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Daniella Kurnia Surya

Cyber security intern

Wanting to help others for a living had Daniella Kurnia Surya considering becoming a surgeon. She then picked cyber security instead!

When Daniella realised how in demand cyber security specialists are and how the profession lined up with her goal of helping people, she decided to give it a go.

She kickstarted her tertiary studies with a certificate III, IV and advanced diploma of cyber security from South Metropolitan TAFE. And now? She’s currently completing a Bachelor of Science (Cyber Security) at Edith Cowan University. 

During her time at uni, Daniella learnt how to acquire and investigate electronic evidence to catch cyber criminals, perform malware analysis to understand malware behaviour so that defensive measures can be taken, and respond to cyber security incidents.

Daniella is also about to start a cyber security internship at the WA Department of the Premier and Cabinet. The team she’ll be a part of monitors and defends against cyber criminals and ensures organisations’ compliance with relevant cyber security standards and regulations. 

On studying cyber security, Daniella says: “I found both VET and university have contributed immensely to my learning journey. The VET pathway has been extremely beneficial to prepare me for university and my future career because it equipped me with the necessary hands-on skills, while university has significantly improved my research and report writing skills.” 

Daniella’s top tips for landing an internship

  1. Research the company beforehand, including what they do and what they value.
  2. Have a few concrete examples of when you have used a particular skill set, such as a time when you worked on a group project that demonstrates your communication and collaboration skills.
  3. Dress formally.

 Daniella’s study and career path to becoming a cyber security intern

  • Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology (Cyber Security), South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Certificate IV in Cyber Security, South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Advanced Diploma of Cyber Security, South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Bachelor of Science (Cyber Security), Edith Cowan University
  • Cyber security intern, WA Department of the Premier and Cabinet

This article was brought to you in partnership with the National Careers Institute and first appeared in Careers with STEM: Technology 2023.


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