How I Went from Knowing Nothing About Cybersecurity to Championing Its Cause
Date of Publish: 5 December 2019
With almost no background in technology, I took a big risk when I decided to apply for Diploma in Infocomm Security Management at Singapore Polytechnic (SP). But I have never regretted that decision because my struggles have made my journey richer.
GOING FROM CYBER IGNORANT TO CYBER AWARE
BC: I became passionate about cyber awareness when my appointment as a cyber wellness ambassador in secondary school required me to research on cyber safety and cyber hygiene, and share these knowledge with my schoolmates. My interest was further piqued after coming across terms like cyber wargaming at a career talk later. After O levels, uncertain about my next step, I took a leap of faith and applied for Diploma in Infocomm Security Management at SP.
SEEING THE NEED TO MARRY CYBERSECURITY AND PSYCHOLOGY CONCEPTS
BC: While the thrill of hacking into a machine and the ideation of solutions to solve cybersecurity issues excite me, I am more fascinated by humans role in cybersecurity because all it takes is for one person to click on a phishing link to compromise the best cyber defence solution. And after taking a Diploma-plus in Applied Psychology, I am even more convinced about the importance of user education; the variable administrators have least control over.
HOPING TO SHARE MY EXPERIENCE WITH JUNIORS
BC: I have been involved in the Youth Cyber Exploration Programme for two years now. I am touched to see so many secondary school students sacrificing their holiday to attend the programme. It speaks volumes of their hunger to learn and interest in cybersecurity. That is how I came to start a still-to-be-named community; I was inspired by their passion and potential. I also wanted to help youths like me by providing them with a platform to explore and learn cybersecurity concepts together. More information on this community will be shared towards the end of 2019.
GIVING ADVICE ABOUT DOING WELL IN CYBERSECURITY
BC: Given that I had little tech knowledge when I entered my course and I can do it, I am sure anyone who puts their heart to it can do just as well. Technology today is moving so fast that a patch today could be an exploit tomorrow. Hence, no educational institution can fully prepare you for a career in cybersecurity: diligence, perseverance and passion to learn more every day is key.