Kainos colleagues master new skills in cyber security


Kainos Graduation

Four employees from Kainos will graduate today (Thursday 14 December) with a Master’s in Applied Cyber Security.

Four employees from Kainos are celebrating as they graduate together from Queen’s University today with a Master’s in Applied Cyber Security.

The group completed their MSc in just one year while working and costs were covered by Kainos. They are now graduating with distinction and are equipped with new insights and knowledge which they can apply in their roles.

One of the students, David McGlade, first went to university over 20 years ago but says his experience at Queen’s has allowed him to get a deep learning in a new field.

He commented: “I was unsure of what it would be like to start with but I really loved it. We were based at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) in the Titanic Quarter, which was a great setting. The staff at Queen’s are at the top of their game, it was a great environment for learning.

“The MSc modules were extremely relevant to what we do in the IT industry, and therefore the things we learned made sense and were applicable. It was really fun as well. We learned how to detect network attacks, diagnose malware and understand how cryptography works.”

Working and studying was a challenge but David says it was all worthwhile and he is looking forward to putting his new skills to use.

David said: “Being honest, it was hard at first. I travel two to three days a week with work so I found myself spending a lot of time doing assignments in hotels, coffee shops or airports. You get used to surprisingly quickly though. You get a real sense of achievement in completing an assignment.

“I'm leading the cyber security capability in my company, Kainos, and this MSc has directly helped with that aspect of my job. I've already spoken at Digital Leaders and the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) conferences in Belfast and looking ahead I hope to spend some time in Boston and Washington DC on a Strengthening Cyber Security exchange programme.”

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