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Fadzayi Chiwandire

Application security consultant

Fadzayi Chiwandire moved to Australia to study cyber security at ECU after realising how much fun she could have protecting apps from hackers, and today she’s an application security consultant

Feeling pretty certain she had failed her O-Level (similar to our ATAR) in Zimbabwe, Fadzayi followed in her brother’s footsteps and started a Diploma of Graphic Design and New Media before she even got her results. 

“I didn’t want to repeat school, so I put together a portfolio, went for an interview at the college that my brother was studying at and got accepted,” Fadzayi says.

In the end she did pass her O-Level, but Fadzayi was already on a path that would eventually see her flexing some serious tech muscle working as an application security consultant with one of Australia’s leading cyber security companies.

After moving to South Africa in the wake of political turmoil in Zimbabwe, Fadzayi got a job with an agency that did web design.

A few years later, she was leading a team of people, later transitioning into web development and more serious coding when she began to crave a change. 

While working with banks and financial technology clients, Fadzayi witnessed some troubling security incidents that sparked her interest in cyber security. 

“One of the main reasons I moved to Australia was because I wanted to get
a degree in cyber security,” Fadzayi says.

Her choice of Edith Cowan University, with its renowned cyber security expertise, turned out to be an excellent one. Fadzayi says ECU helped connect her with industry and to her first casual cyber security job. It was through ECU that she later won a scholarship that included an internship with global cyber security firm CyberCX, where she now works full time. 

Fadzayi also hosts Perth’s first cyber security podcast and encourages students to learn more about the industry. “It’s such a diverse field that a good place to start is researching on YouTube all the different tracks.”

Fadzayi’s study and career path to becoming an application security consultant:

  • Diploma in Graphic Design and New Media, Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA)
  • Web designer, various
  • Web developer, Creacha
  • Frontend Developer, OnePointFour Consulting
  • Bachelor of Science (Cyber Security), Edith Cowan University
  • Intern, CyberCX
  • Application security consultant, CyberCX

This article was brought to you in partnership with Edith Cowan University, and first appeared in Careers with STEM:Technology 2023.

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