Right from my childhood I amfascinated towards technology whichever communicates each other. Being a kid, Iloved playing with the telephone lines in my home and unwittingly listen to mycousin’ discussions with the help of Two-line phone. At that time, Informationflow from one end to another, using a device seemed straight out of a fictionmovie in my hallucination. By the time I reached my high school, cordlessphones and mobile phones started to make their mark en masse. This readilyavailable new wave of technology piled into me. More interestingly the mix ofcommunication and information technology in the latest devices always intriguedme.
I completed my schooling from Sri.K.G.S HSS wherein my core subjectsincluded computer science and physics introduced me gaining the fundamentalbasic concepts into computing and information technology in today’sperspective. This aspect in schooling made me to voluntarily provide my name toan industrial visit to BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) organized by myschool. I spent two days in the industrial visit which catalyzed my desiretowards wireless communication technology even more. This incipient interest oncommunication and the desire on technology deeply engraved me to do mybachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering.
With better high school grade, I joined an undergraduate program inB.S. Abdur Rahman University to carry out my childhood vision. I wholeheartedlybelieve that my college provided me with the best possible undergraduateeducation coupled with numerous exposures on fundamental concepts of Networkingand importance of maintaining confidentiality and integrity while communicatingdata’s. I found subjects such as computer and wireless networking, datastructures and its algorithms were appealing during my undergraduate. In mythird year, for the departmental symposium, I developed a project titled”Network Interrupt and Packet Manipulation” using Wireshark and other freeproxy tools.
It was greatly appreciated by my college faculty members, students,and external examiners. During my final year, I did a simulation project basedon virtual private networks titled “Dynamic TCP-IP/MPLS-based VPN overBroadband Dense Wave Division Multiplexer Ring.” This project was eventuallypresented as an IEEE paper in the “Tenth International Conference on Wirelessand Optical Communications Networks WOCN2013-Bhopal, INDIA”; this experienceprovided me the opportunity to collaborate and share knowledge with some of thebest minds in the industry.Given my sound academic knowledge, I wasrecruited by iNautix Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (a Bank of New York Mellon subs idiary)as an Information Security Analyst. I worked there for three years.
Post that,I moved on to the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) with thesame designation. Since both companies are part of the financial sector,securing data was of the utmost importance. Therefore, in order to keep myselfabreast with the latest advancement in information security, I completed twowell-recognized certificate courses called “Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)” and”Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)”. My four years of experience as an information security analyst enabledme to understand and appreciategreat 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 needto improve on my current skill sets to take my career to the next level. Aformal education in network and systems security as well as keeping in-tunewith the current advancements of technology globally will equip me with thedemands of this industry. This realization has prompted me to continue myacademic pursuits after being away from a formal academic setting for quitesome time. Information Securityin India is still at its nascent stages.
Large amounts of data are beingutilized by companies in India for various functions of day-to-daybusiness. It is vital to protect this information from the public domain. Thisnecessitates the need for further studies. However, not many educationalinstitutions in India offer the aforesaid expertise, which has prompted me tolook for options overseas.Canada has the reputation for having some of the best institutions forinformation security. Studying in a richly diverse environment of Canada willallow me the opportunity to interact and network with students from differentcountries and cultures. Therefore, I have chosen Canada as the place to pursuemy master’s degree.
To fulfill my dreams and ambitions, I am eagerly lookingforward to be a part of the post-graduate program.From the various educational institutions in Canada, I zeroed down tothe University of Concordia. SinceI believe curriculum of Concordia would groom and widen my skills on allaspects pertaining to informational security. I committed myself full time to prepare for whatthis curriculum entails andi will look forward to learning about the intricatenature of (and working alongside my peers on) topics like Crypto-Protocol andNetwork Security Post completion of my Masters, I wish to shine myself as a SecurityArchitect. Though my short-term goal is to explore the other areas in securitydomain where I haven’t had a chance to work, my long-term goal obviously is toestablish a RedTeam Security based firm in my country.