What to expect in the Master of Cyber Security?

What to expect in the Master of Cyber Security?

RMIT Vietnam's Master of Cyber Security is now underway. Take a sneak peek inside the program and learn how students are preparing themselves to become Vietnam's leading defense against external cyber threats.

With RMIT Vietnam’s inaugural Master of Cyber Security program about to begin, let’s look at what students should be expecting from the first few semesters of class! We spoke with Senior Lecturer Dr. Thanh Nguyen as well as Program Manager Dr. Jonathan Crellin about the opening courses, how students can prepare before joining and about the program in general. 

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New Horizons and Outlooks 

Students should expect an intensive workload with the Introduction to Information Security and Cryptography (concealing information so other people cannot see it) for Cyber Security classes occurring alongside a deep and thorough Case Studies class.

Taking recent cyber security attacks that have occurred in Vietnam, the classes will unpack how breakdowns in security happen. Some expected guest speakers will include those from Incident Response teams and students will learn how to stop the discussed attacks from taking place again.

Dr Nguyen shares that his key teaching philosophy is “pragmatic and practical. Students should be learning through practice, practice, practice.  Course cases studies will come from real projects, direct from industry. We will not teach from textbooks.”

With such practical learning, students will also learn about penetration testing – which is the testing of IT systems.  The techniques used by cyber criminals shall be demonstrated as the class will learn about the signs, indicators and what to be aware of during an attack.

The program’s other focus is on defence and cryptography and a major takeaway from this will be that students gain the ability to review and implement a security system for an enterprise. 

The Encrypted Key of Preparation

Unlike a pure engineering course in technology, students should be on top of trends and news events happening in the wider world. As technology moves quickly, when new products or tech becomes available, Professor Crellin states that students should “think about the unintended consequences that new technology may have – evaluate how someone might use the tech to exploit.” 

Other than being cognisant about world news, Professor Crellin also advises that if a student is used to using one main computer operating system, such as only Windows or MacOS, then they should explore what it is like to use other operating systems and gain a basic understanding of how they function.  Hackers do not rely on only one, so being comfortable with a Linux (e.g. Ubuntu) will help your studies!


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