an undergraduate student, finding an internship was a herculean task anyone went
through before the summer break. I become very happy when I received an email
offering me an internship opportunity at the ‘so called’ company and willingly
gave out all my credentials including my visa card information. As innocent as
I was, my meager monthly allowance was at the mercy of these thieves. Prior to
that incident I’d heard of security breaches into accounts of individuals and
prominent financial companies, but as a lay man I shrugged and figured this
wasn’t my problem. After going through the frustration of blocking my visa
account and changing all my passwords, I wouldn’t wish for any of junior
undergraduate students to go through the same ordeal. Through this experience I
have developed extreme interest in how information can be undermined and put me
on the quest to stop this canker and the main reason my I want to pursue my
graduate studies in Cybersecurity.
first real introduction to Computer Security was my eighth semester in my
undergraduate studies. With fundamental concepts such as different types and
motives of hackers with an extension look at the TCP/IP model and how to
exploit it excited my interest in cybersecurity. In order to learn more about
the field, I decided to take the CCNA Security certification. As a prerequisite
for the certification I had to take the CCNA Routing and Switching
certification. I successfully completed the CCNA Routing and Switching
certification and currently making preparations to take the CCNA Security certification
to top up my knowledge in Computer security from my Bachelor degree in Computer
Science. In order to have practical insights into Network Security had the
opportunity to intern at a medium sized ISP and worked as a NOC Engineer which
equipped me with the relevant skills in troubleshooting enterprise networks and
mitigating security threats. Obtaining a First Class Honors has earned me a
role as Teaching and Research Assistant at Department of Computer Science at
the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology as a service to my
country. As part of my voluntary service, I organized a cisco boot camp for my
students to train and give them hands on experience with simulations in
computer networking to in order for themto have a practical feel of what they
are taught in class.
my home country is moving into a digital age with the introduction of digitized
and information systems. With the advent of these new technologies in Ghana,
any person with malicious intent can hack into any of these databases and cause
harm. A further study of cybersecurity will help me amass the necessary skills
to help implement robust security policies and secure industry practices to
help combat cybercrimes in the future as my patriotic duty.
to acquire these skills, I’d like to study at a reputable university as yours
with diversity in culture and experienced faculty members in my chosen field of
study. It is no secret that University of Electronic Science and Technology of
China has cutting edge research and state of the laboratories. Located at
Chengdu, the center for science, Technology and culture, I have no doubt in
acquiring the necessary skills to achieve my goal of becoming an information
security expert since many top
of the top notch enterprises such as Motorola, Siemens, Intel, and Microsoft
take root here,establishing their factories and research bases.
characterized by its leisure lifestyle of its civilian residents, will enable a
serene and conducive atmosphere both for learning and socializing. Taking all these factors into
consideration I would like to apply to your university as a prospective student
and hope that given the opportunity I would enhance the university’s reputation
in addition to my own professional pursuits.
you for taking the time to review my application.
Afari Kobina Arhin.