Right from my childhood I am
fascinated towards technology whichever communicates each other. Being a kid, I
loved playing with the telephone lines in my home and unwittingly listen to my
cousin’ discussions with the help of Two-line phone. At that time, Information
flow from one end to another, using a device seemed straight out of a fiction
movie in my hallucination. By the time I reached my high school, cordless
phones and mobile phones started to make their mark en masse. This readily
available new wave of technology piled into me. More interestingly the blend of
communication and information technology in the devices always intrigued me.
I completed my schooling from Sri.K.G.S HSS wherein my core subjects
include computer science and physics introduced me gaining the fundamental
basic concepts into computing and information technology in today’s
perspective. This aspect in schooling made me to voluntarily provide my name to
an industrial visit to BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) organized by my
school. I spent two days in the industrial visit which catalyzed my desire
towards wireless communication technology even more. This incipient interest on
communication and the desire on technology deeply engraved me to do
undergraduate program in Electronics and Communication Engineering.
With better high school grade, I joined bachelor degree in B.S. Abdur
Rahman University to carry out my childhood vision. I wholeheartedly believe
that my college provided me with the best possible undergraduate education
coupled with numerous exposures on fundamental concepts of Networking and
importance of maintaining confidentiality and integrity while communicating data’s.
I found subjects such as computer and wireless networking, data structures and
its algorithms were appealing during my undergraduate. In my third year, for
the departmental symposium, I developed a project titled “Network Interrupt and
Packet Manipulation” using Wireshark and other free proxy tools. It was greatly
appreciated by my college faculty members and students. In my final year, I did
a simulation project based on virtual private networks titled “Dynamic
TCP-IP/MPLS-based VPN over Broadband Dense Wave Division Multiplexer Ring.”
This project was eventually presented as an IEEE paper in the “Tenth
International Conference on Wireless and Optical Communications Networks
WOCN2013-Bhopal”; this experience provided me the opportunity to collaborate
and share knowledge with some of the best minds in the industry.
Given my sound academic knowledge, I was
recruited by iNautix Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (a Bank of New York Mellon
subsidiary) as an Information Security Analyst. I worked there for three years.
Post that, I moved on to the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC)
to grow myself. Since both companies are part of the financial sector, securing
data was of the utmost importance. Therefore, in order to keep myself abreast
with the latest advancement in information security, I completed two well-recognized
certificate courses called “Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)” and “Offensive
Security Certified Professional (OSCP)”.
My four years of experience as an information security analyst educated
me great deal about application penetration testing, static code analysis,
handling clients, and dealing with complex situations in a sensitive manner.
Although I have learnt a lot on the job, I believe that there is still a need
to improve on my current skill sets to take my career to the next level. A
formal education in network and systems security as well as keeping in-tune
with the current advancements of technology globally will equip me with the
demands of this industry. This realization has prompted me to continue my
academic pursuits after being away from a formal academic setting for quite
Information Security in India is still at its nascent stages. Large
amounts of data are being utilized by companies in India for various functions
of day-to-day business. It is vital to safeguard this information from exploits.
This necessitates the need for such study. However, not many educational
institutions in India offer the aforesaid expertise, which has prompted me to
look for options overseas.
Canada has the reputation for having some of the best institutions for
information security. Studying in a richly diverse environment will allow me
the opportunity to interact and network with students from different countries
and cultures. Therefore, I have chosen Canada as the place to pursue my
master’s degree. To fulfill my dreams and ambitions, I am eagerly looking my
way to be a part of the graduate program.
From the various educational institutions, I zeroed down to University
of Concordia as I believe the curriculum of MEng would groom and widen my
skills on all aspects pertaining to information security. I committed myself
full time to prepare for what this curriculum entails and I look forward to
learn about the intricate nature of (and work alongside my peers on) topics
like Crypto-Protocol and Network Security.
Post completion of my studies, I wish to shine myself as a Security
Architect. Though my short-term goal is to explore the other areas in security
domain where I haven’t had a chance to work, my long-term goal obviously is to
establish a RedTeam Security based firm in my country.