While cyber criminals develop new ways to find and exploit vulnerabilities in computer systems, organisations worldwide are increasingly relying on the expertise of cyber security managers. Keeping networks running smoothly and protecting sensitive data takes constant monitoring and proper cyber security management. Cyber security managers are responsible for knowing where a network’s vulnerabilities lie. They stay on top of the methods cyber criminals use to infiltrate information systems and they use their expertise and knowledge to avert these efforts.  

Degree type

Postgraduate coursework


6 months full-time

Commencing terms

Semester 1, Semester 2

Program code


Delivery mode



The Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security Operations at UNSW Canberra is for postgraduate students and professional managers who wish to gain a more detailed understanding of the managerial and technical skills and expertise required to protect information systems and computer networks from cyber attack. As a Cyber Security Operations graduate, you’ll be able to monitor systems for security gaps, design effective solutions, and provide detailed reports to executive management on all aspects of cyber security operations.  

World-class teaching facilities 

The Master of Cyber Security Operations is offered primarily via Intensive Delivery Mode due to the nature of the courses and the use of the training facilities at UNSW Canberra Cyber. The Cyber Range includes a digital forensics lab and virtual learning environments where our students learn how to identify and manage cyber threats.  

Find out more

For more information on this degree, see the UNSW Handbook.

  • Students undertaking GradCert in Cyber Security Operations are required to complete 24 Units of Credit (UOC) by completing four 6-UOC courses from the list in the Handbook entry for the program (see the list in Course Availability below).

    In the GradCert in Cyber Security Operations program, students must complete at least 12UOC, up to a maximum of 24 UOC of the core courses and can complete up to a maximum of 12 UOC of the elective courses.

  • Please note: Program rules are subject to change, Students need to follow the program rules set out in the UNSW Handbook of the current year of their admission into the program.   

    Core courses

    Code Course Semester 1 - 2024 Semester 2 - 2024
    ZEIT8017 Cyber Crime and Cyber Security  Distance Mode

    Not Offered

    ZEIT8018 Cyber Resilience: Management Governance and Acquisition Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZEIT8032 Information Assurance Principles Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZEIT8037 Cyber Security Risk Management Not Offered Distance Mode

    Elective courses

    Code Course Semester 1 - 2024 Semester 2 - 2024
    LAWS8030 Cybercrime, Information Security and Digital Enforcement Not Offered Term 3 – In Person – Sydney
    ZEIT8015 Cyber Operations Not Offered Not Offered
    ZEIT8019 Intrusion Analysis and Response Not Offered Not Offered
    ZEIT8024 Software Security Lifecycle Distance Mode

    Not Offered

    ZEIT8035 Cyber Terrorism Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZEIT8115 Information Operations Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZEIT8136 Software Project Management Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZEIT8226 Systems Engineering Practice Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZEIT8230 Requirements Practice Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZEIT8302 Project Administration Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZEIT8303 Project Management Body of Knowledge  Distance Mode Distance Mode
    ZEIT8403 Capability Option Analysis Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZHSS8441 Cyber-Security and World Politics  Distance Mode Not Offered
  • For information regarding entry requirements, please refer to the online handbook.

  • Limited Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are available for this degree to eligible domestic students who commence in S2 2022 only. CSP are not available for any new admission or deferred admission in this degree for 2023 commencement and onwards. Further information regarding UNSW PG Commonwealth Supported Places can be found here including eligibility and CSP Tuition Fees. 

    Please note that CSP won't be available to Defence students in this degree if their study is funded via Defence PG ADFA Study Scheme. 

Key contacts

Program Coordinator
Dr Siqi Ma
E: siqi.ma@adfa.edu.au

Student Enquiries
T: +61 2 5114 5000