Valentine Mairet

When I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering at TU Delft, I did not know what to do. I wanted something that would merge the technical and the business worlds together, but EIT or technical management masters were not what I was looking for. I wanted something with an even stronger societal impact and severe implications.

This is when I stumbled upon the Cyber Security specialisation of the Computer Science master. This program not only trains students to be technical experts of computer security, but also of the financial, ethical, legal, organisational and societal aspects of what it means to be "secure".

When you do Cyber Security, doors open to you without you having to make an effort. You get invited to big conferences organised by big companies like ING, Shell, or governmental institutions like the NCSC or the Ministry of Defence. Companies want you because you will have this certificate, which can literally save their assets!

As a Cyber Security student, you also get the opportunity to work for the best security companies in the Netherlands as your part-time job. I personally work at Fox-IT and I can tell you, it’s a great experience and a great push inside the security business.

Moreover, you get to actually hack stuff and play black hat if you participate to CTF events and forensics challenges!

People say “finish your MSc Computer Science degree and you have a job within the next month!” I prefer to tell you: “Hack your way through the Cyber Security specialisation and you have a job before you even start your second year!”

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