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Winter End of Term Blog Post

This term, I began to engage with cyber-security. My biggest takeaway so far has been that security is so much more than a software program, or a password, or any supposed safeguard from attack. Security is about analyzing an entire system of threats, risks and vulnerabilities, and learning how you can leverage available tools and experience to try and minimize likely damages as much as possible. There is an entire mindset associated with security, that revolves around breaking down systems, analyzing weak points, and constantly thinking about what could go wrong. I find it fascinating that many of the most common attacks, such as phishing, don’t even attempt to bypass the sophisticated firewalls that are expected to be in place, but simply trick a different part of the system to leaving the door wide open. I look forward to continuing my research and building experience in this riveting field.

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