IT Masters Introduction to CyberOps


Contemporary organisations are challenged with rapidly detecting cybersecurity breaches and effectively responding to security incidents. Teams of people in Security Operations Centers (SOC) are needed to continuously monitor security systems, protecting their organisations, by detecting and responding to cybersecurity threats in real-time. This Introduction to CyberOps short course, based on the Cisco CCNA CyberOPS certification, will introduce some of the foundation topics of CyberOps and provide some preparation in beginning a career working in a SOC.

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Course Schedule



Cybersecurity programs recognise that organisations must be vigilant, resilient, and ready to protect and defend every ingress and egress connection as well as organisational data wherever it is stored, transmitted, or processed. In this topic, we will discuss the fundamental concepts of cybersecurity and information security. We will also discover the difference between cybersecurity threats, vulnerabilities, and exploits, and explore the most common cybersecurity threats, as well as common software and hardware vulnerabilities.

Webinar: Thursday 25th January 2024 8PM AEST

Everyone uses cloud computing today. Many organisations have moved numerous applications to the cloud, and their employees use services offered by many cloud providers, such as Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and others. In this topic, we will discuss  the different cloud computing service models and the security responsibilities of the cloud provider and consumer of each model. We will also briefly discuss DevOps, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), and DevSecOps. Finally, we will cover the basics of the different cloud security threats.

Webinar: Thursday 1st February 2024 8PM AEST

In this topic we will discuss the foundational topics of information security access controls. Access controls is a broad term used to define the administrative, physical, and technical controls that regulate the interaction between a subject and an object. More simply, access controls help with defining and enforcing policy for who is authorised to access what and in which way.

Webinar: Thursday 8th February 2024 8PM AEST

The sophistication of cybersecurity attacks is increasing every day. In addition, there are numerous types of cybersecurity attacks and vulnerabilities.  In this topic we will discuss the most common. As a final challenge, at the end of this week, there will be a final exam which will test your understanding of all of the topics covered in this short course.

Webinar: Thursday 15th February 2024 8PM AEST


  • Exam pass mark: 50%
  • Time limit: 1 hour
  • Attempts allowed: One
  • Format: 40 Multiple choice questions

Course Information


Who will present the webinars?

Matt Constable will be your facilitator for this short course.

Matt is a lifelong learner with degree qualifications in Computing, Psychology and Exercise Science, and Masters’ qualifications in Computer Security and Exercise Physiology. He is also currently pursuing a PhD in Sports Biomechanics. A 30-year veteran of the IT industry, he has extensive experience across a variety of areas including network engineering, cyber security, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), contact centre and wireless technologies. He has been employed in various public and private sector enterprises as both a customer and an integrator/service provider. At various times, he has held professional level certifications with numerous vendors including Cisco, Juniper, Checkpoint, ISC2, Novell, Microsoft, SANS, F5 & Radware.

Matt has been an Adjunct Lecturer at Charles Sturt University since 2007, developing and 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. In addition, we cover some of the fundamental cybersecurity concepts required to attempt the Cisco CyberOps exam (CBROPS 200-201).

In 4 weeks we cannot possibly cover all of the content for this particular certification exam, but the knowledge contained within this course will allow you to build a solid foundation for taking the certification exam if you decide CyberOps is something that interests you.

In the IT Masters stable of post-graduate subjects this course shares knowledge with the following subjects: ITI581, ITE533, ITE512, ITE513, ITE535.


What is included?

In addition to the weekly hour-long interactive webinars, you will be provided with a range of written and video resources, questions from the discussion forums and weekly activities 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.


Are there any prerequisites for the course?

Not specifically, you can sit this short course all by itself. However, you will get more from it should you already have a basic understanding of digital networks and computer systems. If you don’t have a background in Cyber Security or basic IT knowledge, we recommend you complete our free short course Computer Network Fundamentals beforehand.


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.


Am I Eligible to Study
a Post Graduate Course?

Industry experience and previous studies all contribute towards your eligibility. You do not necessarily have to have an undergraduate degree to study.