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Bachelor of Science (Cyber Security)


ECU has Australia’s largest cyber security research and education program and is one of the leading groups in the world.  Two of our academic staff are also members of Interpol’s Cyber Crime Experts Group.

The Bachelor of Science (Cyber Security) focuses on the practical and theoretical dimensions of cyber security across a range of fundamental areas, such as network security and vulnerability assessment, information security policy and governance, digital forensics, and ethical hacking.

Students will gain a solid grounding in conventional computer and network security concepts and skills. In addition, the course is designed to meet the changing landscape of secure computing, which involves not only computers, but also network enabled devices such as smartphones, tablet devices, and Internet of Things (IoT).

Key Information


3 years


  • February
  • July
  • November


ECU, Colombo Campus


Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply communication skills to demonstrate independence in design and analysis of cyber security solutions and presenting documented results.
  • Apply comprehensive knowledge of concepts, principles and techniques in the cyber security discipline to both theoretical as well as practical situations.
  • Apply creative thinking to identify and solve cyber security challenges.
  • Demonstrate creativity and initiative to generate ideas for planning and implementing independent projects in the cyber security discipline.
  • Exercise critical thinking and judgement to investigate and solve problems relating to cyber security issues in digital systems and networks.
  • Incorporate an awareness of cross-cultural issues and demonstrate cultural and indigenous competence in professional practice in the cyber security area.
  • Use digital technologies and cyber security software tools for assessing and evaluating cyber security information.
  • Work collaboratively in the application of knowledge and skills to identify issues and make decisions relevant to cyber security.

Employment opportunities

This course prepares students for careers in the field of cyber security, including areas such as network security, computer forensics, information warfare and wireless security.

Possible future job titles

  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Cyber Security Officer
  • Technical IT Security Officer
  • Network Security Engineer
  • Digital Forensic Practitioner (Acquisition and Analysis)
  • Information Security Auditor
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Security Consultant
  • Software Auditor
  • Systems Administrator (Security)
  • Information Security Officer
  • Penetration Tester

Course Structure / Units


Year 1 - Cyber Security

Core Units

  • SCI1125 Professional Science Essentials
  • CSP1150 Programming Principles
  • MAT1252 Mathematics for Computing
  • CSI1241 Systems Analysis
  • CSG1105 Applied Communications
  • CSI1101 Computer Security
  • ENS1161 Computer Fundamentals
  • CSG1207 Systems and Database Design
Year 2 - Cyber Security

Core Units

  • CSG3309 IT Security Management
  • CSI2450 IoT and OT Security
  • CSI2108 Cryptographic Concepts
  • CSP2101 Scripting Languages
  • CSG2344 Project Methods and Professionalism
  • CSG2305 Computer Forensics
  • CSI2107 Software Reverse Engineering
  • CSI3207 Network Security Fundamentals
Year 3 - Cyber Security

Core Units

  • CSI3350 Enterprise Security and Governance
  • CSI3351 Cyber Security Incident Detection and Response
  • CSI3208 Ethical Hacking and Defence
  • MAT3170 Data Analysis and Visualisation
  • CSG3101 Applied Project
  • Elective 1
  • Elective 2

^ Please note units may be subject to change.
Note: CSG3101 Applied Project is a 30-credit point unit

Entry Requirements


CRICOS Code: 077146A

Course Code: Y89

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