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Studying Cyber Security

There’s been an explosion in the number of people connected to the internet through computers, phones (or even their cars, televisions and pets!). By 2020, there will be nearly 200 billion such connected things. We use these devices to store and process personal information, financial information and confidential and sensitive information, like trade secrets, government records and business plans.

This leaves all of us, governments and firms included, vulnerable to cyber security attacks. Being a victim of these attacks can have consequences ranging from loss of information to financial woes to even national security breaches.To avert and minimise these negative episodes, we need suitably qualified cyber security professionals.

Australian universities deliver well-organised, industry-relevant programmes that are valued by employers. In fact, most of the programmes are embedded with a work experience option which involves either undertaking a work placement or completing a cyber security project at an external company.

Most of Australia’s 37 universities offer programmes in cyber security.

Some of the universities where you could study are:

  • Edith Cowan University
  • Macquarie University
  • RMIT University
  • Latrobe University
  • Griffith University

Salary and Career Prospects

Cyber security professionals are needed by virtually every company in every sector, including IT and tech (Microsoft, Apple), retail and hospitality (Marriott, Woolworth), banks (ANZ), pharmaceutical companies (Johnson & Johnson) and the government.

Some of the roles graduates take up are: Cyber Security Architect, Cyber Security Specialist, Incident Response Manager and Cyber Security Threat Analyst.

Salaries vary depending on qualifications, job role, location and experience. As a guide, cyber security professionals earn around $60,000 a year (41 lakhs INR approx). With experience and certifications, this can go up to $120,000 a year (82.5 lakhs INR approx).

Why Study in Australia?

Australia has cemented its place as one of the best study destinations for international students. There are 37 universities in Australia; with 7 featuring in top 100 and 15 in top 250 in QS World Rankings 2019.

Prominent IT and technology companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple, in addition to home-grown brands like Atlassian, Gridware, Aconex operate in Australia. Cities of Melbourne and Sydney have a thriving start-up and innovation landscape

Australians enjoy year-round good weather, high salaries, access to spectacular beaches and a healthy work-life balance. The country is vast and beautiful and has something to offer for everybody, be that opera, music concerts, films, outdoor activities or beaches and surfing.

International graduates are typically offered post-study work visas of up to 3 years upon graduation.

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