Cyber security is studied at degree level to equip students with various skills and knowledge to be able to defend computer operating systems and data networks from potential cyber attacks or threats. Cyber security is a sub-category of computer science and is studied most commonly as a BSc (Hons) Cyber Security Degree.
Cyber security can be studied at the undergraduate level throughout a three to four year degree program including a year in the industry as work experience. Alternatively, some students may to choose to study cyber security at the undergraduate level through their computer science degree program, as a specialisation subject. Those students wishing to study cyber security at the postgraduate level can expect one to two years of full time study to complete their degree.
Typical areas of study throughout a cyber security degree include data analysis, cyber defence, cyber threats, cryptography, system administration, databases, programming and networking protocols. Those students who choose to study a computer science degree can also choose to specialise their study in cyber security in the latter stages of their degree program.