Melbourne MicroCert

Cybersecurity: Technologies for Defence

Equip yourself in cybersecurity technologies that defend against cyber threat

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

Upcoming sessions

Monday 11 October 2021


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

This Melbourne MicroCert provides you with sound knowledge and understanding of cybersecurity technologies that play a key role in organisations’ perimeter and interior defences.

Developed with the Academic Centre of Cybersecurity Excellence (ACCSE), closely aligned with industry standards and led by expert cybersecurity instructors, you will explore a range of technologies for constructing both a protective ‘shield’ and a second line of defence. You will also examine various vulnerabilities that allow an organisations perimeter to be penetrated and which compromise interior defences, including social engineering and phishing.

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 technologies in perimeter defence:

  • Defence-in-depth concept
  • Building a secure perimeter for organisations
  • Perimeter vulnerabilities
  • The role and function of firewalls and VPN technologies

Cybersecurity technologies in interior defence:

  • Role, function and vulnerabilities of identity and access management
  • Intrusion detection systems
  • Antimalware solutions.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of Cybersecurity: Technologies for Defence you will be able to:

  • Analyse the configuration of cybersecurity technologies in cybersecurity perimeter and interior defences of an organisation
  • Construct recommendations addressing the deficiencies in the configuration of cybersecurity technologies in perimeter and interior defences 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 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. Atif has been studying the real-world management practice of cybersecurity in organisations for the past fifteen years.


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 cybersecurity technology deployment (100%).

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Cybersecurity: Technologies for Defence 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 cybersecurity technologies in a 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: Technologies for Defence is part of the Cybersecurity Management series. You will need to complete Cybersecurity in Organisations before taking this course. You can then go on to take the rest of the series:

Cybersecurity: Technologies for Defence 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 Melbourne MicroCert.


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 11 October 2021

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