How has your HES experience helped you throughout your career journey? How do you expect it to impact your next steps? 

Embarking on the path to becoming the first graduate of Harvard Extension School’s cybersecurity master’s degree program marked a significant turning point in my life.

With a solid foundation built over 25 years in networking and security, I initially set out in 2021 intending to earn a graduate certificate. However, drawn by the intellectual challenge and the chance to formalize my extensive expertise, I committed to completing the entire program.

The curriculum proved demanding yet rewarding, with one course, “How to Measure, Assess, and Communicate Risk in Information Security,” taught by Professor Derek Brink, standing out as particularly transformative.

It wasn’t merely an educational experience but a revelation, reshaping my approach to risk management and strategic decision-making. This course provided theoretical knowledge and practical skills vital in the ever-changing realm of cybersecurity. The insights gained have greatly influenced my professional development, equipping me with a refined analytical framework to tackle complex security issues.

My journey at Harvard Extension School went beyond achieving a milestone; it acted as a catalyst for advancing my career. It reinforced the importance of continuous learning and adaptation in navigating the dynamic landscape of cybersecurity.

What’s something unexpected that you learned about Harvard?

I had no idea about the depth and collection held at the Art & Science Museum in Cambridge on campus.

What are you going to miss the most?

The other students!

Describe your Extension experience in one word.