My interest in communication technology bloomed when Ivisited a local radio station during my high school. I was captivated by theway my science teacher Dandushri Pilavullakandi explained how the networks andsatellites work for sending signals and data for communication. This made merealize the importance of technology and its role in our daily lives.
I did schooling from St.Montfort High School which is oneof the renowned schools in my town. Science subjects like Physics were my keyinterest, as they helped me understand the basic foundational concepts oftechnology. I performed well academically scoring 81.2% and earned an admissioninto the electronics department of B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent University, Chennai.The modules of my undergraduate degree introduced meto the core subjects such as Computer Networks, Network Analysis and Synthesis,Computer Architecture, etc.
In addition to syllabus, I gained introductoryknowledge on Security and Ethical Hacking from my department senior. I reallygot excited when he shared few of his hacking methodology. After that I startedlearning myself about the basics of security and vulnerabilities by readingvarious forums and learned about freeware tools like Burp Suite, Fiddler, etc.The wide, multifaceted span and instrumental role of information security inour daily lives motivated me to contest in bug bounty during leisure time.As a part of my curriculum, I did my final-yearproject on Near Field Communication using Arduino to establish a peer-to-peer(P2P) network for exchanging data. The project received positive reception frommy department faculties. In addition, I was also the executive member of IEEE studentbranch at my university during the academic year 2011–2013. It was during thistenure that I acquired enough confidence and inspiration to fulfill responsibilitiesmy family had on me.
I secured first class in academics and along with my interpersonalskills helped me land a job at a risk and consulting firm, named Aon Hewittduring final year. After training, I was mapped into QA (Quality Assurance)testing team.At Aon, I volunteered for a meet-up event calledAON-Ithon to follow my hacking craze; the monthly event was conducted by theinformation security team. Here, I exhibited my basic security knowledge andinterest which I gained, back university days. This was promptly appreciated bya 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 thenmy role as a security analyst began for clients like BNY Mellon and Best Buy. Igained real-time knowledge on live projects and completed my certification on”Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)”. During weekends, I attend local conferencesheld in the city to keep myself updated with the latest developments in thefield.
My education provided me the base to become asuccessful software professional, and I was exposed to various streams in theIT industry. Working as a security analyst for almost two years, I am ready tomove toward the next phase of life by pursuing a master’s degree. Being a first-generation student in entire family, thisdoes not restrict me to go for graduate program.
I believe a master’s degreewill help me grow individually in the security areas where I have limitedknowledge, as graduate school attracts groups of like-minded people withsimilar interests in specific areas, and it is a perfect place to connect with faculty,peers and alumni to acquire additional knowledge, insight, and diversity ofopinion.After perusing through many university websites, Ifeel the program offered at your consortium accommodates my career needs thebest. Also studying in a richly diverse environment such as Canada will enableme to become a truly global citizen. Moreover, it will be a cross-culturalexperience with an assortment of global exposure for a student like me whocomes from a small town in South India. The beautiful campus, outstandingfaculty, and wonderful state of Quebec itself are the factors that haveinfluenced my decision to pursue MEng in Concordia. Your program’s uniqueinternship assignment will further hone my skills and enable me to channel theknowledge gained from the university experience toward the successfulcompletion of the degree.
On completion of my graduate studies, I set my sighton utilizing my expertise into presenting international conferences ininformation security and to becomean individual security researcher. My definite and long-term goal is to makeoptimum use of my global experiences to start a training institute in my nativetown. I would consider myself extremely fortunate to get an opportunity tostudy at your university and will do justice to my admission.