My security) based on the internal company change policy.

My interest in communication technology bloomed when I
visited a local radio station during my high school. I was captivated by the
way my science teacher Dandushri Pilavullakandi explained how the networks and
satellites work for sending signals and data for communication. This made me
realize the importance of technology and its role in our daily lives.

I did schooling from St.Montfort High School which is one
of the renowned schools in my town. Science subjects like Physics were my key
interest, as they helped me understand the basic foundational concepts of
technology. I performed well academically scoring 81.2% and earned an admission
into the electronics department of B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent University, Chennai.

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The modules of my undergraduate degree introduced me
to the core subjects such as Computer Networks, Network Analysis and Synthesis,
Computer Architecture, etc. In addition to syllabus, I gained introductory
knowledge on Security and Ethical Hacking from my department senior. I really
got excited when he shared few of his hacking methodology. After that I started
learning myself about the basics of security and vulnerabilities by reading
various forums and learned about freeware tools like Burp Suite, Fiddler, etc.
The wide, multifaceted span and instrumental role of information security in
our daily lives motivated me to contest in bug bounty during leisure time.

As a part of my curriculum, I did my final-year
project on Near Field Communication using Arduino to establish a peer-to-peer
(P2P) network for exchanging data. The project received positive reception from
my department faculties. In addition, I was also the executive member of IEEE student
branch at my university during the academic year 2011–2013. It was during this
tenure that I acquired enough confidence and inspiration to fulfill responsibilities
my family had on me. I secured first class in academics and along with my interpersonal
skills helped me land a job at a risk and consulting firm, named Aon Hewitt
during final year. After training, I was mapped into QA (Quality Assurance)
testing team.

At Aon, I volunteered for a meet-up event called
AON-Ithon to follow my hacking craze; the monthly event was conducted by the
information security team. Here, I exhibited my basic security knowledge and
interest which I gained, back university days. This was promptly appreciated by
a security lead, and I was offered a chance to move to my desired domain
(information security) based on the internal company change policy. It is then
my role as a security analyst began for clients like BNY Mellon and Best Buy. I
gained real-time knowledge on live projects and completed my certification on
“Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)”. During weekends, I attend local conferences
held in the city to keep myself updated with the latest developments in the

My education provided me the base to become a
successful software professional, and I was exposed to various streams in the
IT industry. Working as a security analyst for almost two years, I am ready to
move toward the next phase of life by pursuing a master’s degree.

Being a first-generation student in entire family, this
does not restrict me to go for graduate program. I believe a master’s degree
will help me grow individually in the security areas where I have limited
knowledge, as graduate school attracts groups of like-minded people with
similar interests in specific areas, and it is a perfect place to connect with faculty,
peers and alumni to acquire additional knowledge, insight, and diversity of

After perusing through many university websites, I
feel the program offered at your consortium accommodates my career needs the
best. Also studying in a richly diverse environment such as Canada will enable
me to become a truly global citizen. Moreover, it will be a cross-cultural
experience with an assortment of global exposure for a student like me who
comes from a small town in South India. The beautiful campus, outstanding
faculty, and wonderful state of Quebec itself are the factors that have
influenced my decision to pursue MEng in Concordia. Your program’s unique
internship assignment will further hone my skills and enable me to channel the
knowledge gained from the university experience toward the successful
completion of the degree.

On completion of my graduate studies, I set my sight
on utilizing my expertise into presenting international conferences in
information security and to become
an individual security researcher. My definite and long-term goal is to make
optimum use of my global experiences to start a training institute in my native
town. I would consider myself extremely fortunate to get an opportunity to
study at your university and will do justice to my admission.


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