Cyber Security Program

The Cyber Security Program is designed for IT and non-IT professionals who are interested in transitioning their careers into Cyber Security. The program includes practical training, industry award and job placement support to help professionals secure a job in the cyber security industry.

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The cyber security program can be taken in either 24 weeks part time or 12 weeks full time and is designed for career-driven professionals to transition into the cyber security industry. The program includes pre-work, intensive practical training, industry award and a job outcomes program in collaboration with industry partners. The course content has been tailored to give you the skills that are demanded by businesses in today’s rapidly evolving job market.

Remote learning is available for this program. The interactive remote format enabled by video conferencing technology is a rich and connected experience featuring virtual break-out rooms, shared screens, digital whiteboards, peer to peer collaboration and instructor support.

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With cybercrime rapidly increasing so is the demand for trained cyber professionals.

The opportunity is massive in Australia and around the world.

Australia is expected to catch up to the US tech market in the next 3 years with the Australian cyber security salary average surging. Answer the growing cyber security skills gap and you could be earning up to $180k.

What is Practical Cyber Security Training?

Practical cyber security training is an essential requirement to practice as a cyber security professional. Learn from industry experts on how to defend from cyber-attacks and develop business solutions for businesses and government organisations including consulting techniques and simulating commercial projects. This means you will be ready to work as a cyber security professional.

Curtin University & Institute of Data

Welcome to the Cyber Security Program, delivered by the Institute of Data (IOD) and endorsed by Curtin University.

Learn in-demand skills to protect and secure businesses and government with education from the best cyber industry trainers.

The Cyber Security Program is a structured training course designed to help you develop the practical skills you will need, allowing you to progress into roles such as a Cyber Security Analyst, Penetration Tester or SOC (Security Operations Consultant). After completing the program, you will receive a Cyber Security Certificate of Completion from Curtin University and the Institute of Data.

Hundreds of professionals choose the Institute of Data every year to prepare them for their future career after careful consideration of their desired career progression and to attain maximum return on investment for their education. Leading the future of the profession, the Institute of Data offers a collaborative and successful program, driven to ensure you have the best start to your career.


Cyber Security Program

The next program starts

5th August 2024 (Full-time)

6th August 2024 (Part-time)

With the practical training program you will...


Be ready to practice cyber security

The program is designed to prepare students for real commercial work in the area of cyber security. It is focused on practical in-class training, labs and real-life projects.


Receive the best training and the latest curriculum

The program trainers are actively working in the industry and will teach you how to practice cyber security in the real world. The curriculum is developed by the Institute of Data's Academic Committee with decades of experience working in cyber security.


Be more attractive to employers

The program results in a Curtin University and Institute of Data Cyber Security Certificate of Completion which signals to employers that you are ready to join the industry. Your resume and profile will be reviewed by your Job Outcomes team to give you the best possible chance of success.


Get more support and guidance

The member network offers support and guidance from mentors and direct connections to the industry. You will connect with employers at both exclusive and public events held for alumni.

Program structure

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Students complete curated pre-work as an interactive online learning experience designed to prepare every student with the required skills and knowledge to complete all coursework and training.


Remote or In Class Training

Students undertake a professional in-classroom course from a team of expert industry trainers from leading consultancies and enterprises to acquire the most sought-after practical training in the country.


Job outcomes

You will undergo a Job Outcomes Program through which will help position you for the best chance of a new job opportunity and/or internal promotion. Land a job in one of the most sought after fields in tech with the guidance of professional career coaches and access to our hiring network.

How will I be assessed?

The Cyber Security Program uses competency based assessment through the completion of labs and a final capstone project. There is no formal exam. The capstone project is a real-life project and is assessed against the competency based assessment standards set by the Academic Board.

Industry Partners & Contacts

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We'll help you transition into the cyber security industry. We have a 93% job outcome success rate within 180 days of graduation for active job seekers.

Syllabus Breakdown

Introduction to Cyber Security
  • Foundational Concepts and Language
  • Cyber Security Practice (ongoing)
Top Risks Businesses Face Today
  • In-depth Case Studies
  • Real-world Cyber Security Issues
  • Cyber Security Practice (ongoing)
Foundational Networking
  • Networks and Network Protocols
  • Authentication, Systems, Encryption
  • Cyber Security Practice (ongoing)
Consulting and Interpersonal Skills
  • Business Consulting
  • Critical Thinking, Documentation, Presentation Skills
  • Cyber Security Practice (ongoing)
The Attacker’s View
  • The Attacker’s Mindset
  • Technical Attacks
  • Software and Tools
  • Cyber Security Practice (ongoing)
The Defensive Mindset
  • Economics of Defence
  • Defensive Architecture
  • Assets and Perimeters
  • Logs and Monitoring
  • Threat Intelligence
  • Cyber Security Practice (ongoing)
Incident Response
  • Security vs ITIL
  • Incident Playbooks
  • Incident Management
  • Crisis Communication
  • Cyber Security Practice (ongoing)
Performing Risk Reviews
  • Threat Risk Assessment
  • Economic Measurement
  • Effectiveness of Controls
  • Cyber Security Practice (ongoing)
Security and Compliance Frameworks
  • Compliance Frameworks Introduction
  • Common Frameworks: Overview & Scope
  • Pitfalls and Common Mistakes
  • Balancing Security Outcomes and Compliance Requirements
  • Cyber Security Practice (ongoing)
  • Capstone Project (ongoing)
Higher Order Impacts of Realised Cyber Risk
  • Trust and Confidence
  • Administrative Functions
  • Supply Chain
  • Control Systems and Operational Technology: Introduction
  • Capstone Project (ongoing)
  • Cyber Security Practice (ongoing)
Ongoing Modules
  • Additional Topics: determined by students and Lead Trainer
  • Job Outcomes Program
  • Consultation and Presentation training
  • Cyber Security Practice
  • Capstone Project


Fees and Payment
Speak to a career consultant about fee and fee support details.
Program Entry Requirements
  • Completion of a bachelor degree in any field of studies
  • Completion of any previous qualification undertaken in English or obtained IELTS 5.5
  • Completion of assigned online pre-work provided to you when you enrol
Time Commitment: Part Time Program
24 weeks intensive remote or in-class training | 2 night classes per week + 1 fortnightly Saturday class
Time Commitment: Full Time Program
12 weeks intensive remote or in-class training | Monday-Friday
Curtin Perth Campus & Remote