USC to offer new cybersecurity programs to combat skills shortage

Published: Comments:
Business Business & Economy Community Law & Safety Technology & Communications University & TAFE

Professor David Lacey

To tackle a global shortage of cyber security professionals, the University of the Sunshine Coast is launching a suite of study programs to fast-track graduates into the industry.

From Semester 1, 2019, USC will offer four online courses: Graduate Certificates in Cyber Security, Cyber Investigations and Cyber Forensics and a Master of Cyber Investigations.

They will be delivered from the university’s new Institute for Cyber Investigations and Forensics.

The courses were designed and developed by a team of world-leading experts led by Professor of Cybersecurity David Lacey, who says USC is one of the first in the Asia-Pacific to offer such programs.

“We have created the content to be 100 percent online so people can enrol from around the world,” said Professor Lacey, who is the founder of identity and cyber support centre IDCARE.

“Globally, there is a gap between qualified candidates and the supply of jobs so there’s a high likelihood that cybersecurity graduates are going to be very employable from just about anywhere.”

Recent estimates have suggested that more than 1 million positions in cybersecurity are unfilled, with that figure expected to balloon to 6 million by 2020.

“It’s a rapidly growing and evolving industry and we have to continually adapt to keep up,” Professor Lacey said.

“The world keeps a lot of valuable data online – particularly banking and finance - and the online space is very attractive to criminals wanting to remain anonymous, and who are always trying new tactics.

“Part of the challenge for the tertiary sector is to maintain the currency of our knowledge so we have been very purposeful in selecting course coordinators who are already leaders and who have real-time case studies to work from.”
The industry links also create a pipeline between employers – from industry and government - eager to quickly fill skill shortages, and graduates ready to work
“Employers want graduates now, so we plan to fast-track recruitment and begin the lengthy process to gain security clearances for students while they are still studying so they can be work-ready much faster,” Professor Lacey said.

Qualifications in cyber security can lead to roles for security analysts, engineers, architects, administrators, software developers, cryptographers and more.

Graduates will find themselves preventing and investigating cybercrimes that do not stop at computer data – working with anything connected online, from fridges to baby monitors.

USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said the cybersecurity courses were well-timed for a region that had recently announced a Trans-Pacific internet data cable to its shores.

“The Sunshine Coast has a very vibrant cyber community with many tech innovations coming out of the Innovation Centre here at USC,” Professor Hill said.

“The cable, combined with our efforts here and in the growing local tech industry, will help place the region as an emerging cyber innovation hub for Australia but also around the world.”

The Master of Cyber Investigation program offers the opportunity for students to visit USC’s newly-established cyber forensics lab at the Sunshine Coast campus.

Information on the programs is available at

University Of The Sunshine Coast : View Full Profile
90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs
07 5430 1234
University Of The Sunshine Coast
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
More seaweed on menu as snacks drive consumption 21 January 2019 | Australians are eating more seaweed, and a study from the University of the Sunshine Coast has found that crackers and sushi are slowly turning the tide. More information...
USC in top table for employer satisfaction 11 January 2019 | The University of Sunshine Coast has placed equal fifth for “overall satisfaction” in a national employer satisfaction survey of 41 universities nationwide.  More information...
Free USC course helps build skills and aspirations 10 January 2019 | A free USC course will offer Sunshine Coast adults the chance to start 2019 by upgrading their academic skills, exploring pathways to higher education and mapping out new career plans. More information...
USC medallist shines light for kids’ future 09 January 2019 | USC graduate Sam Willcocks, aka Samantha Starshine, has a message to share in her first children’s book Annie Ant’s Awareness that she hopes will give children a brighter future and a better world. More information...
Research into how worker morale, engagement and feeling safe are linked 08 January 2019 | A USC Business academic is about to begin research with a local civil engineering firm to investigate links between worker morale, employee engagement and feeling safe at work. More information...
Perfect conditions for bluebottle influx 08 January 2019 | A “perfect storm” of conditions has caused a bumper bluebottle season at Queensland’s swimming beaches, a University of the Sunshine Coast graduate research ecologist says. More information...
Elite USC coach gives powerlift to intern training 17 December 2018 | The lead strength and conditioning coach for Sunshine Coast Lightning has embarked on a project to ensure the nation’s next generation of strength and conditioning coaches have the right training to be at the... More information...
USC has continued to forge ahead in 2018 21 December 2018 | The University of the Sunshine Coast has continued to forge ahead in 2018, celebrating a string of achievements and standing out as one of Australia’s fastest-growing universities. More information...
Free USC course helps build skills and aspirations 20 December 2018 | A free USC course will offer Sunshine Coast adults the chance to start the New Year by upgrading their academic skills, exploring pathways to higher education and mapping out new career plans. More information...
USC student keen to inspire others with Indo-Pacific experience 19 December 2018 | A Business Honours student who recently studied and worked in Indonesia thanks to an Australian Government grants scheme has been appointed USC’s ambassador for the New Colombo Plan. More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service