Emma Rigelsford

Information Technology student

Information Technology
Information Technology

Cyber Forensics and Information Security.

Defending Cyber Security by hunting Cyber Talent.

Emma Rigelsford wants to defend cyber security around the globe. That's why she decided on Murdoch as the place to get her experience and qualifications, in Cyber Forensics and Information Security.

“I was actually offered a scholarship at another university,” Emma says, “but I wanted to specialise in something security based. I don’t think my course is offered anywhere else at a standard this high.”

This year, Emma took advantage of the industry partnerships Murdoch University has in place to work on cyber security issues at national competitions and on projects. One of Emma's standouts was The Hackathon. She took part in an intensive thirty-hour security competition, where students were tasked with scenarios that required them to develop viable business solutions for event sponsors – real businesses and technology providers.

Emma was also accepted into the Murdoch team that came fourth nationally at the 2015 Cyber Security Challenge. CySCA is the only country-wide cyber security competition, set up by the Federal Government, businesses and tertiary institutions to scout for the next generation of Australian cyber security talent.

“We competed against other teams, both nationally and internationally, and had to stay up for twenty-four hours to complete the challenge,” Emma explains.

I want to work in information security on an international level. I don’t think any other university gives you the real-world experience in such a specific field of cyber security.

CySCA gives tertiary students the opportunity to showcase their tech skills in front of the country’s leading employers in cyber security. And Emma’s skills haven’t gone unnoticed. She’s been hand-selected selected by CySCA for its mentoring program, and will travel to Canberra to meet Australian Government cyber security professionals, tour Parliament House, and visit the National Security College and Australian Cyber Security Centre. She’ll also receive a year’s worth of career mentoring from women in government and CySCA sponsors.

“Murdoch's giving me a lot of practical experience,” Emma says. This is something she’s confident will help her land a dream job in cyber security; “It’s very, very specialised in my area” she reiterates.