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Cyber Security Major


Provides a number of study streams, focusing on both the practical and theoretical dimensions of cyber security across a range of fundamental areas.

These include network security and vulnerability assessment, information security, digital forensics, cryptography and ethical hacking as well as advanced technical, policy, governance and managerial skills in this area.

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Unit set overview



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online



Students enrolled in the U65 course take the following structure
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSI2108Cryptographic Concepts15
CSG2305Computer Forensics15
MAT3170Data Analysis and Visualisation15
CSI3207Network Security Fundamentals15
CSI3208Ethical Hacking and Defence15
CSG3309IT Security Management15
Elective Unitx 230
Students enrolled in the Y14 course take the following structure
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSI1101Computer Security15
CSG1105Applied Communications15
CSP2101Scripting Languages15
CSG2305Computer Forensics15
CSG2344Project Methods and Professionalism15
CSI3207Network Security Fundamentals15
CSI3208Ethical Hacking and Defence15
CSG3309IT Security Management15

For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse complex cyber security scenarios and incidents to design appropriate strategies to reduce, mitigate or respond to risk.
  2. Apply broad knowledge of concepts, principles and techniques in the discipline of cyber security, including network security and risk management.
  3. Apply discipline knowledge, problem solving and creative thinking skills when undertaking cyber security engagements.
  4. Communicate cyber security concepts and implications clearly and coherently to technical and non-technical audiences.
  5. Demonstrate an appreciation of the conventions and requirements for external collaboration when undertaking cyber security tasks.
  6. Demonstrate autonomous and ongoing learning to ensure continued relevance of capabilities, knowledge and awareness of emerging cyber security developments.
  7. Demonstrate technological literacy by finding, evaluating and using relevant tools and information from a range of sources.
  8. Integrate concepts of diversity and a global outlook when undertaking cyber security engagements.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

Careers opportunities exist in in the field of cyber security, including areas such as network security engineer, computer forensics analyst, information warfare analyst, cryptography, information security officer and information security analyst.

Possible future job titles

Cyber Security Analyst, Network Security Manager, Digital Forensics Investigator, Computer Security Manager, Information Security Manager, Computer Security Auditor, Computer Incident Investigator, Cyber Security Manager, Cyber Security Auditor, Cyber Incident Investigator.

This Major can be studied in the following courses

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Student stories

  • Joseph Dowden

    Joseph Dowden

    Bachelor of Computer Science (Cyber Security major) graduate

    "I came to realise that ECU had a really good reputation when it came to collaboration with industry."

    During high school while researching courses and universities in my area of interest i.e. Computer Science, I came to realise that ECU offers a great combination of theoretical and applied coursework and had a really good reputation when it came to their collaboration with industry. This led me to enroll for this course. During my final year of study I undertook the WIL (Work Integrated Learning) program and was able to participate in a government placement, an experience that completed my studies perfectly and was the perfect introduction to the industry. It developed my professional persona, introduced me to important connections within the industry and enabled me to practice my technical skills within a professional setting. I began this course with an interest in becoming a software developer, however the course has shaped my interests and I have graduated with a promising future in cyber security.

  • Mason Crawford

    Computer Science graduate

    "The benefits of doing a work placement while studying"

    Bachelor of Computer Science student Mason learnt a lot during his Work Integrated Learning placement and was made to feel like he was part of the team right from the start.