Cyber security education in a digital world

May 10, 2024 BY

Shehreen Haider and Blake Rhyan have undertaken cyber security studies at The Gordon. Photos: SUPPLIED

CYBER security education is becoming more important as the threat of cyber and data breaches loom.

Students from The Gordon, Shehreen Haider and Blake Rhyan, have demonstrated the power of cyber security education.

Ms Haider, fascinated by the puzzle of cybersecurity, was inspired by the impact of data breaches in the community.

“When I read about a data breach in a well-known company, it made me realise the devastating impact such incidents can have on businesses and individuals,” she said.

“I believe by working in cyber security, I can contribute to protecting individuals’ privacy and companies’ valuable information, which I find to be meaningful and rewarding.”

Shehreen Haider was inspired by the impacts of data breaches in the community.


Ms Haider studies a Certificate IV in Cyber Security, aspiring to become a cyber security consultant helping organisations develop robust security strategies and incident response plans.

“The Gordon’s comprehensive curriculum is helping me with a deep understanding of various aspects of cyber security, from network security to ethical hacking.

“The knowledge, skills and hands-on leaning I am gaining makes me confident to find a job in this industry.”

Mr Rhyan pivoted from a career in helicopter piloting with a love for technology and problem solving.

He completed his Certificate III in ICT last year and is now finishing his Certificate IV in Cyber Security.

“I have always been intrigued by technology and the inner workings of the devices we use every day,” he said.

Blaker Rhyan’s future goal is to create computer programs that protect systems and networks.

“Cyber security is a combination of two of my passions: puzzles and technology. It’s a growing industry I can build a long-term career in.”

His goal is to become a software developer, using his cyber security knowledge to create computer programs that protect systems and networks.

The two students represent the different pathways and motivations towards cyber security education.

Their experiences demonstrate the role played by institutions, such as The Gordon, in equipping students with skills to navigate cyber security and the power to safeguard online communities.

The Gordon’s technology program lead Steve Gale said cyber security education is imperative for community safety and personal career development.

“Having cyber security skills significantly improves job opportunities and contributes to a secure digital environment,” he said.

For more information, head to thegordon.edu.au


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