University of Adelaide offers new cyber security course – designed for industry

The University of Adelaide will offer a number of new defence-focussed courses, to meet the demand of this growing industry in its home state.

The Master of Cyber Security, a two-year program, will enable students to develop and implement innovative cyber security programs, and is the latest degree in this suite to be offered at the University of Adelaide.

The qualification is designed to prepare students not only to work for government, but also private companies such as manufacturers which required advanced protection for digital systems.

With greater investment in the defence and cyber security sectors, it will be essential that Australia has a crop of graduates ready to go into the roles that open up.

“South Australia is seeing rapid growth across the defence, space and cyber sectors, and it’s critical we have university graduates who are ready to take on the jobs being created,” said Premier Steven Marshall, in launching the degree.

“The new Master of Cyber Security will ensure we stop the brain drain we’ve seen in recent years, keep our young people here, to grow these industries and strengthen our economy,” said Marshall.

This degree will teach students skills that are applicable across a range of sectors, a key point that University of Adelaide vice-chancellor professor Peter Rathjen.

“Our people are leading advances in digital technologies, and the advances made won’t just be applied to the defence industry. Those technologies will also help us secure our financial systems, our transport networks, our power grids, and our social communications,” said Rathjen.

The degree will build upon the university’s already recognised capabilities in this sector to deliver the program.

“The University of Adelaide is ranked in the Top 50 globally for Computer Science and Engineering, just behind Imperial College London and ahead of the Australian National University. This new degree makes our leading research expertise available to help launch South Australians into the digital jobs of the future,” said professor Anton Middelberg, executive dean, Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.