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This program is part of the Cyber Security degree offered by Deakin University
Welcome to the program

The key focus of SIT763 is on introducing students to IT security policy development and human security management. Students will learn how security assessment is methodologically and procedurally conducted within business operational constraints. The unit enables students to develop contingency planning, risk assessment, risk management and compliance standards for various businesses. Students will also explore legal and ethical issues in the context of security management and audit.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsWelcome to this Deakin University unit, one of the first we're presenting on FutureLearn, a global platform. I'm Professor Beverley Oliver, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Education, and I want to take a moment to explain some of the unique learning experiences we're offering through this FutureLearn platform. Your learning will be broken into two-week courses. This allows us to present a clear story in simple steps that are easy for you to follow. It means that you can go at your own pace, and study when and how it suits you. And you can track your progress by marking each step as complete. You'll also notice that we ask you to collaborate with other students.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 secondsResearch over many years shows us we learn more effectively when we learn with others, rather than in isolation. So your course has been designed to provoke conversations with your fellow learners. These days, in various parts of the world, we hear talk of walls going up and borders closing. We think now more than ever, higher education needs to be open for richer conversations for people around the globe. So in the first two weeks of your unit, you'll be studying with thousands of open learners who've signed up to get a taste of what we offer and how we learn. We've designed it this way to make your learning a really enriching experience.

Skip to 1 minute and 39 secondsFor all the remaining weeks in your unit, your fellow learners will be only Deakin-enrolled students. Regardless, you will receive feedback and advice throughout your unit from our Deakin staff. Finally, and most importantly, you will complete assignments that challenge you, test your understanding, and build evidence of your graduate learning outcomes for your professional future. We're very pleased to be offering this to you as a world first with FutureLearn, and we're very glad you're joining us. We're looking forward to hearing from you about how you find it.


Delivered by expert academics

Deakin University is Australia’s eighth largest university with more than 53,000 students from more than 100 countries studying online and on-campus. With world-class teaching and research, Deakin produces sought-after graduates poised to make a real difference in the world.

Who will you learn with?

Matthew Warren

Matthew Warren is a Professor of Cyber Security at Deakin University, Australia. Professor Warren gained his PhD in Information Security Risk Analysis from the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom.

Learning outcomes

  • ULO1 - Work as a team and apply organisational planning and project management principles to IT security planning.
  • ULO2 - Assess security risks, threats and vulnerabilities to the organisation and implement appropriate information security protection mechanisms by analysing requirements, plans and IT security policies.
  • ULO3 - Identify personnel security, training and security education needs, and associated legal and ethical awareness, and propose strategies for corporations taking into account cost benefit ratios

Benefits of studying with Deakin University


Whether you're studying forensic science, teaching dance or you're a member of the public with an interest in mechatronics engineering, we've got what you need.

Study support

Whether you want to improve your general study skills or you need help on a tricky assignment, there's plenty of support available. As a Deakin student, every aspect of your study will be supported by online resources, student mentors and, of course, our staff.

Health and wellbeing

At Deakin, you get support every step of the way. For health or mental wellbeing services, healthcare professionals are on hand. We take care of your needs so you can enjoy life at Deakin.


Maybe you're going after your dream job, or perhaps you're still exploring your career options. Deakin offers the exclusive Job Search Essentials platform, which holds career resources to help plan your future.

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