Protecting computer networks and systems is critical work in the digital age, especially in the space industry to ensure that data transmissions from satellites and ground stations remain secure.

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The Rundown

What does a cyber security specialist do?

Cyber security specialists plan and implement security measures to protect computer networks and systems from cyber attacks and manage incident responses.

Cyber security is a specialisation within the field of information technology. Cyber security specialists are in every industry. All organisations need to protect themselves from viruses, malware, hacking, privacy breaches and other cyber threats.

Our communications systems rely on space infrastructure including satellites, ground stations and data links. These assets are all vulnerable to cyber attacks. Therefore, cyber security specialists are critical to the space industry to ensure that data transmissions remain secure.

What you’ll need to know and do

Programming skills in a range of languages are essential to working in cyber security. Cyber security specialists also need to be able to run vulnerability and penetration tests and have a thorough understanding of computer networking and protection.

Your study pathway

There is no minimum study requirement to work as a cyber security specialist; however, there are many study options available.

Degrees in the following study areas may also be relevant to becoming a cyber security specialist:

  • computer science
  • cyber security
  • information technology
  • networking
  • software engineering.

Visit individual university websites for more information.

Key resources

Our key space career job roles and study pathways information is packaged up into downloadable PDFs that students, teachers or parents can easily browse through and keep as a handy reference.

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Careers in space booklet

Our space career booklet covers all the space careers we talk about online, and can be downloaded by students, teachers or parents to read, share or use in the classroom.


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