I studied at Wyedean School and Sixth Form where I took History, Maths, Computer Science and Physics for A Levels. My interest in cyber was sparked when I went on a CyberFirst Advanced residential course which I loved, so thought why not pursue cyber security as a career choice! I came to Gloucestershire College to start a Computing HNC (Level 4) and now a HND (Level 5) in Digital Forensics and Cyber Security.
In March 2021, I was lucky enough to be involved in a live event with CyNam. It was something that I wouldn’t normally put myself forward for but I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and I’m really pleased I did it! It was a great experience to meet so many industry leading employers.
During the CyNam student panel, we discussed the topic of data breaches and privacy loss. Climate change is a good way to visualise the problem of privacy loss as it’s something that will impact everyone all over the world. Everyone and anyone can lose privacy if they have personal data online. Just like how our weather is changing more drastically with climate change, privacy loss is happening more and more through security breaches as we’re using and trusting the internet more with the privacy of our data.
Unfortunately, I truly believe that no data is ever totally secure because there will always be vulnerabilities that can be found in any system. However, the best way to uphold the security of data is to make sure that the system’s security is maintained by constantly looking for these vulnerabilities and security issues so that we can stay one step ahead of a hacker.
The new cyber facilities at Gloucestershire College’s Cheltenham campus are amazing. We have our own dedicated space now for cyber and IT students. It’s got everything we could possibly need to give us the best experience here and prepare us for industry.
Our tutor, Michael, has a background in digital forensics. He doesn’t just teach the subject, he can give us real examples from his own experience of presenting forensic evidence in court cases and working within the cyber industry.
I am coming back to Gloucestershire College in September to complete my degree. By the end of next year, I will have a UWE Bristol BSc (Hons) Information Technology Degree and I’m looking forward to going on to have a career in cyber security.
If you have an interest in IT and problem solving, then definitely consider studying cyber.