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ACCS offers Australia’s ‘first’ degree in cyber war and peace

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The Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS) at the University of New South Wales Canberra campus has opened enrolments for what it says is the first degree program devoted to ‘cyber war and peace’.

The Master in Cyber Security, Strategy and Diplomacy degree program will start in February next year at UNSW Canberra which is located at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

The ACCS says the Master’s degree is offered through online study, so students from all over the world can enrol into the program whether they are in Darwin or Port Headland, Beijing, Boston or Brussels.  

According to the ACCS, there are few similar degrees anywhere in the English-speaking world. The course has been put together by UNSW Canberra scholars with world class reputation in their fields, including Professor Jill Slay, Professor Toni Erskine and Dr Greg Austin.

Professor Slay, Director of ACCS, called on Australian and international corporations to continue their support for such education initiatives.

“We are working with industry, government and research leaders worldwide to build a national hub, a centre of excellence, in cyber security education, research and professional development.

“We service the armed forces, security agencies and Australia’s leading private sector actors,” said Professor Slay, who this year was honoured by the Australian Information Security Association with its inaugural award for “Educator of the Year”.

The new program complements two existing UNSW Canberra Master’s degrees – Master in Cyber Security, focussing more on technical aspects of cyber security with subjects such as reverse engineering of malware, and Master in Cyber Security Operations incorporating subjects such as cybercrime and cyber terrorism.

Professor Slay said the programs are complemented by ‘red teaming’ exercises led by adjunct staff with significant security and intelligence backgrounds in Australia’s only university-based cyber weapons test range.

Other new Master’s program introduced from Semester 1 next year include Master of Strategic People Management.

Enrolments for Semester 1 closes on 20 January and to get more information on all UNSW Canberra Master program, click here.

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