The future of cyber security

Cyberwarfare. Dark web. Digital forensics. Terrorism. Virtual threats might seem a world away, but cyber security affects us all. Fraud, hacking, theft and increasingly sophisticated exploits by cybercriminals mean the cost and incidence of cybercrime is rising globally. So what is the future of cyber security?

Our lives are progressively being managed in the online space. Technology affects all aspects of modern life. Most of our critical systems are interconnected and driven by computers. In the future, we can expect more decisions to be automated. Connection to computer systems will be even tighter.

This calls for more professionals equipped with the specialist skills and knowledge to meet industry demand.

What will the future of cyber security look like in 10 years?

The cyber security future is tightly connected to the future of information technology (IT). As reported by Forbes, the following trends are expected to increase over the next decade.

  • Organisations sponsored by nations will continue developing cyberattack technologies for defence and offence purposes.
  • Criminal groups will continue to seek ways to use cyberattacks for financial gain.
  • Hacktivists will continue using cyberspace to send their messages.
  • Terrorist groups will move their activities to cyberspace.
  • People with the necessary technical skills but no obvious motive will continue contributing to the attacker ecosystem as a way of showcasing their abilities.

Join a booming industry

While cyber security skills are highly sought after, people with these skills are in short supply. A recent report from Cisco states that there are currently more than a million cyber security job openings globally. The demand is expected to rise to six million by 2019, with an estimated shortfall of 1.5 million.

Australian Cyber Security industry could triple in size by 2026

The technology and tactics used by criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated, outstripping the capabilities of existing professionals in IT and security.

A report from the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network projects that over the next decade the size of the cyber security industry in Australia may be tripled, with revenues rising from just over $2 billion today to possibly $6 billion by 2026.

Do you have an IT or law enforcement background?

Industry needs you! Charles Sturt University’s Master of Cyber Security and Master of Cyber Studies and Investigations will help get you skilled and ready to join this rapidly booming industry. And completion of either master’s degree will give you up to half of your second master’s degree in credit.

Which degree is right for me?

Master of Cyber Security

If you’ve got a background in IT or computing and want to branch out into the cyber security field, Charles Sturt’s Master of Cyber Security is the perfect fit for you. You’ll learn specialist skills and knowledge that will prepare you to move into specialised cyber security roles.

The course has a strong technical focus and you’ll cover contemporary topics such as:

  • digital forensics
  • the dark web
  • cyberwarfare
  • terrorism.

You’ll be taught by leading industry experts who will equip you with the capabilities to address the issues and needs of the rapidly growing cyber security sector.

Master of Cyber Studies and Investigations

Our Master of Cyber Studies and Investigations is ideal if you’ve got a law enforcement background but limited advanced IT skills, or if you have an IT background but limited forensic investigations skills. This high-impact innovative course offers you specialised theoretical knowledge and practical foundations in cyber investigations.

You’ll learn how to use technology as an investigative tool and be able to move into specialised law enforcement or strategic corporate protection roles.

More than 80 per cent of Charles Sturt IT students have nominated the dark web unit as their first subject.

Futureproof your career with Charles Sturt

Charles Sturt is the leading provider of postgraduate IT and computer science education in the country. In fact, more IT students choose to study with us than any other uni in Australia. What’s more, our Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) is a leading provider of postgraduate research and education for professionals in law enforcement, emergency management and security.

Our staff are leaders in their fields and have significant experience and academic expertise, including renowned terrorism expert Levi West, major investigations leader Graham Sunderland and cyberwarfare authority Richard Steinnon.

Join the fight against cyberwarfare

Help combat the threat of cyberwarfare and respond to cyber security risks and attacks. You can take your career into the future with Charles Sturt’s cyber security degrees.