From to their chagrin) from the second line. At


From a young age, I am fascinated by all things how it communicate be
it living or non-living things. Being a kid, I loved playing with the telephone
lines in my home and unwittingly listen in on my cousin’ discussions (much to
their chagrin) from the second line. At that time, Information flow from one
end to another, using a device seemed straight out of a fiction movie. 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 mix of communication and information technology in
the latest devices always intrigued me.

I completed my schooling from Sri.K.G.S HSS, Aduthurai wherein my core
subjects included 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
toward wireless communication technology even more. This incipient interest on
communication and the desire on technology deeply engraved me to do my bachelors
in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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I completed my schooling with good grades to join B.S. Adbur Rahman
University in Chennai for my undergraduate to carry out my childhood vision. I
wholeheartedly believe that my college provided me with the best possible
undergraduate education coupled with my first exposure to the fundamental
concepts of Networking and importance of maintaining confidentiality and
integrity while communicating. I found subjects such as computer and wireless
networking, data structures, and algorithms very appealing during my
undergraduation. In my third year, for the departmental symposium, I developed
a project titled “Network Interrupt and Packet Manipulation.” The project was
based on wireshark and other free proxy tools. This project was greatly
appreciated by my college faculty members, students, and external examiners. 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, INDIA”; 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) to be an information security analyst. I worked there for three
years. Post that, I moved on to the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation
(DTCC) with the same designation. 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 in information security analyst, 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 enabled
me to understand and appreciate 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 some time.

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 protect this information from the public
domain. This necessitates the need for such study. However, not many colleges
and educational institutions in India offer the aforesaid expertise, which is
what 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 of Canada 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
forward to be a part of the post-graduate program.

From the various educational institutions in Canada, I zeroed down to
the University of Concordia. Since I believe curriculum of Concordia would
groom and widen my skills on all aspects pertaining to informational security.
I committed myself full time to prepare for what this curriculum entails andi
will look forward to learning about the intricate nature of (and working
alongside my peers on) topics like Crypto-Protocol and Network Security

Post completion of my Masters, 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.