New role for UWTSD Computer Networks and Cybersecurity graduate


Congratulations to Computer Networks and Cybersecurity graduate Shay Friel, who has a new role as a Security Engineer & Analyst at MotoNovo in Cardiff.

Shay Friel, a Computer Networks and Cybersecurity graduate, has a new role as Security Engineer & Analyst at MotoNovo in Cardiff.

As part of the 'blue' cybersecurity team, Shay will be responsible for the operation of a range of cyber security enforcement technologies and the analysis of their output to identify indicators of compromise.

Shay said "Studying at UWTSD was great, the staff were supportive and the course I completed gave me plenty of opportunities to explore the right avenues. I had a difficult first year at UWTSD, and needed to change the direction of my studies, but thanks to the range of computer courses provided by the university, they helped me switch to the course that suited me the most and provided me with key skills to pursue a cybersecurity career.

"My course provided us with a range of different modules every year, giving us students the opportunities to explore other avenues, as well as networking and cybersecurity. However, I knew I wanted to pursue a cybersecurity career, so I based my final year project on the topic and this helped me massively in the interview stages, so my advice to future students is to link your final year project with a future career and don’t just choose an easy project!

I love computing because there is no limit to learning, the most highly technical computer jobs have huge responsibilities. The world relies on technology and its' data, so it is a big responsibility when you work in critical computer sections such as networking and cybersecurity.”

Dr Kapilan Radhakrishnan, Academic Director of Applied Computing said: "Shay joined us in the School of Applied Computing but found his first course choice was not a good-fit, but he did not give up and spoke to me about his interest in cybersecurity and desire to pursue a career in that field. Our programme structure allows students to transfer from one pathway to another if students feel the course is not the right one for them. Over the next three years, Shay worked extremely hard to graduate with a first. I am delighted that Shay has a job in the Cyber Security field, especially during these difficult times. It is testimony to his hard work, and reflects the quality of computing graduates that UWTSD produces every year. Congratulations to Shay, and we wish him great success in his new role."

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