Australia’s first degree in cyber war and peace

UNSW Canberra, home to Australia’s only university-based cyber weapons test range, is launching the country's first degree in cyber security, strategy and diplomacy. 

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UNSW is working with industry, government and research leaders worldwide to build a national hub in cyber security education and research. Photo: iStock

The Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS) at UNSW Canberra is opening enrolment to the Australia’s first degree program devoted to cyber war and peace – a Master in Cyber Security, Strategy and Diplomacy that will start in February 2016.

The Master’s degree is offered through online study, so students from all over the world can enrol into the program whether they are in Darwin or Port Headland, Beijing, Boston or Brussels. There are few similar degrees anywhere in the English-speaking world. The course has been put together by UNSW Canberra scholars with world-class reputation in their fields.

Among the experts teaching the course will be ACCS director Professor Jill Slay, Professor Toni Erskine and Dr Greg Austin.

We service the armed forces, security agencies and Australia’s leading private sector actors.

Professor Slay called on Australian and international corporations to continue their support for such education initiatives.

“We are working with industry, government and research leaders worldwide to build a national hub, a centre of excellence, in cyber security education, research and professional development. We service the armed forces, security agencies and Australia’s leading private sector actors”, said Professor Slay, who this year was honoured by the Australian Information Security Association with its inaugural award for “Educator of the Year”.

The new program complements two existing UNSW Canberra Master’s degrees: Master in Cyber Security, focussing more on technical aspects of cyber security (subjects such as reverse engineering of malware) and  Master in Cyber Security Operations (subjects such as cybercrime and cyber terrorism).

The programs are complemented by “red teaming” exercises led by adjunct staff with significant security and intelligence backgrounds in Australia’s only university-based cyber weapons test range.

Other new Master’s program introduced from Semester 1, 2016 include Master of Strategic People Management. The details about all UNSW Canberra Master Programs can be found on UNSW Canberra Website. The enrolment for Semester 1 closes on 20 January 2016.