Vishnupriya Thirumalai studied computer science in India before she decided to pursue further studies in information security at RMIT.
Master of Applied Science (Information Security and Assurance)
I was always attracted to cryptography and the elaborate ways in which secrets were shared.
I studied a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Science) in Chennai, India.
One of the reasons for choosing computer science for my undergraduate degree was to understand how computers shape our lives. I also wanted to contribute to the future of this ever-changing field. When I completed my Engineering degree, I discovered an interest in information security and wanted to pursue further study.
I was always attracted to cryptography and the elaborate ways in which secrets were shared. I read about cryptography for the first time in a Dan Brown novel, Digital Fortress. It sparked my curiosity and by the time I finished engineering I knew I wanted to study information security.
While some universities offer intense technical courses, others offer a very small specialisation within a computer science degree. The well-structured program at RMIT includes a good mix of management and technical courses so it was an easy decision for me.
One of the best things about studying at RMIT is the connections I have made. RMIT’s mentoring program and the industry night in my School have been very useful, with opportunities to interact with industry experts in the field.
My knowledge about the field has increased tremendously in the past year. I have learnt to manage deadlines well and my analytical know-how has been boosted resulting in improved problem solving skills.
Postgraduate study is a great way to build on the knowledge acquired during your undergraduate study. It’s certainly the right choice if you want to specialise in a particular field. In my opinion, the best time for postgraduate study is when you have experience and know exactly where you want to be in the industry.
Information Security roles change often but I believe my degree will help me get to know the industry and face challenging roles. I want to interact with the best information security experts in the field.
I am motivated, helpful and responsible and I love what I do because it gives me a sense of purpose and it makes me happy.