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A UAT Student’s Path in Network Security

David Shamas at UAT Shares His Personal Perspective on Network Security in a Tech-Centric World

The significance of cybersecurity has grown in the rapidly evolving field of technology. It is still important to be aware of cybersecurity even if your academic interests are not related to it. David S., a student at the University of Advancing Technology (UAT), can attest to this. He got interested in cybersecurity because of his family.

Thanks to a family member’s observations, David, who was pursuing a degree that might not have a direct connection to cybersecurity, found himself attracted into the complex coordination of this sector. For him, cybersecurity is more than just a catchphrase; it is a barrier preserving the confidentiality and security of his online data. Experiences like Facebook violating his cybersecurity by selling his personal data serve to emphasize this close connection.

Although David is not working on any cybersecurity-specific projects now, his technology degree shows that cybersecurity should be considered whenever any technological venture is undertaken. He uses password management software and a secure password generator as preventative measures to protect his online identity. He also uses messaging apps like Telegram and WhatsApp, which provide encryption for further security. David periodically increases his internet anonymity by using a VPN as well.

Regarding formal education in cybersecurity, David acknowledges that he has not read any books on the topic. But rather than relying solely on theoretical understanding, his practical approach to personal cybersecurity combines a variety of trustworthy instruments and practices.

David has also experienced dealing with phone frauds as another facet of digital security. His tactic is to either decline unknown calls or adopt a daring demeanor by pretending to be a local police station, which causes con artists to hastily hang up.

David still doubts the safety of his passwords despite his best attempts. He admits that there is a need to handle this matter, but he is ill-equipped to offer a safe answer. He takes aggressive measures to make up for this, sharing as little information as possible online and making sure that only material he feels comfortable making public is easily accessible.

David’s cybersecurity strategy is an example of how the field of digital safety in our globally networked society is constantly changing. Even while cybersecurity may not be his primary area of study, his experiences and actions demonstrate how crucial it is to include cybersecurity safeguards into all facets of our tech-driven existence. People like David are a perfect example of how important it is to maintain vigilance and develop sensible cybersecurity habits to handle the constantly evolving digital landscape as technology advances.

Interview Conducted by UAT Student Alexis Sloan, Connect and Learn more LinkedIn STEM for Kiddos Instagram @stem_for_kiddos

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University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona

Cybersecurity Program

UAT’s cybersecurity degrees are recognized for their excellence, with programs including undergraduate studies in Network Security, Network Engineering, and Technology Forensics, as well as a graduate program in Cyber Security. These programs are designed to propel graduates to the forefront of the industry, equipping them with the skills needed to become ethical hackers and cybersecurity professionals. The undergraduate Network Security degree emphasizes proactive techniques to protect information systems against potential exploitation, covering areas such as penetration testing and the development of exploits for identified vulnerabilities​​​​.

Business & Innovation Programs

UAT offers advanced degrees focusing on the intersection of technology and business, aiming to foster innovation and leadership skills. These include Business Technology, Technology Innovation, Technology Leadership, and Technology Studies, each designed to prepare students for leadership roles in technology-driven environments​​.

  • Business Technology (BS)
  • Technology Innovation (MS)
  • Technology Leadership (MS)
  • Technology Studies (BS)

Creation & Simulation Programs

For those interested in the creative aspects of technology, UAT offers degrees in Digital Maker and Fabrication, Human Computer Interaction, Robotics and Embedded Systems, and Virtual Reality. These programs are geared towards students looking to innovate in digital creation and simulation​​.

  • Digital Maker and Fabrication (BS)
  • Human Computer Interaction (BS)
  • Robotics and Embedded Systems (BS)
  • Virtual Reality (BS)

Alexis Sloan

Hi! My name is Alexis Sloan. I’m originally from Denver, Colorado but currently out in Tempe, Arizona attending The University of Advancing Technology getting a bachelors degree in network security and network engineering and in the future pursuing a masters in technology leadership. I have a project called STEM For Kiddos running, in GeekRho (student council) here on campus, President of Gardening Club, and anything else to keep me busy. From dying my hair to studying to crocheting at the end of the day I am happy to be here and have the opportunity to interview fellow students and bring awareness to others about cybersecurity. I hope you enjoy the insights from others within the blogs.