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Cyber Security Essentials

Starts Sep 5, 2023
5 credits

$680 Enrol

Full course description

How can we improve our knowledge and skills to reduce the risk of cyber attacks in our organisations?

Did you know there is a hacking attack on IT systems on average every 39 seconds? Or that since the emergence of COVID-19, the US FBI has reported a 300 per cent increase in cybercrime incidents?

With increased global connectivity and many more businesses using cloud technologies, cyber security has become paramount. Cyber threats are now more sophisticated and can target organisations of any size.

If you want to arm yourself with the knowledge and skills to protect your organisation from potential attacks, this credential will provide the first steps. You will get an introduction to different aspects of cyber security and discover ways to keep information and intellectual property safe.

Who is this credential for?


This credential is particularly suitable for:

  • Professionals transitioning new working arrangements and roles into cybersecurity
  • Professionals who aim to reskill more about cybersecurity operations
  • Businesses are looking to understand more about fundamental aspects of Cybersecurity operations


What you will learn


By completing this credential you will learn to:

  • examine common cyber attacks and their impacts on organisations and individuals
  • investigate the cyber security framework and its application in data security management
  • explore methods of protecting data by looking at confidentiality, integrity and availability
  • learn the importance of investing in cyber security mitigation plans


Key Topics

Your learning journey includes access to four online modules.

Module 1 – Introduction to Cybersecurity

We introduce you to the key themes relating to protecting the computers, communications networks, programs and data that make our digital lives possible – collectively referred to as cybersecurity.

Module 2 – Cybersecurity and CIA

What are the main objectives in any effort to improve a computer system’s security? We need to have a clear understanding of the definition of security before we can learn the techniques to achieve security.

Module 3 – Risk and Mitigation

In this module we will learn about the definition of risk and how it should be assessed and mitigated.

Module 4 – Cybersecurity Investment

Using cost-benefit-analysis we explore how an organisation should decide which controls they must implement, which controls can be put on hold and which controls are not worth implementing.



To successfully complete this credential, you are required to pass a final assessment. In this final assessment, you will choose a real-life organisation with IT infrastructure critical to their business and evaluate threats and vulnerabilities.


Meet your facilitators


Dr Nazanin Mohammadi
Dr Nazanin Mohammadi


Nazanin Mohammadi is a computer network and IT specialist in educational environments. She has been developing and delivering materials for computer systems and networking laboratories in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Curtin for the past 10 years. In 2015, Nazanin received the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Award in Innovation for design and implementation of the remote collaborative engineering laboratory environment. She is also amongst a few certified Cisco Networking Academy Instructor trainers in Australia. Nazanin is actively engaged in developing new pedagogies in teaching science and engineering courses as part of her PhD research.

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Earn a badge


Once you successfully complete and pass the final assessment, you'll earn a digital badge that is instantly shareable to your social networks (including LinkedIn) which showcases your new skills and knowledge mastery.

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This credential provides foundation knowledge in a discipline and doesn't require previous knowledge.

You will also earn 5 credit points which are in line with Australian Qualification Framework Level 8 criteria, ensuring comprehensive theoretical and/or technical knowledge of the credential. 100 credit points are required to earn a Graduate Certificate at Curtin.


Discover more


Curtin Credentials focus on five themes, which have been carefully curated based on what's most relevant and valuable to professionals today, and in the future. This credential fits within the following theme:

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Digital Mindset

Embrace advances in digital technology, explore how it impacts our lives and learn how digital practices can optimise your business.

Contact us


For more information on this, or any other questions about Curtin Credentials, email us at or call Curtin Connect at 1300 222 888.


*Curtin may cancel or reschedule a credential at any time and for any reason as it sees fit. The Start Date and the other details of this credentials are provided as a general guide only and may change from time to time.

✝This credential involves 30 hours of online resources, readings, activities and assessments at your own pace. However to pass and gain 5 credit points, you may need to commit further time.

^ Learning is done completely online.

§Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

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Start: 5 September 2023*

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Duration: 30 hours

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Delivery Mode: Online^

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Price: $680 (incl. GST)§

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