Tue. Nov 24th, 2020


Real Simple

Being a cybersecurity engineer means being a guard. The world needs you.


I received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Technological University. Jawaharlal Nehru (JNTU) in India. My professors and professors always encouraged my hobby, and friends and fellow students supported me, created healthy competition and helped me. I am currently working as an Avast cyber security engineer.

But not everyone is so lucky with support – and girls, unfortunately, are the least likely. I want students not to be afraid to work in cybersecurity, so I prepared some tips for beginners.

How I got carried away with cybersecurity

I have been doing cybersecurity for eight years. It is very valuable to me that I work in an area that helps me find ways to deal with potential security threats and protect my loved ones. I work with different technologies, keep abreast of the latest software trends and know a lot about the inner workings of the worldwide network. 

We worked in teams, prepared presentations, talked about our projects, answered questions from the jury and audience. This also gave us the experience of public speaking and parsing our work. Work in a team taught me perfectly to defend my position, competently argue it, and constructively criticize opponents – calmly, without aggression.


How to become a professional

Find an area that interests you

First you need to decide in which cybersecurity industry you want to develop. Do you like working on servers and with internal applications? Then you can be a backend developer. Do you understand and are interested in user experience? You can try yourself as a UI engineer. See the big picture and love working on the architectures of entire systems? Then you will enjoy the responsibilities of a network engineer.

Having decided on this, you can begin to study the “technological stack” in which you will need to gain experience. Be sure to understand the basics of designing and developing effective programs well.

Design your personal project

It can be demonstrated in an interview. Such preparatory work will help to better understand the problems in the chosen field and prepare you for interviews.

I developed a “Knowledge Management System” for college. At my university, students over the years created a huge number of files with descriptions of their projects and other documents. They were all kept in the library, and other students did not have the opportunity to refer to previous studies from time to time. The whole huge knowledge bank accumulated over the years was inaccessible.

Therefore, I created a web portal where students could post their projects. Each user had a certain level and rights: student, professor, dean. Professors could view work, comment, leave feedback. The dean could approve or reject the project. The search function helped students search for previous projects by keywords.

Get additional education

  • Computer science courses in colleges and universities on topics of information systems and information technology security – for a deep academic approach;
  • Online courses will help you gain insight into space and technology.
  • Certification training to learn specific operating systems and software.

Study vacancies

See a list of job responsibilities and requirements. Thanks to this, you will understand well:

  • What to expect from a post
  • What technologies should you have experience and knowledge in?
  • What aspects of security / software and work need to be understood