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Master of Information Systems Security

Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Security
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CSU's Master of Information Systems Security prepares students for the challenging task of identifying and producing solutions to threats that endanger information system resources. Preparation for the world’s leading IT security industry certifications is included as an integral part of the course.

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  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Master of Information Systems Security focuses on the design, implementation and management of secure computer networks and infrastructure. You will commence by studying security policies and network security issues, before selecting further topics from areas such as digital forensics, cryptography, hacking countermeasures, the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge, and more. All students will conclude their studies with a capstone project.

    The Master of Information Systems Security is available to those with professional IT experience or with a Bachelor degree in any discipline. All subjects may be done online without the need to attend on campus lectures or residential schools. CSU's subjects are supported by a host of educational technologies that may include video lectures, laboratory simulations and chat rooms.

    The course incorporates preparation for the following industry certifications:

    • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) from ISC2
    • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) from the EC Council
    • Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) from GIAC

    We encourage students from different educational and work experience backgrounds to apply. CSU offers an entry pathway via the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Security for students without an undergraduate degree but with previous IT experience. In keeping with the strong practical focus of the course, CSU offers credit for a wide range of industry certifications from vendors such as ISC2, the EC Council and GIAC.

    What will I learn?

    You will complete eight core subjects that cover topics such as the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge, digital forensics, cryptography, and network security. You will also choose from a number of industry elective subjects that are typically based around an industry or vendor certification. Choose from subjects in forensic investigation, hacking countermeasures, incident response, virtualisation and more.

    Flexible study options

    As an online student you can complete the course in two years. You can fast-track completion by studying additional subjects in some sessions, which will allow you to finish earlier. You can also choose to study fewer subjects or even take temporary leave to fit in with your busy work and personal schedule.

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates of this course will have career opportunities in areas such as:

    • Digital Forensics
    • Network Administration
    • Security Analyst
    • Security Engineering
  • Credit and pathways

    Applicants may receive up to 6 subjects credit for prior study if they can demonstrate that such study was completed at a recognised higher education institution within the last 10 years at postgraduate level. Industry certifications in the relevant areas will also be considered for credit. 

    Complete the IT Masters Eligibility Form to receive feedback on the level of credit you may be eligible to receive.

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Security

    The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Security consists of two (2) core subjects and two (2) restricted electives.

    Core subjects

    ITC595 Information Security
    ITI581 Security Fundamentals

    Restricted Electives

    Group A: Elective Academic subjects - choose one (1) subject from:

    ITC506 Topics in Information Technology Ethics
    ITC514 Linux Server Administration
    ITC561 Cloud Computing
    ITC568 Cloud Privacy and Security
    ITC593 Network Security
    ITC596 IT Risk Management
    ITC597 Digital Forensics

    Group B: Elective Industry subjects - choose one (1) subject from:

    ITE512 Incident Response
    ITE513 Forensic Investigation
    ITE514 Professional Systems Security
    ITE516 Hacking Countermeasures
    ITE523 Virtualization
    ITE527 Server Administration
    ITE533 Cyber Security Management
    MGI511 Project Management Fundamentals
    MGI521 Professional Communications



    Master of Information Systems Security

    The Master of Information Systems Security consists of eight (8) core subjects and four (4) restricted electives.

    Core subjects

    ITC506 Topics in Information Technology Ethics
    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**
    ITC593 Network Security
    ITC595 Information Security
    ITC597 Digital Forensics
    ITE514 Professional Systems Security
    ITI581 Security Fundamentals
    MGI521 Professional Communications

    ** Capstone subject

    Restricted Electives

    Group A: Elective Academic subjects – choose one (1) subject from:

    ITC514 Linux Server Administration
    ITC561 Cloud Computing
    ITC568 Cloud Privacy and Security
    ITC596 IT Risk Management


    Group B: Elective Industry subjects - choose three (3) subjects from:

    ITE512 Incident Response
    ITE513 Forensic Investigation
    ITE516 Hacking Countermeasures
    ITE523 Virtualization
    ITE527 Server Administration
    ITE533 Cyber Security Management
    MGI511 Project Management Fundamentals

    Enrolment pattern

    Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Security


    Calendar Session 1 intake

    Session 1
    ITC595 Information Security
    ITI581 Security Fundamentals

    Session 2
    Restricted Elective (Group A)
    Restricted Elective (Group B)


    Calendar Session 2 intake

    Session 1
    ITC595 Information Security
    Restricted Elective (Group A) OR Restricted Elective (Group B)

    Session 2
    ITI581 Security Fundamentals
    Restricted Elective (Group A) OR Restricted Elective (Group B)


    Calendar Session 3 intake

    Session 1
    ITI581 Security Fundamentals
    Restricted Elective (Group A) OR Restricted Elective (Group B)

    Session 2
    ITC595 Information Security
    Restricted Elective (Group A) OR Restricted Elective (Group B)



    Master of Information Systems Security


    Calendar Session 1 intake

    Session 1
    ITC595 Information Security
    ITI581 Security Fundamentals

    Session 2
    Restricted Elective (Group A)
    MGI521 Professional Communications

    Session 3
    ITC593 Network Security
    Restricted Elective (Group B)

    Session 4
    ITC597 Digital Forensics
    Restricted Elective (Group B)

    Session 5
    ITE514 Professional Systems Security
    ITC506 Topics in Information Technology Ethics

    Session 6
    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation
    Restricted Elective (Group B)



    Calendar Session 2 intake

    Session 1
    ITC595 Information Security
    MGI521 Professional Communications

    Session 2
    Restricted Elective (Group A)
    ITI581 Security Fundamentals

    Session 3
    ITC597 Digital Forensics
    Restricted Elective (Group B)

    Session 4
    ITE514 Professional Systems Security
    Restricted Elective (Group B)

    Session 5
    ITC593 Network Security
    ITC506 Topics in Information Technology Ethics

    Session 6
    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation
    Restricted Elective (Group B)
     

    Calendar Session 3 intake

    Session 1
    ITI581  Security Fundamentals
    Restricted Elective (Group A)

    Session 2
    ITC595  Information Security
    MGI521  Professional Communications

    Session 3
    ITC506  Topics in Information Technology Ethics
    ITE514  Professional Systems Security

    Session 4
    ITC593  Network Security
    Restricted Elective (Group B)

    Session 5
    ITC597  Digital Forensics
    Restricted Elective (Group B)

    Session 6
    ITC571  Emerging Technologies and Innovation
    Restricted Elective (Group B)
     

  • Admission information

    For entry to the Master of Information Systems Security applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution (or equivalent) and appropriate work experience. Applicants without a tertiary qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Security on the basis of professional attainment and/or work experience. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students will then be eligible for admission to the Master of Information Systems Security and receive credit for applicable subjects.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.


    Free textbook - online students receive one free textbook per subject.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.


    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYYOBTY
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYYJBTY

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 96 points.

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  • About the School
    School of Computing and Mathematics

    The School of Computing and Mathematics is a cross-campus School, based at the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst and Wagga Wagga campuses, and offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees online. The School has strong external research and consultancy links, creating a range of opportunities for students to mix their study with interesting research projects. The School of Computing and Mathematics has an excellent national reputation, with a research profile that is ranked at world level according to the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation. In addition, the School was recently ranked by University Reviews as offering one of the top two computer science courses in Australia for 2016. The focus of teaching and research is on practical applications of information and communication technology, mathematics and statistics to applied problems in industry, the environment and business.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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