Taking the Master in Information Technology – Information Security was a very good decision. It took me a lot of effort and hours to complete it, but it was worth it. Now that I have returned to my company, I was able to choose a project amongst multiple interesting and challenging ones. I am much more motivated and working on something directly related to the master program, so it definitely improved my personal and professional life.
This master provided me with the knowledge to clearly understand the security details in security technologies, while experiencing cutting edge innovative security concepts. The hard work and intense rhythm pays off in the end with a broad and solid information security know-how. This solid information security know-how opens the path for new professional challenges.
Thanks to this program, I feel prepared to face the challenges that lie ahead for myself and the new web security team that I started within my company. One of my goals is to pass some of the knowledge I have gained in this program to my colleagues and hope to foster their interest for security.
Studying in this information security program meant a lot to me. Since I came from China, not only did I have the opportunity to approach security and explore new perspectives in information security, but I also experienced a different country and its culture. The security program provided me with tough tasks, which prepared me very well for my future career. It was worthwhile!
The high standards and demand of this master have broadened my perspective on Information Security, not only because of all the knowledge imparted on the subject but also because of the information acquired trough research and development processes. In my professional life I became able to make more confident and informed decisions about IT Security, which led me to assume wider responsibilities at my job. Completing this Master was a challenge and a hard task. However, the continued daily work gets us so involved that learning becomes a natural consequence.
When I decided to take this master, my only thought was on the advantages it would give me compared to my fellow students at LEI (Licenciatura em Engenharia Informática) since I would have both a master from FCUL and CMU. I see now that I was short-sighted on the advantages. The intense rhythm I was subject to made me more productive, I have found the topic of security to be very interesting and needed in our days, and it opened many doors in my recently started professional life. Best decision I could have taken!
This programme provided me with the opportunity to learn Information Security, from the practical applications to the underlying theoretical basis. Studying in a highly demanding environment developed both my soft and hard skills. Being exposed to the programme high standards, discussing current state-of-knowledge technologies, and methodologies, helped shaping my approach to the ever changing field of Information Security with confidence and structure. When I joined the programme I was trying to change my career, I can surely say that this experience changed my life.”