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Master of Information Systems Security (Digital Forensics Stream) 2013


The aim of these courses is to provide professionals in the IT industry with advanced courses of study in information technology management that are current, relevant and integrate industry certification in this field. These courses incorporate significant components of industry training, including preparation of formal industry-stream certifications from the SANS Institute, GIAC, EC Council, (ISC)², Cisco and Check Point.


Upon completion of this course, graduates will possess:

  • An informed and reflexive perspective on IT security issues;
  • Advanced skills in the design, implementation and management of secure computer networks;
  • Skills in IT risk management issues;
  • Skills in identifying and producing solutions to threats that endanger information system resources;
  • Competence in determining common best practices to secure a computing enterprise;
  • Preparation of IT security industry certification from organisations such as the EC-Council, the GIAC and the ISC²;
  • Problem solving skills and methodologies when troubleshooting and documenting complex computing security problems;
  • The ability to analyse complex client business security requirements and select appropriate solutions, and
  • Skills in the development of leading edge security solutions that meet customer business objectives for functionality and performance.

This course can be found on the Charles Sturt University site at: http://www.csu.edu.au/courses/postgraduate/information_systems_security/

Industry Certifications

This Masters incorporates preparation of the following industry certifications as core or elective subjects:

  • The Security Essentials Certification (GSEC) from the GIAC organisation and SANS Institute;
  • The Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) from the GIAC organisation and SANS Institute;
  • The Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) cert from the EC Council;
  • The Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) from the The International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners
  • The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) industry certification exam from the International;
  • Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)²);
  • The Certified Forensics Analyst (GCFA) industry certification from the GIAC organisation and SANS Institute, and
  • The Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) industry certification from the EC-Council.


Prospective students can obtain descriptions of the content of subjects by filling out the Request more information form.

* Note that ITC597 Digital Forensic is a compulsory elective for the Digital Forensic Stream. It is a restricted elective for all other streams.  

Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Security

The Master of Information Systems Security is an articulated course that incorporates the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Security. The certificate can be stand alone or, upon successful completion, students may proceed (with full credit) into the Master of Information Systems Security.  To graduate with the Graduate Certificate, students must satisfactorily complete 4 subjects, which include two industry certification subjects.


Academic credit is available to students who can provide proof that they have passed relevant industry examinations. Prospective students can obtain an estimate of credit entitlements by filling out the Request more Information form.

NOTE: The actual level of credit awarded will be confirmed upon acceptance into the Degree.

Important Note regarding Digital Forensic Certification Subjects

The Digital Forensic Industry Certification Subjects listed as (credit only) above are only available for credit and are not available for study via Distance education with Charles Sturt University. Credit for Digital Forensics certification subjects will be awarded on proof that the students have passed the relevant industry certification exams from GIAC, the EC Council or (ISC)2 .  It is recommended that students prepare for the industry certification exams by attending courses at training providers recommended by these organisations. Industry subjects that are not (credit only) are conducted by CSU. You can do these subjects with CSU or apply for credit for these subjects.


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