Network and Cybersecurity Systems is a broad area covering both the technology of designing and implementing secure local and internet scale communication systems, as well as the use of that technology in social networks and business systems.

John Gage's phrase, used as a marketing slogan by Sun Microsystems, that the Network is the Computer is becoming more prevalent as the level of networked interconnectivity increases. 

Networked systems includes:

  • the Physical (exemplified by the NBN and by the prevalence of mobile devices including the work by the Flinders' Serval Project team),
  • the Strategic (as shown by the rise of cloud computing, and server and data storage farms of the type housed at Tier5 at Tonsley),
  • the Social (including social networking), and
  • the Organisational (including new business models for work that rely on networked systems, including e-research).

Significantly, the importance of the network as central to the computing task is growing rapidly.  

In the future, once reliable and ubiquitous broadband is widely available, it is likely that not only will large datasets be stored remotely, but the applications and services that will operate over them and much of the computer power needed to do large-scale computation will also be sourced from the network.  Moreover, apps made possible by high capacity networks and/or mesh telephony (of the type being developed by the Serval Project at Flinders University) will likely change the future of communication in the same way that social media has changed the way in which people interact in the past decade.

Thus graduates of a network systems degree are able to not only understand why (and in some cases why not) electronic communication operates, but are also able to design systems that maximise the safe and secure use of networks. 

Flinders' network systems awards have been designed with modern electronic communication in mind - from the latest technology such as optic fibre technology and cloud computing through to the latest in social networking and the use of social media in business.  This includes knowledge of computer security, communications technology and its administration, network engineering, enterprise systems, and social and information networks.

Flinders courses also integrate seamlessly with industry qualifications such as those issued through the Flinders Cisco Academy.  For example, students in thise award can also study for their Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) while completing their degree.

All Flinders' ICT degrees provide for an optional industry based practicum.  For the Bachelor of Information Technology (Network Systems) this can be from 13 weeks to a full-year in industry.  Flinders computing students can thus complete their degree having gained first-hand industry experience.

Courses Available

  1. A three-year Bachelor of Information Technology (Network and Cybersecurity Systems) degree.
  2. A four-year degree Bachelor of Engineering (Computer and Network Systems Engineering) (Honours) degree
  3. A four-year Bachelor of Information Technology (Network and Cybersecurity Systems) (Honours) degree taking students through to honours level is available for students with an ATAR over 80 or those in the 3-year degree maintaining a credit average.
  4. A combined degree - Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems) / Bachelor of Information Technology (Network and Cybersecurity Systems) - available for students interested in understanding further the hardware and firmware aspects of networked computer systems.
  5. Our Master of Science (Computer Science) is also offered aimed at students whose first degree is in a computing related discipline.  (For those whose first degree is in another discipline, the School offers its highly regarded Master of Information Technology).



For more awards and details please see the full list of awards page.