Melbourne MicroCert

Cybersecurity: Strategy and Incident Response

Learn to strategically prepare for and manage cybersecurity threats in organisations.

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

Upcoming sessions

Monday 31 January 2022


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

This Melbourne MicroCert provides you with enhanced capabilities in cybersecurity strategy and managing cybersecurity incident response.

Developed with the Academic Centre of Cybersecurity Excellence (ACCSE), Cybersecurity: Strategy and Incident Response is closely aligned with industry standards and led by expert cybersecurity instructors. Drawing on real-world case studies, you will explore various paradigms for protecting organisations from threats, how to integrate them to build a cyber defensive system, and examine the incident response process of detection, containment, eradication and recovery.

The convenient online course is part of the Cybersecurity Management series, which offers you the opportunity to gain credit towards a 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.

Key topics

This Melbourne MicroCert consists of two modules.

Cybersecurity strategy in organisations:

  • Strategising in cybersecurity to protect IP and IT services
  • Strategic paradigms for protecting organisations from threats (such as prevention, detection, surveillance, deterrence, deception, compartmentalisation)
  • Cybersecurity capability development.

Managing cybersecurity incident response, with a focus on the role of key stakeholders:

  • Incidence response process
  • Situation awareness
  • Organisational learning
  • Integrating response with prevention practices.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of Cybersecurity: Strategy and Incident Response you will be able to:

  • Analyse the strategy and incident response management practices of an organisation
  • Construct recommendations addressing the strategy and incident response management deficiencies of an organisation.

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 is a world-leading researcher in the management practice of incident response, bringing real-world case studies of incident response to this subject. 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, 15 to 20 hours of independent study, and 15 to 20 hours for assessment.

Assessment includes:

  • Case analysis of an organisation’s strategy and incident response management (100%).

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Cybersecurity: Strategy and Incident Response 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 will also include your final report, demonstrating your understanding of strategy and incident response management in the broader, real-world context.

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: Strategy and Incident Response is part of the Cybersecurity Management series. You will need to complete the first two MicroCerts first. You can then go on to take the final one:

  1. Cybersecurity in Organisations
  2. Cybersecurity Management Practices
  3. Cybersecurity: Technologies for Defence.

Cybersecurity: Strategy and Incident is also designed to provide a pathway – otherwise known as advanced standing – into the Master of IT Management (Executive). This requires completing all four Melbourne MicroCerts in the Cybersecurity Management series, as each one is equivalent to one quarter of a standard subject, and then applying for credit towards the masters program.

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


  • The Cybersecurity in Organisations and Cybersecurity Management Practices Melbourne MicroCerts.


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 31 January 2022

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