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Cyber Futures

Gain expert insights into the cyber security industry as you learn what it means to become a cyber security professional.

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Cyber Futures

  • 2 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Develop a solid understanding of cyber security concepts

As our world becomes more automated and technological-dependent, cyber security is now critical in order to protect an organisation’s digital assets.

On this two-week course, you’ll develop a solid understanding of cyber security and gain expert insights into working in the cyber security industry.

You’ll start by learning the concepts and terminology associated with cyber security before delving into the threats and attacks that you’re likely to encounter.

Delve into the cyber security industry

You’ll cover the basics of cyber security awareness as you start to explore what it takes to become a cyber security professional.

Unpacking case studies, you’ll take a real-world approach to learning about the cyber security industry, improving your understanding of the sector’s future state in a highly digital world.

Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be able to identify opportunities in the industry.

Gain an understanding of cyber threats and attacks

Next, you’ll explore some of the different cyber threats and attacks you could encounter.

You’ll gain strategies and insights to allow you to identify potential cyber threats, which will become essential skills for the workplace.

With these skills, you’ll develop the cyber security mindset needed to thrive in the industry.

Learn from the experts at Federation University

Throughout the course, you’ll learn from the specialists at Federation University.

With their expertise, you’ll finish with a firm understanding of cyber security principles as well as the industry to help you start or advance your career with confidence.


  • Week 1

    Cybersecurity 101

    • Course overview

      Welcome to the Cyber Futures course by Federation University Australia. This course covers some cybersecurity basics and provides industry insight for anyone considering a future in the cyber sector.

    • Introduction to the Cybersecurity Industry

      This section will introduce you to different aspects of the cybersecurity industry.

    • Working in the Cybersecurity Industry

      Are you interested in cybersecurity as a career? The next articles will help you to better understand the cybersecurity sector and your potential options as a cybersecurity professional.

    • Cybersecurity Awareness

      There are many issues and concerns within the cybersecurity industry that you must understand. Read through the following articles to learn more about what you might encounter as a cybersecurity professional.

    • Cyber Safety Concerns

      When working in cybersecurity one of the biggest concerns is safety. Both individual safety as well as organisational safety. This section will provide details about types of safety concerns you should be aware of in your work.

    • Cybersecurity into the future

      The future of cybersecurity is exciting but also unknown. In order to prepare for what the future may hold, it's a good idea to know about some of the key concepts such as automation and artificial intelligence, to name a few.

    • Technology and security

      The important of security is always prevalent, especially so when it comes to technology. Find out ways to better protect yourself and your workplace when using technology.

  • Week 2

    Cybersecurity Mindset

    • Developing a Cybersecurity Mindset

      Developing the right mindset is important throughout your cybersecurity career. The following articles will help you to be mindful of issues and concerns that may arise in your day to day roles.

    • Cybersecurity Ethics

      Maintaining your ethics is a must for every individual. Following are some advice articles about how to stay true to yourself throughout your career.

    • Your Cybersecurity Career

      What does your career in cybersecurity look like? Gain some more details about career development in this chapter.

    • Final Chapter

      You have reached the final stage of the Cyber Futures course, what an achievement! We hope you have taken away a lot of useful information for your future cybersecurity career.

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the key cybersecurity concepts and skills for operating as a cybersecurity professional.
  • Design a personalised pathway into a cybersecurity professional role.
  • Explore the cyber security industry and gain insight into the range of professional opportunities in this growing field.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in looking to understand high-level cyber security principles and the potential opportunities within the industry.

Who developed the course?

Federation University

Federation University Australia is a premium dual-sector university that has been educating the leaders, innovators and thinkers of regional Australia for over 150 years.

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    Ballarat, Berwick, Brisbane, Gippsland, Wimmera

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