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#GT21 MS in Cybersecurity

10 years down the line I envision myself teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts!

Rahul Saranjame, MS Cybersecurity21

Rahul Saranjame, MS Cybersecurity21

I hail from India and finished my Bachelor’s degree in Information and Communication Technology in 2017. I’m an avid reader, a history buff, and like cooking! My fascination with Cryptography started after reading Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress and I’ve relentlessly pursued advancements in computer security ever since. I worked for two years to get a taste of the tech industry and the need to cultivate a security mindset strengthened my resolve to pursue a Master’s degree. Getting into Georgia Tech was a dream come true and everything since then has been one adventurous ride! I owe everything to my parents for their unflinching support; this degree is as much theirs as it is mine.

Program Highlights: I remember being excited about the curriculum knowing it had courses from three different schools. Cybersecurity is not only about the technology, it is also about the people impacted by it. The classes I took from the Policy track really helped me understand why we do what we do. I also had the chance to work with Dr. Mustaque Ahamad. His guidance helped me develop a whole new perspective of looking at challenges. The courses, in general, were very well planned and I gained a lot of technical know-how especially from the Info Sec Lab. I’m glad I got such a holistic sense of security!

Parting Advice: It’s one of the best schools! Everyone here is going to be smart and it’s easy to get intimidated. Don’t let that deter you from reaching out for help. You can make a complete fool of yourself and it’ll be okay; you’re here to learn!

What’s Next: 10 years down the line I envision myself teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts! For now, I’m thrilled to step out in the real world and apply my skills. My time at Georgia Tech has taught me that we will always have new things to learn! 


The best thing for me was learning about policy and privacy courses. I have always focused on the technology side of security, and learning about the policy side of things opened my mind.

Apurv Singh Gautam, MS Cybersecurity21

Apurv Singh Gautam, MS Cybersecurity21

I come from Varanasi, India. I started my journey in cybersecurity when I was in 9th grade. I completed my bachelor’s in Information Technology back in India in 2019 and wanted to get into academic research in cybersecurity. Georgia Tech was my dream university, and getting into it and finishing two full years has been a hell of a ride. I got to grow a lot, both professionally and personally. Apart from academics, I love playing games and was part of Georgia Tech’s Rainbow Six team. I want to thank my parents and my friends who supported me in this journey.

Program Highlights: The program for cybersecurity at GT is excellent, with courses from various concentrations. The best thing for me was learning about policy and privacy courses. I have always focused on the technology side of security, and learning about the policy side of things opened my mind. I am very much into academic research, and I got a chance to be a part of a research group led by Prof. Paul Pearce. He guided me in every way possible for the entirety of my course. All the security courses had a practical focus that helped me tackle security interviews while job hunting.

Parting Advice: The only advice I would give is to talk to your professors. They are here to help and guide you. Don’t be afraid of asking questions of your professors. Sometimes, their help can change your life.

What’s Next: I am excited for my professional journey to start with my full-time job as a threat researcher. This will be my first job, and I am looking forward to the challenges and learning.