Enrolments: 561,736

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: 552,871

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: Cyber Defence Strategies

Cyber-attacks and data breaches are more prevalent than ever before. Even over the last year, several high-profile data breaches have occurred.  With ever-evolving threat actors and tightening regulations, a good cyber defence strategy is crucial to helping prevent and minimising the risk and impact of a cyber-attack.

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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
Duration4 Weeks
Enrolled4,715 students

Course Schedule

Module 1: Introduction and Identifying Cyber Risk

  • A look at the current threat landscape.
  • Taking a risk-based approach to cyber defence.
  • Building a cyber defence strategy.

Module 2: Administrative and Technical Controls

  • Policies, procedures, guidelines, and baselines.
  • Meeting regulatory and legislative requirements.
  • ISO, NIST, Essential Eight, and others.

Module 3: Administrative and Technical Controls (cont.)

  • Access control
  • Network security
  • System hardening
  • Endpoint protection
  • Data protection

Module 4: Implementation, Budgets, Funding, and ROI

  • Building a business case. 
  • Implementation and change management.
  • Measuring and monitoring. 

This webinar will be co-hosted by Tim Dillon, Regional Director Professional Services (APAC). 

Tim has been working in cyber security for over 20 years, with roles in incident response, penetration testing, and red teaming. Tim has presented at numerous conferences around topics areas like Threat Intelligence, DDoS, Red Teaming, Cloud Security, Security Awareness, Social Engineering, and Transport Security.

Tim has led Red Team engagements since 2013, including those on critical infrastructure projects. Tim has published articles and war stories around such engagements, including a report on critical infrastructure chaired in parliament.

More recently, Tim was recognised for supporting the creation of the Australian CORIE framework and continues to advocate threat intelligence-led assurance testing.


  • Exam pass mark: 50%
  • Time limit: 1 hour
  • Attempts allowed: One

Course Information Q&A

Who will present the webinars?

Dr. Georg Thomas, CCISO, CDPSE, CISSP, CISM, GRCA, GRCP ISO27001 Lead Auditor and Implementer, MACS Snr. CP (Cyber Security) is an information security and cyber risk expert with over 20 years of industry experience. He is currently a Head of Data and Cyber Governance at Vicinity specialising in risk management, data protection and privacy and has held several senior roles in Australia and the United States.

Georg holds a Doctor of Information Technology, Master of Management (Information Technology) and Bachelor of Information Technology (System Administration) from Charles Sturt University and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (Teaching & Learning) from Deakin. He is a member of the Ethics Committee on the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Profession Advisory Board and is a three-time Microsoft MVP award recipient.

Georg is an Adjunct Lecturer at Charles Sturt University since 2019, teaching subjects in the IT Masters programs.

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. The short course is based on some of the content of ITE534 but also includes elements of other subjects.

What is included?

In addition to the weekly hour-long interactive webinars, you will be provided with suggested reading materials, audio lectures, an active discussion forum, and a weekly activity to complete.

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 the exam.

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.