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Hashim Shamsi

Hashim Shamsi

"The best thing about the programme is that it is all relatable to industry and the real world of work. Every piece of theory you learn is backed up by engaging practical labs."

Course
Information Security MSc

Technology is used in every aspect of our lives, but security is often overlooked, and when vulnerabilities are exploited, they can sometimes have devastating consequences. Last year’s NHS cyber attack crippled systems, possibly putting patient lives in danger. I want to be part of a secure future by preventing attacks such as this one, or worse, from happening.

During my undergraduate degree in Electronic Engineering at Surrey, I was introduced to security fundamentals and began to appreciate how engineering systems are kept secure on the internet. I wanted to take this further so I decided to apply for the MSc in Information Security.

Many people asked me why I didn’t move to a different university for my MSc, but staying at Surrey felt like the most natural decision for me. There were several reasons for this: supportive lecturers who are willing to take time out to help you, world class research, industry links, and a broad range of student activities and societies. In addition, the MSc in Information Security is one of the few courses in the UK that is certified by GCHQ.

The best thing about the programme is that it is all relatable to industry and the real world of work. Every piece of theory you learn is backed up by engaging practical labs which allow you to further consolidate your skills. You also study non-technical modules in important topics like project management and security management, and get the chance to hear from leaders about their careers in information security.

The Department of Computer Science at Surrey has extensive facilities including a dedicated security lab. This is equipped with a number of virtual machines which enable students to test cyber security principles, attacks and defensive measures across different operating systems and conditions.

I’d advise anyone studying for a Masters at Surrey to engage as much as possible both with the course and with Surrey life in general by taking part in the many societies, sports and extracurricular activities on offer. I’m currently on the committee for the People and Planet society which organises events around campus focused on raising student awareness on sustainability issues and climate change. This experience has not only provided me with transferable skills, but also allowed me to make new friends. I’m also enrolled on a Global Graduate Award in Arabic which is a free course run by the University.

After my Masters, I’d like to continue developing my skills in cyber security, particularly in areas relating to networking and control systems. Whatever route I take, one thing is for certain: Surrey has provided a great kick start to my career in cyber security.

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