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

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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.



This subject provides students with knowledge of cyber security principles along with industry-based vendor-neutral IT security knowledge and skills. In particular, the subject helps students prepare for the Security+ industry qualification which has been developed by the International Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).  Students will also be introduced to a broad range of cyber security related topics such as infrastructure security, communications network security, cryptography, access control, authentication, external threats, and operational and organisational security. At the completion of this subject, students will be able to apply these concepts to protect computing infrastructure from cyber security threats and attacks.

ITI581 Cyber Security Fundamentals will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to network and cyber security
  • Network design elements and components
  • Compliance and operational security
  • Cyber security threats and vulnerabilities
  • Types of cyber attacks
  • Risk mitigation strategies
  • Appropriate security controls
  • Disaster recovery plans and procedures
  • Application, data and host security
  • Access control and identity management
  • Cryptography introduction
  • Intrusion detection systems
  • Preparing for CompTIA Security+ certification


  1. Case Study: Part 1 (5%)
  2. Case Study: Part 2 (15%) 
  3. Case Study: Part 3 (35%)
  4. Final Exam (45%)

Subject Availability

Term 1 (Jan), Term 2 (May), Term 3 (Aug)
Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (Jul), Session 3 (Nov)

The information above was accurate the time the subject was last run, but may change in future. Be sure to check the details in your subject outline upon enrolment.