Enrolments: 532,438

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 8,865

The total number of Master degree and Graduate Certificate enrolments since Charles Sturt University and IT Masters launched our first qualification in 2003.

Short Course Enrolments: 523,573

The total number of enrolments in our free short courses that we offer as a taster of what it is like to study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

Free Short Course: Applying Law to Emerging Cyber Dangers

Cyber danger is emerging as one of the biggest organisational threats today, especially with the major impact the proliferation of Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) and the Internet of Things (IoT) has on the workplace and educational institutions.

This short introductory course teaches students the basic principles of applying the law to emerging cyber dangers, how best to collect, preserve and present evidence to law enforcement agencies and/or lawyers for civil litigation, what international mechanisms are available to law enforcement agencies, and will also familiarise students with the legislation applicable to combat cyber dangers.

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■■■■ Intermediate
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Moderate-level short course where some prior knowledge or concepts may be assumed. Content may be aimed at late-undergraduate or early-Masters students
Duration5 Weeks
Enrolled4,326 students

Course Schedule

Module 1:

Emerging Cyber Dangers

Students will get an introduction to emerging cyber dangers, including:

  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy shift
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • State-supported hacking (including rogue states)
  • Running Scenario: each week, students will be able to apply the skills to a ‘live scenario’ cyber threat that will unfold during the short course and contribute in a weekly forum as to how they would handle such a threat.

Module 2:

Collecting Evidence

  • Collecting evidence for criminal and civil litigation
  • Maintaining electronic evidence integrity
  • Criminal or Civil Referral
  • Running scenario, part 2 (forum-based)

Module 3:

Mutual Assistance

The role of Commonwealth Attorney General’s Mutual Assistance Department, Mutual Assistance Legislation, and AFP International Police-to-Police protocols.

  • Overview of Central Authority (AG’s)
  • Mutual Assistance legislation
  • AFP International Liaison Network
  • AFP police-to-police protocols (intelligence)
  • The difference between evidence and intelligence in seeking information from overseas government agencies
  • Extradition Act
  • Running scenario, part 3 (forum-based)

Module 4:

Presenting the Electronic Evidence

  • Referring the matter to the AFP
  • Presenting evidence in accordance with Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecution Guidelines
  • Running scenario, part 4 (forum-based)


Exam Week

  • Final exam
  • Forums scenario wrap up and overall feedback as to scenario solution
  • Running scenario answer (forum-based)

Course Information Q&A

What is the aim of this short course?

The aim of the short course is to give you a ‘taster’ of what it is like to undertake postgraduate study via online learning with Charles Sturt University.

Who presents the webinars?

This short course was developed by Bradley Deacon.

Brad completed his Masters by Thesis: “Evolving Digital Technology Terrorist Financing & The Threat To U.S National Security” at the American Military University in West Virginia. He is a founding member of the AFP Computer Crime Unit in Sydney, and was part of the team that obtained Australia’s first hacking jail sentence. Brad’s policing career has been focused on terrorist financing that requires transnational investigations.

As well as lecturing for Charles Sturt University and IT Masters for the last two years, Brad has been coordinating, preparing and delivering a ten-day intensive international money laundering prosecution and counter terrorism seminars for visiting international senior prosecutors and government officials from Vietnam and China. He also provides families and school children free cyber safety advice and consults with small business on social media management, Open Source Intelligence and online reputation management, and has provided keynotes at bullying conferences.

Is there a final exam?

Yes — the short course exam will be a timed, open book exam that you will sit at your computer.

Do I get a completion certificate if I complete the course?

Yes — provided you receive a pass mark (50% or over) for course assessment, which comprises the exam and any available participation marks.

Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Yes — successful completion of three or more of our short courses will qualify you for one credit for an industry elective subject in our postgraduate courses. Click here for further details.

Will I need to purchase any study materials to complete the course?

No — all essential materials will be supplied.

Will the webinars be recorded?

Yes — all webinars are recorded and you will be able to access them, and all other free course materials, by registering for the course.