Institute for Cyber Investigations and Forensics - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Institute for Cyber Investigations and Forensics

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Be at the forefront of cyber security and crime prevention

In a digital world, cyber security is a growing priority for governments, industry and individuals.

Learn the skills to monitor, investigate and prevent cybercrime from industry experts with decades of experience in the field, including the FBI, US Government, Australian Crime Commission and more. Cyber security graduates are in high demand worldwide – Deloitte Access Economics projects a need for 60,000 additional cyber security professionals by 2030 in Australia alone.

Explore your study options:

Graduate Certificate in Cyber Forensics
Build on your knowledge of ICT and cyber environments and become a specialist in computer forensics.
Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security
Take your first step into a global, fast-growing field with an entry-level certificate in cyber security.
Graduate Certificate in Cyber Investigations
Already working in IT, security or law enforcement? Extend your skills and gain practical experience as a cyber investigator.
Master in Cyber Investigations and Forensics
Set yourself apart and become a security specialist with USC's advanced qualification in cyber investigations and forensics.

Taught by experts from the Institute for Cyber Investigations and Forensics, USC’s fully online cyber security programs will help you forge a career in this fast-growing field. Whether you're new to cyber security, are looking to upskill or want to formalise your work experience to become a qualified specialist, USC has a study option for you.

Learn online, from anywhere

USC’s programs are delivered fully online, so you can study from any location. Advanced programs include virtual placement experiences with organisations such as IDCARE, where you’ll gain practical experience at the forefront of cybercrime research and prevention.

Taught by international experts

USC’s Institute for Cyber Investigations and Forensics is the first of its kind in Australia, offering a blend of specialist training, research, commercialisation and community advocacy.

The Institute is led by Professor David Lacey, an internationally recognised expert in identity security and financial crime and the former Executive Director of the Australian Crime Commission. You’ll be taught by world-class practitioners formerly engaged by Australian and US Intelligence and Defence agencies, the UK Met Police, Australasian law enforcement agencies, top-tier law firms and Cisco Australia.


USC collaborates with Australia and New Zealand's national identity and cyber support service.

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Research at USC

Explore current research projects in defence, security and resilience.
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Contact the Institute for Cyber Investigations and Forensics

Tel: +61 7 5456 3433

Teaching staff

Professor David Lacey
Director and Professor of Cyber Security
Leah Mooney
Cyber law and privacy specialist
Dennis Desmond
Identity, intelligence and defence expert
Associate Professor Clive Harfield
Associate Professor of Cyber Security Ethics and Investigations Management
Dr Graeme Edwards
Digital Crime Scene Management expert
Stephen Best
Network and Device Security Expert