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Jennifer Medbury

Cyber Security Lecturer

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With qualifications in psychology and commerce, Jennifer Medbury’s career in intelligence and security has included roles with defence and the police force, now she teaches the next generation at ECU.

Jennifer Medbury’s first foray into STEM came out of her lifelong interest in how people tick. She studied a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology, which she followed up with a degree in commerce and a Masters in Strategic Affairs.

In the workforce, Jennifer has had jobs in intelligence and security for over a decade, including time spent with both the Defence Intelligence Organisation and the Western Australia Police Force.

Jennifer now shares her knowledge with newcomers to the field as a lecturer in intelligence and security, as well as a researcher and first-year coordinator at Edith Cowan University (ECU).

“I teach university students about terrorism, international security, information security, intelligence analysis and critical thinking,” she explains.

Jennifer is also a PhD candidate, focusing on the emergency services sector and intelligence analysis.

During her career, Jennifer has found her biggest hurdle was overcoming feelings of self-doubt and imposter syndrome. She’s learned, however, that increasing diversity in the intelligence community is super important. “We can see problems from more perspectives and therefore more potential for innovative ideas,” she says.

If you’re interested in a career in intelligence, the opportunities are boundless she says. “Although most people see intelligence analysts as primarily working in national security agencies, there are a wide range of opportunities available in other government agencies, the private sector and in the not-for-profit sector.”

“Intelligence analysts collect information and make assessments to help people make decisions. Those skills are almost limitless,” Jennifer says.

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Jennifer’s study and career path to becoming a Cyber Security Lecturer

  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology), Curtin University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Commerce (HR Management and Industrial Relations), Curtin University of Technology
  • Master of Strategic Affairs, Australian National University
  • Intelligence Analyst, Defence Intelligence Organisation
  • Senior Intelligence Analyst, WA Police Force
  • Lecturer, Intelligence and Security, Edith Cowan University

This article is brought to you in partnership with Edith Cowan University and originally appears in Careers with STEM: Technology 2021.

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