What is cyber security + why is it so important?

According to AustCyber, 7,000 additional cyber security jobs will be added to Australia’s economy by 2024, totalling 33,500 in the workforce.

Cyber security is one of our fastest growing industries, and it’s also crucial for keeping our infrastructure and societies safe.

In this video, we look at what cyber security is, why it’s important, plus how you can help by having a career in this STEM field. We also touch on the diverse gigs in this space, as well as where you could work as a cyber specialist.

Your ultimate guide to cyber security careers

If you’re keen to bust cyber crime as your 9-5, we’ve got you! Get across the following reads, and be sure to check out our Discover Cyber Security Careers section.

Meet the pros

Only 13% of Fortune 500 companies feature women in top cyber security positions. But there’s plenty of space for talent. Want a gig in cyber? Be inspired by the paths of those who’ve walked before you!

Kelsy Luengen, PhD Candidate

After working for Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission, Kelsy became interested in cybercrime. “I was learning about trends in organised crime and the regulations around digital devices,” she says.

Encouraged to pursue her new passion, Kelsy’s honours supervisor suggested she turn it into a PhD. At the time, the University of Queensland (UQ) was launching a new cyber course and was also looking for research students.

Kelsy is now halfway through her PhD, which looks at how people read and respond to phishing emails.

Read more about Kelsy’s fascinating STEM path here.

Jennifer Medbury, Cyber Security LecturerJennifer Medbury - career in intelligence

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

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

Follow her study and career path here.

Cyber security consultantSophie Kaelin, Cyber Security Consultant

Working as a penetration tester or ‘Pen Tester’ in EY’s Red Team, it’s Sophie’s job to “hack” web or mobile apps and devices to uncover vulnerabilities.

“That information then gets passed on to the application’s developers so they can fix any vulnerabilities that make them susceptible to a real-life scenario,” she explains.

Read more about what it’s like to be a pen tester here.

Interested in hearing more about what it’s like to work in cyber?

Find more stories from the pros over at our Cyber Security Specialists section.

Read the mag

In this special edition featured on the flip-cover of Careers with STEM: Technology, we explore cyber security careers in sectors as diverse as communications, crime fighting and agriculture. Discover top employers in cyber and whether it’s the right fit for you.

Wanna find out more and hear from professionals in this STEM area? Register for our technology and cyber security webinar, which will take place on Thursday, October 21 at 12pm AEDT.

Louise Meers

Author: Louise Meers

Louise is the production editor for Careers with STEM. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals and build a better future.

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