Studying Cyber Security at ECU is a great challenge and Perth people are extremely polite says Mayank

Mayank Mehra, a student from Mumbai is studying Master of Cyber Security at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Western Australia, which has just been announced as an Academic Centre of Cyber Security Excellence by the Australian Government. The announcement recognises the university as one of the best in the world for it’s cyber security program. With a number of high profile cyber attacks over the last few weeks, it is a sector with a huge number of jobs around the world.

It’s estimated there will be a shortfall of more than 1.5 million cyber security professionals around the world by 2020. Meanwhile almost 20 per cent of positions in the sector in Australia will go unfilled because of a lack of trained professionals.

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham announced ECU would share $1.9 million as one of just two Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence in Australia, and the only one in WA.

ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman said the University is already one of the best in the world in the field of cyber security.

“This announcement further recognises ECU as a leader in cyber security research and teaching nationally,” he said.

Mayank, here answers few questions why he took up to study Cyber security at ECU:

What made you decide to study cyber security?

I had a keen interest in the field of computer sciences. Ranging from programming to the networking concepts of Computing. The field of Cyber Security is highly dynamic and challenging that drew my interest into the field. The ever increasing cyber threats in the world have made this one of the most intriguing and complex fields to study in.

Why did you choose to study at ECU?

Having decided to study Cyber Security, the next most important decision was to decide the University to study in. After researching for the same, I concluded for the best education and study experience, ECU in Australia is one of the best institutes to do my higher education in. Despite being one of the relatively new universities, their dedication towards the wellbeing of their students as well as the reputation that they have in the industry is commendable making it the ideal choice to pursue my masters in Cyber Security

Do you see cyber security as a growth industry in Australia? And in India?

Cyber Security is one of the fastest growing industries in the technological field. In the present century, most organisations are heading to the internet for different things like marketing, sales, purchasing and the likes. This means that there is a high possibility of increased monetary transactions online making the need for cyber security the highest priority. India and Australia are both heading towards online Identity storage like the UID in India being implemented thus increasing the need for Security specialists.

 What has your experience studying in Perth been like?

Studying in Perth has been an interesting and learning experience. Studying in a city which is so peaceful and quiet is a very different feeling which makes one relaxed and focused. The people here are extremely helpful and polite. They make me feel welcome and at home. The professors at the university help and ensure that the transition is smooth and the expectations of the university and the industry is met by the students.

ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman said the University is already one of the best in the world in the field of cyber security, he says, “Since 2001 more than 1000 cyber security professionals have graduated from ECU’s cyber security program ”“ one of the longest running undergraduate cyber security degree programs in Australia.”

ECU School of Science Executive Dean Professor Andrew Woodward said, “The industry is booming globally right now. It has been for the past decade and will continue to boom into the next decade.

“Unlike industries such as mining and construction which can boom and bust ”“ we’re only connecting more devices to the internet and that means more demand for cyber security professionals.”

“The high profile cyber attacks on the UK health system, the Democratic Party in the US and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology are showing how badly we need trained professionals.”

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