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 top 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 University, Chennai.
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. I was
also an active participant in hostel Badminton team during college days.
As a part of my curriculum, I did a project titled
“Virtual Private Network implementation” in third year. It included a
demonstration on internet privacy and data protection. The project received
positive reception from my department faculties. My final-year project was on Near
Field Communication using Arduino to establish a peer-to-peer (P2P) network for
exchanging data. 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)
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, 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 opinion.
After perusing through many university websites, I
feel that 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.
The MEng program in Concordia will be an opportunity
to work under the supervision of ad ept professors and compete with
international students from all around the globe, which will prepare me to meet
the challenges in the real world. 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. I aim to establish best practices and
oversee enterprises from its conception to completion. 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 utmost
justice to my admission.