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cyber security


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Shameela Gonzalez executive ad visor

technology and ended up majoring in human resources after I realised subjects like finance and accounting weren't my calling, and rather I found myself increasin gly passionate about people and organisationa l psycholog y. After my degree, movin g into an intern and then graduate program at CBA in the digital space, I soon leveraged my understanding of technology and human behaviour and how the two can intersect. To day, my job is to support the CISO and ou r cyber experts every day and remove their hu rdles so they can continue to do what the y need to do – which is critical to protecting us and our customers.


Find your path

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Skills in cyber security

The skills you need in cy ber security include creativity, cutting-edge thinking and problemsolving. We partner with universities and schools and run cyber ch allenges and hackathons, inspiring stu dents to see the kind of excitement and intera ctions you can have in cyber security to show ho w this can be an area that anyone can leap int o. I’ve learned that there are many different skills that are needed an d valued when you work in technology. There ’s a hugely diverse career base in cyber sec urity. It’s a creative industry with so many op portunities!

the data that is part of our wider digital footprint is our most precious asset”

Shameela Gonzalez Executive Advisor to the CI

Bachelor of Business/ Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, University of Technology Sydney Technical Business Analyst, CBA

Executive Manager, Technology Regulatory Project, CBA



CBA Summer Intern & Graduate Executive Advisor to the CISO, CBA




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fastest growing yber security is one of the ’re talking 57% in sectors in the world – we AustCyber. With the last year according to stralian organisations cyber crimes costing Au esses are all about around $3 million, busin ills to protect them. hiring people with the sk ’t just about working A job in cyber security isn nt; there are plenty of for banks or the governme rt, comms and even big opportunities in transpo ple! Roles include cyber brands like Tesla and Ap ultants and security security specialists, cons an economy will need architects. The Australi yees by 2027, so there’s about 18,000 new emplo Here’s proof... no shortage of employers.


Australian Cyber Security Centre Public Administration and Safety FUN FACT: The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) helps around six businesses a day respond to cyber security incidents. The ACSC educates and advises families and businesses on how to protect their information and technology. Their social media pages offer links to articles, and provide bite-sized pieces of information to help people learn to protect themselves. Good communication skills are a must.




FUN FACT: Telstra has ple nty of helpful tips about stayin g safe while using devices on their website, including ho w to detect scams.

TRANSPORT FUN FACT: QANTAS uses work simulations to prepare employees for cyber risks and keep awareness up to date.

Australia’s biggest telco, Tel stra, provides almost 25 million Aus sies with ser vices like the interne t, mobile data and more. Telstr a also sells cyber security sof tware, including antivirus sof tware that provides security for device s across their network. Skills in marke ting, sales and comms will be put to good use working in cyber securit y here.

QANTAS is Australia’s leading airline. Cybercrimes against the airline could cause data breaches or in-flight interruptions. A career in QANTAS’ cyber security will require preventing hacks and strengthening any weaknesses in the airline’s armour.

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FUN FACT: Boeing has rec ently partnered with Microsoft to experiment with their artific iaI intelligence (AI) to improve efficiency in their products .


blocks FUN FACT: The ANZ Bank around 12 million deceitful emails per month.

four big banks The ANZ Bank is one of the bank of New of Australia and the leading e million Zealand. ANZ has around nin g protection din nee ide customers worldw sh-y emails. phi and against cyber crimes

Tesla Manufacturing and Technology FUN FACT: Tesla has over 20,000 electric car chargers around the world and they need cyber protection. Tesla is known for electric cars and for founder Elon Musk’s stake in the space race. Tesla also builds self-driving cars. Because of the threat of hackers taking control of self-driving cars, Tesla issues regular cyber security updates and they need people power to do it.

Known for producing its worldfamous planes, Boeing is an Americ an company that also creates satellites, missiles and telecommunications equipm ent. Cyber security is essential to defend info that’s gathered and spread via the equipment.

Cybernetic GI


FUN FACT: As cyber security experts, Cybernetic GI works with companies around the globe, including operations in Europe, USA and New Zealand. Cybernetic GI is an Australian company based in Brisbane that offers cyber security packages to businesses. Their services include risk assessment, penetration testing, wireless testing and information security awareness.

Apple Technology FUN FACT: In 2017, online recruitment platform, Indeed, ranked Apple first in US companies hiring cyber security professionals. Apple is like the celeb of tech companies, producing smartphones, laptops and other information tech. Protecting user data and sensitive company data through cyber security is crucial for Apple.

Atlassian Technology

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FUN FACT: Stickman produces a webinar almost every month, with keynote speakers such as an ex-US Homeland Security employee, a health and wellness speaker and the CEO of a company in India. Stickman is a Sydney-based cyber security firm that offers solutions, ser vices and securit y systems to customers lookin g to protect their businesses. The y focus on a five-step model – define, plan, execute, report and monitor – to get it right. – Saskia Horgan-Catchpole




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Stand and deliver

A common thread among cybercrimes in recent years is ransomware. Ransomware refers to software or other technical bugs designed for the sole purpose of capturing (and holding hostage) private and sensitive data. The sting comes both from the threat of that information being released and the cash that must be paid to get it back. Ransomware as a criminal tool is most effective when the target of an attack is a larger corporation, a government agency or another organisation that provides an essential service to society.

Getting started

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Staying safe

The internet has become integral to our every day and the way we comm unicate with others. While it can all feel interc onnected and we sometimes don’t hesitate to share data, we’ve also gotta remember we ’re essentially broadcasting information to strangers. If our info ends up in the wrong hands, things like identity theft, photoshopping personal pics with expli cit material and other invasions of privacy beco me a real risk. So always be cyber aware! – Hannah Diviney

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) defines cybercrime as:


• Crimes directed at computers or other digital technologies such as hacking • Crimes where digital tech is an integral part of an offence. Think: online fraud

Safety tips! Check out and stay protected online!



The dancing cyber criminologist By day, Kelsy Luengen fights cybercrime. By night, she’s a sequinned superstar of salsa


PhD candidate, UQ

Course Coordinato Research Assistant,r / UQ

ver since she was very young, Kelsy Luengen has always loved to dance. It started with cheerleading in primary school, then Latin classes in high school. By the time she went to uni, Kelsy knew enough to teach. She now owns her own dance company and coaches competitors. In 2020 she made her international teaching debut at a Hawaiian salsa conference, and has won several national championships. But Kelsy started uni with a different dream in mind – she wanted to be a war correspondent. “I wanted to be an embedded journalist,” she says. “I was interested in peace and conflict and trying to understand modern warfare.” After a few years of study, Kelsy realised that her chances of joining the troops on the frontline were pretty small, so she decided to add a criminology major to her arts degree. Kelsy also did an Honours degree on policing truancy (something to think about if you’re tempted to wag school!) and then went to work for Queensland’s Crime

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Secure study ops! rt in cyber, Criminology gave Kelsy her sta at UQ. Cyber ay thw pa but that’s not the only majors offered as security is one of the five mputer Science. You part of the Bachelor of Co elor with a Master can also combine the bachof UQ’s vertical of Cyber Security as part pathway lets you dual degree program. This r years and gain complete two degrees in fourything cyber. Cool! a deep understanding of eve 9

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and Corruption Commission, where she became interested in cybercrime. “I was learning about trends in organised crim e and the regulations around digital devices,” she says. Encouraged to pursue her new passion, Kelsy's Honours supervisor suggested she tur n it into a PhD. At the time, the University of Queensland (UQ ) was launching a new cyber security course and was als o looking for research studen ts. Kelsy is now halfway throug h her PhD, which looks at how people read and respond to phishing emails. “We’re identif ying whether or not people can recognise a cyber threat. Using eye-tra cking technolog y to see where they look and how long they look for,” Kelsy explains. “Th e technolog y also tracks heart rate and emotional response. ” In the future, Kelsy hopes to build education tools that wil l help people spot scam emails . “It’s all about helping small businesses to be more cyber safe and aware,” she says. She’ll also be spending more time with the other kind of fishing – her par tner runs a crayfish farm where Kelsy hel ps out. And she says she’ll always find time for dance. “It helps keep me sane!” – Chloe Walke r

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was figuring out att’s biggest career hurdle l. “I knew I what to do after high schoo k me some time wanted to study but it too I would be happy doing to work out exactly what s. for work full-time,” he say passion for home a th A tech enthusiast wi died interactive and stu automation, Matt initially TAFE. A few years digital media at Wodonga degree in Information later, he began a Bachelor’s iversity majoring in Technology at Griffith Un Networks and Security. nities in STEM are He’s found that the opportu know exactly what so wide that it’s OK not to school is done. “If you you want to do once high u find yourself doing aren’t happy with what yo options that are only there are a thousand other a step to the side,” he says.

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Matt’s degree opened his eyes to the increasing need for cyber skills in Australia, and not long after finishing uni he started a grad program at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) in cyber security. “I love all things cyber and to know it’s a growing field just means more opportunities,” he says. Grads at CBA contribute to real projects from day one, and Matt works with a team to respond to cyber incidents and attacks. “The goal is to ensure we keep the bank, our suppliers and most importantly our customers safe from cyber threats as they occur,” he says. One of Matt’s most meaningful projects was participating in the National Missing Persons Hackathon, which assists police to find missing people in Australia. “Basically using your Insta/ Facebook stalking skills (among other things) to find any information you can to help locate real missing people!” Matt’s advice? Keep learning. “Ask questions,” he says. “There is always a path to get to the career or work you want to do.” – Sarah Kellett

The future of virtual crime Daniel Lekic is part of CBA’s cyber team, one of the largest cyber teams in the southern hemisphere


everyone’s responsibility, taying safe online might be ked and don’t even know but what if you’ve been hac of Daniel and his crew it yet? This is where the work of Australia (CBA) comes in. at the Commonwealth Bank y those instances when Together they work to identif ed but isn't aware any thing a customer has been attack res other cyber security measu has happened – along with role n ow His r money safe. that automatically keep you like how the bank can – e is to also think big-pictur security threats they’ll better prepare for the cyber be facing in say, five years. after completing Daniel started at CommBank g in information technolog y a degree in science specialisin log y Sydney, and a year (IT) at the University of Techno pany WiseTech. interning at global tech com duate Program in the He joined CommBank’s Gra g from focusing purely cyber security section, movin a hybrid role where he still on sof tware engineering to elopment. And it doesn’t gets to work in sof tware dev on future-proofing the stop there. Daniel also works urity for the next decade. bank’s approach to cyber sec

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cal It means thinking fast – analyti is different. “Within my day ry eve as using tech skills, so researchers,” he says. “My team we have engineers and lities out and also see what’s role is to build these capabi rship with cyber intelligence, beyond the horizon, in par tne now and what we can do to consider what the threats are ing up in the future.” stop this, but also what’s com next three months “It’s hard to know even in the customers,” says Daniel. how criminals will attack our n tomers directly, so in additio “Criminals will target our cus e cat also need to edu to building in protection, we our customers.”

Customer care Hacks can be surreptitious, says Daniel. Say you download a Word document and, without you even realising, it has some malware included. The malware sits undetected on your computer, gathering info. The next time you open your browser, the malware kicks in, potentially redirecting a payment. “Our job is to best understand and catch the attack as early as possible, and even before money is compromised if we can,” says Daniel. “We can stop the transaction and notify the customer.” “The challenges in my work are new every day though, so I learn a lot on the job,” he says. “It keeps it interesting. I always wanted a job where I would be challenged every day, be able to impact people at scale but also still work to build things myself.” – Heather Catchpole

The challenges in my work are new every day” Bachelor Science in IT, University of Technology Sydney

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Staff still believe that cyber security is an I.T. problem” Daisy’s role is to educate pu blic servants on how to best protect themselves and their organisation. “A lot of staff still believe that cyber security is an IT problem,” she says. “We need staff to be accountable, so we provid e them with tools that make it easier to become more cyber safe.” According to the Australi an Cyber Security Centre, only one in four Au stralians feel they have a good understandin g of cyber security risks. When security awareness training can reduce the risk of an attack by 70%, it's time to educate. Plus, Daisy says, changin g people’s behaviour for the better is a great fee ling. “Nothing gives me more joy than when pe ople tell me they’ve changed their passwords to make them more secure.” – Chloe Walker



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hristine credits her mum, a senior SAP (systems applications and products) consultant, as the biggest influence on her journey into STEM. The fact she got to visit her mum’s workplace as a little girl and pretend to tap away on the keyboard also helped! Now, Christine says her cyber end-user experience (EUX) role at CBA is “helping reduce malware and cyber attacks” – so all that typing has come in handy. Plus, she gets to practice some sweet skills every day, like “problem-solving to find the balance between mitigating attacks and not disrupting an employee’s ability to complete their work”. Christine also looks at education and communication skills – because “one of the most common cyber attack methods is social engineering, which exploits people psychologically,” she explains. – Jonathan Nalder

One of the most common cyber attack methods is social engineering, which exploits people psychologically” Cisco Mentee, Cisco Mentor Program

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Criminals like these – hir ed by competitors, criminal syndicates or ho stile foreign governments – represen t a serious threat to our food supply and security . But this also means more career opportunities for people who want to stop hackers in their tracks.


Secure the land

a cyber security expert,” says Damien Manuel, director of Cyber Security, Research and Innovation Centre at Deakin University.

A job in agriculture secur ity could include being a cyber security speciali st for a large agricultural biz – designing, deployin g and managing the business’ information ne tworks. Or maybe a penetration (pen) tester, where you’d be responsible for things lik e hacking the system yourself to see where vu lnerabilities lie. Similar roles are availab le in the companies and organisations develop ing and producing ag tech. Fun job description s would be things like making meat processing robots unhackable. Not all of the roles are tec hnical though. “You don’t need to be a sof tware developer to be

Teaching tech

“If you have a passion for people you could go into the education side to improve cyber security awareness and make people safer online,” Damien says. It’s a tad more complex than just thinking cows and computers, but like anything tech-related, the ag industry needs protecting and the opportunities are paddock-sized! – Ben Skuse


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helor’s degree hen Oliver completed his Bac University majoring in electronics at the no idea what of Otago, New Zealand, he had y stressed he was going to do. “I was ver was ich wh about trying to find a job s. say relevant to my degree,” he was running Luckily, a local polytechnic m where a summer internship progra companies in students could connect with . “I applied to five-minute speed interviews says Oliver. as many of these as I could,” landed an I , ws rvie “Af ter follow-up inte an NZ-based e, enc internship at Iris Data Sci chine learning ma artificial intelligence (AI) and ng computer usi t business, working on a projec vision to count fruit.”



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Top secret biz

There is also an element of cyb er security in Oliver’s role, par ticularly in ensuring farmers’ commercially sensitive data isn’t stolen. Exactly how this works is something he has to keep quiet about. “I can’t go into specifics on how we do cyber security,” he says. “But it has always been a big focus at Iris.” – Ben Skuse


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passing dairy cows to check their health. It detects lameness and oth er health conditions early so the anima ls suf fer less and have a better chance of recovery. Oliver’s role is coding and deb ugging various machine learning alg orithms, and integrating them into OmniE ye.

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Lessons in intelligence With qualifications in psycholog y and commerce, Jennifer Medbury’s career in intelligence and security has included roles with defen ce and the police force; now she teaches the next gene ration at ECU


M came out of her ennifer’s first foray into STE tick. She studied a lifelong interest in how people in psycholog y, which Bachelor of Science majoring in commerce and a she followed up with a degree . Masters in Strategic Affairs had jobs in In the workforce, Jennifer has a decade, r ove intelligence and security for Defence the h including time spent with bot We the stern Intelligence Organisation and Australia Police Force. wledge Jennifer now shares her kno as d fiel the with newcomers to security, a lecturer in intelligence and t-year firs as well as a researcher and coordinator at Edith Cowan University (ECU). “I teach university students al about terrorism, internation y, urit sec n atio security, inform ical crit and is intelligence analys s. thinking,” she explain Jennifer is also a PhD candidate, focusing on the emergency ser vices sector and intelligence analysis. found her During her career, Jennifer has g feelings of biggest hurdle was overcomin drome. self-doubt and imposter syn increasing t tha r, She’s learned, howeve

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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. – Jonathan Nalder

There are a wide range of opportunities available in other government agencies, the private sector and in the not-for-profit sector” Bachelor of Science (Psychology), Curtin University of Technology Intelligence Analyst, Defence Intelligence Organisation

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