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Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security Governance and Risk Management

Understand how to design and apply governance and compliance frameworks to cyber security risks and incidents. Advance your career in a high demand field and lead your organisation’s cyber security management strategy.


Please use plan code GC196O in the application system for this program. 

Applications close

27 Jun 2022

Future intakes
Jul 2022|Oct 2022
Number of courses
12 months (9 months accelerated)

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Program Overview

Why study

Our Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security Governance and Risk Management, developed in collaboration with RMIT’s Cyber Security Research and Innovation Centre, will equip you with the skills to develop and advise on cyber security risk and governance strategies. You’ll design and apply governance, compliance, and resilience frameworks, and learn how to respond to incidents and manage security governance teams, processes, and projects. You’ll also gain the capabilities to interface with technical cyber teams across all levels of an organisation’s hierarchy.

Students of this program are eligible to apply for work experience placements with the Australian Defence Force Cyber Gap Program. In order to apply, you must be studying a an eligible 12-month program. Further details can be found here.

As part of this program, you’ll get the opportunity to work on a cyber security strategy project where you’ll conceptualise, develop, and recommend an organisational strategy for a client in conjunction with the Cyber Ready Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC) at RMIT and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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Program outcomes

  • Develop and advise on cyber and information security risk and governance strategies.
  • Design and evaluate governance and compliance frameworks to protect business and information assets.
  • Manage teams, processes, and projects to deliver on risk, governance and security outcomes.
  • Understand and apply relevant cyber security regulatory and compliance obligations.
  • Critically evaluate cyber security solutions and frameworks appropriate to organisational needs.
  • Effectively communicate cyber security risks, impacts and solutions to foster cyber aware culture within organisations.
  • Knowledge of business drivers for the use of cyber security practices, standards and frameworks.

Our Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security Governance and Risk Management will provide you with the business skills to develop and advise on cyber security governance strategies. If you're looking for a technical understanding of cyber security, we recommend you undertake our Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security


Fundamentals of Cyber Security

Develop an understanding of the complexity and nuances of cyber security as a technical discipline and apply key concepts to cyber defence, identity, access management (IdAM) and network security. Develop insights into the anatomy and stages of a cyber attack, and discover key security tools and cyber defences.

Learning outcomes

  • Analyse organisational drivers and business objectives to identify, prioritise and plan cyber security needs.
  • Analyse key cyber security principles using cyber security tools, controls, and cyber defences.
  • Critically evaluate security controls around identity and access management, network and communications security, applications and infrastructure security to identify vulnerabilities and propose defensive strategies against cyber threats.
  • Formulate strategic advice and recommendations to implement security controls that adopt a risk-based approach and meet organisational strategy and business needs.

Cyber Security Governance, Risk and Compliance Management

Explore current and emerging cyber security governance, risk, and compliance requirements. You’ll evaluate risk management concepts and key legal regulatory and compliance frameworks. Assess and quantify cyber risks and apply modelling and strategies to evaluate threats and vulnerabilities.

Learning outcomes

  • Analyse the concept of governance, principles of risk and compliance management in a cybe rsecurity context.
  • Apply a risk management approach to assess and quantify organisational exposure to cyber risk.
  • Critically evaluate risk management concepts, principles and key legal, regulatory and compliance frameworks for application to organisational needs in cyber security risk management.
  • Apply policies, standards and procedures and develop risk mitigation strategies for risk metrics and board reporting.

Cyber Security Resilience and Incident Management

Develop insights and strategies to align cyber security management with organisational needs, assessing cyber security maturity, incident management, and crisis communication capabilities. Foster a strategic approach to creating a security culture and awareness in relation to assets and record management, and design roles and responsibilities, processes, and governance structures for organisational cyber resilience.

Learning outcomes

  • Critically analyse organisational cyber security maturity in relation to cyber resilience and incident management.
  • Analyse asset and resource management practices to develop business continuity process and planning approaches.
  • Formulate strategic advice to promote and nurture a security culture and awareness in an organisation.
  • Develop an incident management response policy and plan.

Option courses

For this course, choose one from the following four options:

Cyber Security Strategy Project

Undertake a project to conceptualise, develop, and recommend organisational strategies for a real client in conjunction with the Cyber Ready Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC) at RMIT and AWS. Learn how to apply, demonstrate, and reflect your strategic approach to an industry problem. As part of this course, you’ll design a cyber security solution that will address industry challenges through applying AWS’s digital innovation techniques and approaches.

Data and Privacy in the Digital Age

Develop an advanced understanding of Australian and international privacy laws. Comprehend the value of personal and commercial data and examine the obligations relating to the collection, storage, and use of customer data. Explore the ethical, social, and regulatory implication of key privacy and data topics and the necessary organisational response in the event of a data breach.

Digital Leadership & Digital Delivery with Agile

This elective includes two of RMIT Online’s Future Skills short courses. The digital leadership component will expose you to the leadership practices and mindsets required to lead product development and product teams. You’ll be introduced to leadership frameworks and models within fast-changing digital environments. The agile delivery component will enable you to understand the depth and breadth of agile frameworks, methods, tools and techniques and how to select, blend and apply these broadly across business domains.

Law and Policy for Emerging Technologies

This elective examines the emergence of new technologies and their impacts on modern society, ethics, law, regulation, and policy. You’ll study a range of theories and approaches for developing suitable regulations that are able to keep up and remain flexible with technological change.

Learn with industry experts

Dr Aida Ghalebeigi
Dr Aida GhalebeigiProgram Manager, RMIT

Dr Aida Ghalebeigi is the Program Manager for online programs in the School of Accounting, Information Systems, and Supply Chain. Aida has taught and developed courses online and face-to-face for both offshore and onshore programs, across undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In her research, she investigates gender equality in the workplace,

Matt Warren
Matt WarrenSubject matter expert

Matt Warren is the Director of the RMIT Centre of Cyber Security Research and Innovation and a Professor of Cyber Security at RMIT University, Australia. Professor Warren is a researcher in the areas of Cyber Security and Computer Ethics.

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Entry requirements

An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent, or higher-level qualification, from a recognised tertiary institution plus 2 years relevant work experience. If you do not have these academic qualifications, you may be eligible for entrance into this program if you have at least 5 years of continuous full-time experience working in business, information systems, or cyber security. These
applicants will be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV).

English Language

International students are required to provide current evidence of

English language proficiency for admission to RMIT University. You can provide your results from one of these three options:

  • An accepted English language proficiency test, or
  • An accepted English language provider, or
  • A recognised Australian or international qualification.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit the English language requirements and equivalency information.

Australian Student Visas

RMIT’s Online Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security Governance and Risk Management does not meet Australian student visa requirements. For an Australian student visa, you must have an on-campus place in a program of study. For more details on RMIT’s on-campus programs visit


3120per course^

Program total: 12480 (all 4 courses)*^FEE-HELP and other support may be available
* Plus a capped Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) based on your credit point enrolment load.
^ Fees typically increase each year and may change without notice. Total fees are estimates and should only be used as a guide.

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