Meet Edwin Kairu; a Carnegie Mellon Alumni with over 5 years of experience in vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, and network forensics and malware analysis. He has worked in both the private and non-governmental sectors, having held several different positions at Deloitte & Touche, the World Bank and a global financial institution based in New York.
We met up with him to find out #whyCMU.
Q: What did you study at CMU?
Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM).
Q: Why did you choose CMU? What makes it unique?
I knew I wanted a career in cyber security from my early undergrad days and CMU was not only world renown for Information Technology, but also a top research institution.
Furthermore, CMU’s affiliation with the world’s premier CERT program and the fact that it offered a Master’s degree in my area of focus, was the final selling point for me.
Q: How did CMU impact your career?
Without the foundational training in network security and incident response I received at CMU, I literally would not have been able to carry out the duties at my first job as a security consultant.
The name recognition of a CMU degree also goes a long way in reassuring those I interact with professionally, that I have both the technical and analytical skills to do the job.
Q: Do you have any advice for people considering a Master’s degree?
Pursue it only if you’re truly passionate about the profession you hope it will lead you to. Obtaining a Masters from CMU is not for the faint of heart!
However, the sense of accomplishment, caliber of education, global recognition and career opportunities it will open up for you are well worth it.
Are you passionate about your profession?
Are you ready to make the commitment to work hard with everything you have got in you?
If so, then go here http://www.cmu.edu/rwanda/degree-program/index.html, to begin your application.