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Cyber security specialists plan and implement security measures to protect computer networks and systems from cyber-attacks and manage incident responses.

Cyber security is a specialisation within the field of information technology. Cyber security specialists are in every industry. All organisations need to protect themselves from viruses, malware, hacking, privacy breaches and other cyber threats.

Our communications systems rely on space infrastructure including satellites, ground stations and data links. These assets are all vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Therefore, cyber security specialists are critical to the space industry to ensure that data transmissions remain secure.

Programming skills in a range of languages are essential to working in cyber security. Cyber security specialists also need to be able to run vulnerability and penetration tests and have a thorough understanding of computer networking and protection.

Study pathway

There is no minimum study requirement to work as a cyber security specialist, however, there are many study options available.

The following TAFE courses are relevant to becoming a cyber security specialist:

The following universities offer undergraduate study options related to the space industry which may be relevant to becoming a cyber security specialist:

Degrees in the following study areas may also be relevant to becoming a cyber security specialist:

  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Information Technology
  • Networking
  • Software Engineering

Almost all universities in Australia offer degrees in computer science. Visit individual university websites for more information.

At the postgraduate level, the following courses may provide space industry skills relevant to cyber security:

Postgraduate qualifications by coursework or research in relevant areas of computer science may also support a career in cyber security. Visit individual university websites for more information.

Industry certifications are also widely-regarded. These include:

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
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