understand the depth and breadth of agile frameworks, methods, tools and techniques and how to select, blend and apply these broadly across business domains.

Law and Policy for Emerging Technologies

This elective examines the emergence of new technologies and its impacts on modern society, ethics, law, regulation, and policy. You’ll study a range of theories and approaches for developing suitable regulations that are able to keep up and remain flexible with technological change.

Career

Upon completion of this qualification, graduates will have robust skills in cyber and information security fundamentals, including governance, risk, legislative, and compliance requirements.

You will be equipped with the skills to recomend frameworks and compliance strategies and solutions for organisational settings.

Admissions

An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent, or higher-level qualification, from a recognised tertiary institution plus 2 years relevant work experience. 

If you do not have these academic qualifications, you may be eligible for entrance into this program if you have at least 5 years continuous full-time experience working in business, information systems, or cyber security. These applicants will be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV).

Academic requirements:

  • An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent, or higher-level qualification, from a recognised tertiary institution plus 2 years relevant work experience. 

If you do not have these academic qualifications, you may be eligible for entrance into this program if you have at least 5 years continuous full-time experience working in business, information systems, or cyber security. These applicants will be required to submit a curriculum vitae (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.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

Find out about pathways at RMIT.

Fees

2023 tuition fees:

  • AU$3,360 per course
  • Total AU$13,440 for four courses.

Fees apply to 2023 only.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF) based on your enrolment load, which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. Eligible local students can apply for an SA-HELP loan to defer payment of their SSAF.

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

Some students may be eligible to apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme. 

Visit our HELP loans page for lots of useful information about eligibility, how to apply and payment. You can apply for FEE-HELP once you have enrolled in a program.

HELP loans are not available to international students.

2023 tuition fees:

  • AU$3,360 per course
  • Total AU$13,440 for four courses.

Fees apply to 2023 only.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF) based on your enrolment load, which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. Eligible local students can apply for an SA-HELP loan to defer payment of their SSAF.

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.