Cyber security has emerged as a high in-demand and exciting career option in the last few years, thanks to penetration of internet in our daily lives as an essential commodity. The constant efforts being made to secure our online data have given birth to various career opportunities for cybersecurity enthusiasts. In a bid to encourage students to make a career in this hot field, Internshala Trainings has launched Hack-a-thon, an ethical hacking contest. The contest will be open for enrollments until 6th February 2019.
In this contest, students will get to learn ethical hacking from scratch through a 6-week online training. The highlight of the training is a virtual lab consisting of several real like live websites where students will get to perform security audits and find vulnerabilities. The students will be required to make a project report at the end of the training. In addition to becoming a Certified Ethical Hacker, the top 3 performers stand a chance to win cash prizes worth 65,000 rupees.
On the launch of Hack-a-thon, the founder and CEO of Internshala, Sarvesh Agrawal said, “As new websites and mobile applications explore on the scene everyday and with so much of our data being store online and financial transactions happening online, the world needs more and more security researchers to keep the internet safe for everyone. Through this contest, we are encouraging students to pursue a career in this niche and high in-demand field.” He further added, “Ethical hacking is a fun to learn skill and opens up a profusion of opportunities for the students”.
About the Author: Ankush Sharma is pursuing B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun. He joined Internshala Trainings for learning Android and shares how this decision transformed his life.
Demolition, desperation, and depression. These three words became synonymous with my life after the first year of college. Being a computer science student with absolutely no coding background meant that I needed to put in double the efforts. However, when it came to coding, I failed thrice in exams and got backlogs in subjects like Programming, Data Structures, and Advanced Programming. I had virtually given up on coding and wanted to quit the stream for some other option. Amidst such depression, I stumbled upon Android. It fascinated me, but I knew I could not do anything as my programming basics were not clear. When all seemed lost, I came to know about Internshala Trainings through a friend. At first, I didn’t bother about any training, but there was something eerily soothing about the UI of the website which compelled me to try it once. I had some money saved and invested it in the Android winter training.
The training was divided into 4 modules, each having a test of its own. Projects like making an Android calculator app were also included for a rigorous training regime. I started off quite slow, learning and practicing the basics of Java first and later moving to Android. I was also attending summer classes at the college, studying to clear my backlogs. I had always thought that I could do any free course online or watch videos on YouTube – after all, everywhere on the internet, the content would be same. Boy, could I BE any more wrong! Internshala had a tailored content for learning. It started with focusing on all the basics and then gradually escalated, covering everything that any beginner needed. It answered many questions and doubts that I had for a long time. Slowly but steadily, the training helped me improve my coding and also helped in understanding the concepts being taught in the summer classes.
The flexibility offered by an online training was another advantage. I could study for as long as I wanted according to my own schedule which helped me in managing the college work. Moreover, the free Placement Preparation Training gave many handy interview tips and also taught me the intricacies of writing impressive cover letters. The provided support was also great. Whenever I faced any problems, I used to shoot messages or emails to them and the response was always quick. I was glad that this was not another money-hogging website which doesn’t care about you once the fee is paid. The support team genuinely cared and helped me at every step.
In short, this training changed my life. The same coding which was leading me into dark became my lightsaber (laser sword)! (Yeah, okay. Even Jedi knows I’m a geek!). I topped all my backlog exams of coding and within 2 months of completing the training, I developed two apps which are available on Play Store. After successfully developing the first app, my interest in coding increased significantly.
I started devoting a lot of hours on this regularly and topped the subsequent exams in the next semester! I started getting noticed for my coding skills and even got offers to work with a couple of startups. Now, I have also done Internshala’s IoT training and added yet another skill in my arsenal.
Thank you, Internshala, for being my guiding light. I owe my success to the boost that you gave.
Courtesy: Sarvesh Agrawal is the founder and CEO of Internshala, an internships and trainings platform (internshala.com)