Postgraduate Programs in Cyber Security, Strategy and Risk Management


*This program is not scheduled to run in the first half of 2019. Please contact the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science Student Services team for any related enquiries.*

Governments, corporations and businesses across the globe are facing unprecedented challenges in securing their cyber assets against criminal and commercial security threats. There is a current shortage of professionals with cyber security skills who can facilitate economic growth while protecting critical infrastructure and maintaining operational stability. Organisations in both the public and private sectors require personnel at all levels and in many areas who understand the technical, legal and business aspects of cybersecurity risk analysis, assessment and management, as well as how to safeguard information privacy.

Built on world-leading expertise across several disciplines, the ANU Cyber Security program incorporates current industry and research developments, equipping graduates with skills which can be applied across a range of settings, from health and social services to finance and defence.

The Master of Cyber Security, Strategy and Risk Management is a 1.5 year full-time (or equivalent part-time) degree which takes a multi-disciplinary approach to cyber security. Students undertaking the ANU’s innovative program should expect:

  • Exposure to best-practice in cyber security, strategy and risk management.
  • Cutting-edge courses in areas of relevance to cyber security, strategy and risk management.
  • An opportunity to deepen knowledge in an area of academic specialisation – either computer science or strategic policy.
  • Professional development for cyber security leaders and practitioners.
  • The opportunity to undertake research of professional relevance.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will have the skills and knowledge to:

  • Develop and apply effective cyber security strategies, as well as providing leadership direction for organisations preparing for operations in a contested environment.
  • Assess the role policy plays in engineering secure systems and in driving the composition of cyber security solutions.
  • Compare and contrast the legal and ethical aspects of cyber security at national and international levels.
  • Integrate acquired knowledge in cyber security to identify solutions for real-world problems.
  • Negotiate the legal, social, ethical, regulatory and technical issues related to securing information systems and critical infrastructures.
  • Monitor, direct and enhance the protection of cyber systems through industry-accepted standards, procedures and policies.
  • Assess the vulnerability of existing and proposed ICT systems.
  • Manage potential cyber security risks, focusing on decision-making, trade-offs, team building and leadership.
  • Demonstrate awareness of and responses to a diverse range of cyber threats.


The cyber security program is comprised of three different exit awards:

Students can apply directly to either the Graduate Diploma or Masters awards, and can also transfer between award programs. A student enrolled in the Graduate Diploma can subsequently transfer to the Masters award, with credit for courses already completed. Equally, a student enrolled in the Masters who decides not to complete the program can request to exit with a Graduate Diploma, which requires fewer courses. The Graduate Certificate is an exit-only qualification, meaning that it is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma who wish to exit the program early.

Updated:  10 February 2019/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing