The University of Queensland closes cyber security skills gap

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University of Queensland, Education

23rd September 2019, Bangalore: A new postgraduate course at The University of Queensland (UQ) is the first in Australia to offer an integrated learning experience that addresses the specialist skills and real-world experience required of graduates.

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With over one million job openings globally, cyber security professionals are in significant demand. As the evolution of the threat landscape accelerates with rapid information technology change, universities and training institutions have been tasked with considering how to close the widening skills gap and ensure that their graduates are well-armed to keep pace.

The new Master of Cyber Security program at University of Queensland (UQ) will do just that, meeting the need for deep technical specialisation in core areas such as cyber defence and cyber criminology.

UQ’s Chair and Director of Cyber Security Professor Ryan Ko said students would learn from some of the best minds in software engineering, computer science, artificial intelligence, business, criminology, and law and ethics.



Students will also benefit from close industry ties, and a breadth and depth of learning that we feel no other cyber security university course in Australia offers,” Professor Ko said.

Students will spend a large portion of their studies on the job, embedded in industry and gaining experience in tackling real and emerging cyber security threats.

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Cyber security jobs are fast becoming the highest-paying jobs in the IT sector, and having real-life experience working in this area before graduating will make our students attractive to a huge range of international organisations.”

UQ is the first university in Australia to adopt the internationally recognised Cyber Security Education framework (NIST’s NICE framework), the global gold standard for cyber security education and job alignment. The UQ program brings together students from diverse backgrounds, including from IT, computing, business, mathematics, social science and law to offer specialisations in cyber defence, cyber criminology, cryptography and cyber security leadership.

Developed in consultation with leading industry professionals, the program was recently endorsed by cyber security education pioneer Professor Corey Schou.

This program will really move the cyber security profession forward. Viewing cyber security in this interdisciplinary way is relevant, hitting areas of high demand and it helps to develop a worldwide community of highly trained and trusted professionals who can rapidly respond to new threats and problems.”

For more information about the Master of Cyber Security, visit the UQ Future Students website.

About The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading teaching and research universities. For more than a century, UQ has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

UQ ranks among the world’s top universities, and with a strong focus on teaching excellence, UQ has won more national teaching awards than any other Australian university.

UQ’s 264,000 graduates are an engaged network of global alumni spanning more than 170 countries, and include approximately 14,000 PhDs. More than 53,600 current students, including more than 18,600 postgraduate students and approximately 18,000 international students from 135 countries, currently study across UQ’s three campuses in South East Queensland.

UQ’s six faculties, eight globally recognised research institutes and more than 100 research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of 1500 scientists, social scientists and engineers who champion research excellence and continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership. This is reflected in UQ being awarded more Australian Research Council funding ($25.8 million) for fellowships and awards commencing in 2017 than any other Australian university.

UQ is also one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21; a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities; a member of Universities Australia; and one of only three Australian charter members of the global edX consortium for massive open online courses (MOOCs).

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