Melbourne MicroCert

Cybersecurity in Organisations

Ensure your organisation is equipped to identify and assess cyber risk.

Study mode
3 weeks (28 hours) + 1 week for assessment
Skills area
Cybersecurity Management

Upcoming sessions

Monday 30 August 2021


As cybersecurity threats become increasingly frequent and sophisticated, organisations of all stripes require the expertise to remain secure.

This Melbourne MicroCert offers the chance for current or aspiring cybersecurity managers to expand their knowledge of the cyber-threat landscape and better understand the security requirements of organisations.

Developed with the Academic Centre of Cybersecurity Excellence (ACCSE), this Melbourne MicroCert is led by expert cybersecurity instructors and closely aligned with industry standards. You will explore emerging cyber strategy topics and case studies, plus generate a cyber-threat actor profile to demonstrate your knowledge. Online delivery offers a convenient way to develop your skillset, in your own time and from a location that suits you.

You can choose to complete Cybersecurity in Organisations as stand-alone professional development, or, stack it with additional Melbourne MicroCerts in the Cybersecurity Management series, which may be used as credit for a further University of Melbourne degree.

Who is it for?

This Melbourne MicroCert is ideal for current and aspiring cybersecurity managers. It is valuable to everyone from Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) to IT Security Managers and Security Operations Centre (SOC) Managers. To be eligible, you must have significant work experience in the information technology sector; see eligibility requirements for more information.

Key topics

Delivered as two modules, this Melbourne MicroCert will equip you with an increased understanding of the evolving cyber-threat landscape and role of cybersecurity in protecting information resources in organisations.

The first module describes cybersecurity requirements from an organisational perspective. You will cover:

  • Cybersecurity models and frameworks that to relate assets, threats and controls
  • Cybersecurity properties (confidentiality, integrity and availability)
  • Cyber strategy objectives for modern organisations
  • Various organisational structures for cybersecurity function.

The second module focuses on the complex threat landscape and how to profile threat actors. You will cover:

  • Threat-actor typology
  • Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)
  • The APT Operational Line framework and phases of sophisticated cyber-actors (select exploitation target, assess system vulnerability, manoeuvre, infiltrate, assure sustainability, assure mobility, focused surveillance and reconnaissance).

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of Cybersecurity in Organisations, you will be able to:

  • Create a template for profiling cyber threat actors, demonstrating a sound knowledge of cybersecurity requirements and the cyber-threat landscape
  • Apply critical thinking skills to publicly available sources of knowledge to generate a cyber-threat actor profile
  • Evaluate the utility of the template given the cybersecurity requirements of organisations.

Learning experience

This Melbourne MicroCert has been developed and is delivered with the Academic Centre of Cybersecurity Excellence (ACCSE) based in the University of Melbourne’s School of Computing and Information Systems, meaning your learning is backed by our leading research. In an engaging online environment, alongside other industry professionals, you will be guided through relevant case studies and emerging cyber strategy topics and trends.

Who will you learn from?

You will learn from ACCSE’s Deputy Director, Associate Professor Atif Ahmad. Atif has previously served as a cybersecurity consultant for WorleyParsons, Pinkerton and Sinclair Knight Merz. He is a Certified Protection Professional with the American Society for Industrial Security.


This Melbourne MicroCert is taught over four weeks, with one pre-teaching week, two weeks for delivery, and one week for assessment. You will undertake eight hours of guided online learning and an additional 15-20 hours of independent study. Assessment time is 15 to 20 hours.

Assessment includes:

  • Threat Actor Profiles of Cyber-Attackers: a 1250-word individual report (100%).

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Cybersecurity in Organisations Melbourne MicroCert. This digital certificate will include information and evidence of your developed and actionable skills, knowledge and capabilities (as outlined in the learning outcomes). It may also include artefacts (such as videos and written material) related to both experiential and work-integrated learning, including translatable assessment that is practical to your professional life.

Links to industry

This Melbourne MicroCert will ensure you are well-placed to meet the growing demand for highly knowledgeable cybersecurity managers across sectors such as banking, high-tech manufacturing and government. If you are already working in such a role, it will enable you to expand upon and demonstrate your expertise in the area.

Learning and content has been informed by curriculum guidelines developed by the Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education as well as ISACA’s Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) Body of Knowledge, meaning you can be confident your knowledge is up-to-date and industry-aligned.

Pathways to further study

Cybersecurity in Organisations can be taken as stand-alone professional development, or you can complement it with any other Melbourne MicroCert in the Cybersecurity Management series, which includes*:

*These courses will be available from 2021

Cybersecurity in Organisations is also designed to provide a pathway – otherwise known as advanced standing – into the Master of IT Management (Executive). To use Cybersecurity in Organisations in this way, you will need to complete four Melbourne MicroCerts in the Cybersecurity Management series, as each one is equivalent to one quarter of a standard subject, and then apply for credit towards the Master of IT Management (Executive).

Expiry of Melbourne MicroCert

This Melbourne MicroCert will expire five years from the date of issue as particular knowledge and/or skills may either need to be refreshed or become outdated.

Eligibility requirements

To undertake this Melbourne MicroCert, you require either:

  • At least five years of work experience in an IT-related discipline
  • OR

  • At least two years of work experience in an IT-related discipline and an undergraduate degree.


If you’re aged between 45–70, employed or recently unemployed (less than 9 months) and not receiving Australian Government employment assistance, you could be eligible for Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers. Skills Checkpoint is an Australian Government funded service that allows eligible individuals to access personalised support programs including one-on-one support with a career advisor.

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Upcoming sessions

Monday 30 August 2021

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