Buying and selling online, doing your banking, recording videos, and taking pictures, sending personal messages to your friends and family- the increased use of data has changed almost every aspect of our lives.  However, it’s also hugely increased the opportunities for cybercriminals to access our data in ways we haven’t authorised. Cybercrime is estimated to damage the Australian economy by $1 billion per year** in direct costs.

Cybersecurity is the specialist work carried out to protect data - yours and everyone else’s - so that information technology systems work and protect networks from the risk of attack. 

Careers in Cybersecurity

The cybersecurity workforce is a fast-growing sector. Across the world, organisations aim to protect their customers and users from constantly evolving online fraud and threats. The skills required to keep data safe are in high demand and there’s a shortage of cybersecurity specialists.  According to Cisco there are more than 1 million unfilled security jobs worldwide. There is a significant shortage of cybersecurity skills in Australia, so those with the right skills can expect high salaries.

Roles in cybersecurity are diverse and rewarding. Technical programming and development roles are central but the industry also spans policy, risk management, marketing and engagement, product management and many other career paths. Working in cybersecurity, you’ll implement security protocols, helping a business recover after a cyberattack, or develop policies and projects to reduce the impact of cybercrime.

Organisations of all sizes with an online presence make use of cybersecurity services. Experts in the field may be employed by security firms devoted to online security or may work within very large organisations such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. You can be employed as a consultant by organisations such as Deloitte, Accenture and PwC. Organisations who aren’t primarily IT, but whose services are delivered online and need cybersecurity, include banks, charities, educational institutions, retailers, charities, educational institutions, and media and government institutions.

Relevant roles:

  • Infosec Officer
  • Cryptographer
  • Security Engineer
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Network Analyst
  • Incident Responder
  • Vulnerability Assessor
  • Forensic Expert
  • Source Code Auditor

Career Paths at UNSW

Cybersecurity could be an ideal career path if you’re a problem-solver with a fundamental interest in technology and logical reasoning. A technical or IT background is not a pre-requisite for a career in cybersecurity. At UNSW Science, we offer many degrees that can provide you cybersecurity skills in high demand such as quantitative reasoning, analytical, critical thinking and investigation abilities.

While the Bachelor of Data Science & Decisions is an obvious choice when it comes to a career in cybersecurity, UNSW Science offers a range of alternate degrees and specialisations.

Honours and advanced components can be used to dive deeper into your chosen subject area, such as Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) (Honours) with specialisations in Advanced Statistics, Applied Mathematics. 

The Bachelor of Science & Business will give graduates the skills to integrate both pragmatic real-world business with science methodologies. 

You could also choose a Double degree to complement your science skills with LawComputer ScienceEngineering and Business skills.

Postgraduate study, beginning with Graduate Certificate and Diploma level study is a great way to develop your vocational skills. Many of these are designed to be done online so that you can study around your work commitments.

Masters level degrees, such as Master of Mathematics, Master of Data Science, Master of Data Science and DecisionsMaster of Professional Science and Master of Statistics, take your professional qualifications to the highest levels.

Where Our Graduates Work


"The Master of Statistics degree at UNSW taught me to develop my thoughts with much greater rigour. It also created a life-long curiosity to understand and acquire as much knowledge as possible. My thesis explored the scientific basis of data science. This has served me well in a corporate world struggling with cultural and technological transformation. It helped me develop critical, high-quality, evidence-based decision making skills that have made me into the data science leader I am today."

Mahrita Harahap - Cyber Security Data Analyst at CBA and Statistical Consultant
UNSW Master of Statistics alumni