How would you describe your SECCLO studies? My first and second year at SECCLO were really amazing. All SECCLO students experienced the first year together at Aalto University, which created a strong bond and friendships among fellow students. Aalto University also provided a very welcoming environment for international students, with many activities and student services. Meanwhile, my second year at EURECOM was also a great experience. The courses were beneficial and exciting. The professors and the universities also helped us to find an internship and thesis positions, which opened up lots of opportunities ahead.
In your opinion, what are the advantages of studying in SECCLO? We got to learn computer security directly from the experts. The professors at SECCLO are among the best in the field. The courses offered are beneficial and inspiring for the student, especially to pursue a career in computer security field, which is a very demanding field.
What would you like to say to a potential SECCLO applicant considering their choices? If you are interested in software engineering, learning computer security can increase your bar higher than typical software engineers. Computer security is an important field, albeit neglected by most. Many people regard computer security as too challenging to learn. However, SECCLO programme taught the students all the necessary skills we need to know in well-delivered courses and classes. Hence, SECCLO is the best programme if you seek a tremendous future potential in the technology industry.
In your opinion, what are the advantages of studying in SECCLO? In my opinion there are both professional and social advantages to the SECCLO programme. The professional advantage is a broad career perspective. According to my knowledge, almost everyone from my batch got several internship and full-time job offers because of the emerging need for qualified engineers and researchers in the field of security and cloud computing. In addition to that, our professors and coordinators shared some good advice on securing a place for the Master thesis projects during the summer internship, organizing company networking events and preparing us for the Nordic work culture. As for the second advantage, I would say that I have never seen so many talented and interesting people in one programme. We worked in teams a lot, so after I spent a lot of time with my SECCLO classmates, I became friends with all of them!
What would you like to say to a potential SECCLO applicant considering their choices? Potential SECCLO applicants may worry about how demanding SECCLO studies are or what their job prospects are after graduation. As a recent alumna of the programme, I can say that they shouldn’t worry about either one of these issues! The education system is built in such a way that you don’t need to memorize, but rather think and understand. Of course, we studied a lot during the two-year programme, but overall, computer science and especially security are fields whereyou need to learn and develop constantly. After gaining such a mindset, there are no boundaries in finding a place to work after the SECCLO programme, because you will know your strengths, professional goals and dreams.
I am currently a Backend Software Engineer at Tink in Stockholm, Sweden. My work focuses on building a PaaS for financial institutes and banks across Europe. I can say I definitely benefit from my knowledge of application security at my work a lot, since the security in the fintech industry is significant.
How would you describe your SECCLO studies? During the first year of SECCLO, there was a broad range of subjects, both security-oriented and cloud-related, which we needed to have a solid background in. While some courses were more challenging than others, I enjoyed every single course I took. I studied a lot during the first year. Still, I also traveled a lot and became friends with almost everyone on the campus. By living in Otaniemi student campus, I got to participate in the constant events and social activities organized by the student chapters (guilds as they are called in Finland).
At the end of our first year, we had a chance to travel to the stunningly beautiful Trondheim for an intense summer school on blockchains and cryptocurrencies. It was busy, tiring, and very challenging, but amazing in every way. We all ate our meals together and experienced Norwegian culture. The best part was the never-ending sunshine. It was sunny all the way until midnight.
My summer internship took place in NIXU, a security consultancy firm, which helped me learn about the Finnish working life. I could really see the knowledge I gained translate into actual work in the industry. Also, I was lucky to be able to take part on their annual convention in Estonia. There I could see a lot of people as passionate about security as I am.
As for the second year of my programme, I went to KTH in Sweden and worked on my Master’s thesis project at Ericsson. Most of my courses in KTH were practical and hands-on, which let me do a lot of individual learning. The thesis took most of my time, and I found coordinating my work between multiple universities and an industry partner challenging but ultimately rewarding.
Overall, the academic curriculum, administrative procedure, and professional and personal growth from the program are incredible. I wholeheartedly recommend SECCLO to students with a passion for security and cloud.
In your opinion, what are the advantages of studying at SECCLO? In my opinion, the best part of the SECCLO programme is the deep industry cooperation and focusing on real-life practical challenges rather than teaching too much theory. We didn’t have any issues finding a summer internship in Finland due to the university’s broad network, referral of NordSecMob (SECCLO predecessor) students, and well-organized administrative processes. The studies are organized so that a person is responsible for their own tempo and can ask for help from professors if needed. Most importantly, professors at Aalto and KTH enjoy their work and are happy to provide students with more advanced materials. Moreover, after the end of my first year, I clearly understood if I wanted to focus on research or industry based on my personal and professional goals. That is truly an amazing aspect about this programme.
What would you like to say to a potential SECCLO applicant considering their choices? The time that I spent during SECCLO was definitely a great time to grow professionally and personally. If a person is genuinely interested in applying to SECCLO, I recommend starting the application process as early as possible. Start preparing your documents from October. Write a genuine motivation letter. Follow the guidelines on the website and do not miss the deadlines. SECCLO is a programme worth the effort. If you are selected, you will have two wonderful years. You’ll meet amazing people and never regret it.
I am currently working as a Junior Site Reliability Engineer at SEBx, a part of SEB bank in Sweden. My work focuses on security configurations, so I bring a security perspective to my team with my understanding of threat modeling and network security.
How would you describe your SECCLO studies? These two years have helped me develop a lot, both professionally and personally. And the best part of the journey has been the people: meeting some of the best experts in the field, getting to know people from other cultures and making friends for life is what made it unforgettable.
In your opinion, what are the advantages of studying in SECCLO? The environment at the universities in general and among SECCLO students in particular is very diverse. My friends and classmates come from almost all continents and have different backgrounds. One has 10 years of work experience, while the other comes straight from their Bachelor’s, one enjoys competing in Capture The Flags, while the other has never done any hacking but has incredible math skills. I believe the programme has enough flexibility for each individual to focus on what interests them the most, gain the skills they lack, and strengthen their strengths.
What would you like to say to a potential SECCLO applicant considering their choices? To people hesitating about joining the programme, I absolutely encourage to take that step. You will have your highs and lows, but you will definitely grow a lot. At the end, the programme will give you an immense range of career opportunities, be it cybersecurity or software engineering in any country or an academic career at a top-rated university.
Why did you decide to join SECCLO? In the final year of my Bachelor’s, I became enthusiastic about many computer security courses. So much so that I wanted to delve in deeper in my Master’s. I had also always wanted to visit and live in the Nordic countries of Europe. SECCLO was the perfect fit.
How would you describe your SECCLO studies so far? For me, SECCLO immediately started off by forming great bonds with the other students. We went into the first semester eagerly, interested in all the topics we would discuss. And there was plenty to research and dabble in. Group projects, hackathons, and technical talks. The second semester was characterized by work from home. I finished up the last couple of courses and started working with Ericsson as a research intern. Now that I am in Stockholm, following courses and projects at KTH, I relive the same excitement for the topics I encounter and the research groups I meet!
In your opinion, what are the advantages of studying in SECCLO? SECCLO’s main advantage is the amazing network of international students and researchers that surrounds it! I have enjoyed the feeling that I am becoming part of a top-notch world of technological and scientific advancement.
Why did you decide to join SECCLO? I’m interested in the security and cloud computing field, and the SECCLO curriculum looked super interesting to me. The scholarship was also really attractive because it helped me and my family to avoid the financial burden of studying. Having the opportunity to be surrounded by brilliant people coming from all around world is also a big motivation. Moreover, the partner universities all have high academic reputation which I believe ensures the quality of the programme (and it has been proven true:)).
In your opinion, what are the advantages of studying in SECCLO? I think one of the biggest advantages is that we have the chance to explore different cultures, either through meeting new friends from different countries, or by having the chance to study in two different universities. It has really broadened my horizons. Another big advantage for me regarding the courses is that most of the courses we had in Aalto were project-based, which means you learn by doing. I really liked it and learned a lot through hands-on practices.
What would you like to say to a potential SECCLO applicant considering their choices? If you are interested in security and cloud related field, and you also love to explore the world, SECCLO is a great opportunity that you cannot miss.
Why did you decide to join SECCLO? Since starting my bachelor studies, I have been interested and engaged in system administration, cloud infrastructure and IT security. When I came I across the Security and Cloud Computing Master’s degree, I immediately knew this would be the right place for me. Additionally, the opportunity to study (and explore!) two different European countries was exciting to me.
In your opinion, what are the advantages of studying in SECCLO? Studying in the SECCLO programme exposes you to cutting-edge research in the topics of systems and security engineering, bright minds, friendly people and two European countries!
What would you like to say to a potential SECCLO applicant considering their choices? If you are interested in IT security and/or IT infrastructure, SECCLO is the right place for you. Not only will you receive excellent teaching which is real-world relevant, but you will also meet new friends and experience new countries.
Why did you decide to join SECCLO? I chose SECCLO mostly because of its specialization in cyber security and the well-built curriculum. Besides, the universities offering the programme are well-known in their countries, and I also had a chance to obtain the Erasmus Mundus scholarship to cover my expenses during the studies.
How would you describe your SECCLO studies so far? The courses I have studied so far in SECCLO have been really interesting and have helped me to strengthen my academic background in different technical aspects. The academic staff have always proven their expertise during the courses and offered great support for students. Besides, the summer school after the first year was fascinating as I had the opportunity to work together with passionate classmates to solve interesting hacking exercises. Last but not least, the internship was an excellent opportunity that allowed me to experience the working environment in a Finnish company and learn valuable practical skills.
Why did you decide to join SECCLO? I joined SECCLO because it had the most comprehensive computer security courses I could find.
How would you describe your SECCLO studies so far? Joining SECCLO was the best decision I could make. My first year in Finland was full of pleasant surprises, and Aalto University is a great place to study. The second semester took place remotely due to COVID-19, but SECCLO and Aalto staff ensured we had everything we needed to follow the lectures. Besides, the remote summer school was (still) a lot of fun!
In your opinion, what are the advantages of studying in SECCLO? By studying in SECCLO, you will be surrounded by brilliant minds from all over the world. Besides, Finland is a beautiful place and you get to spend your second year in another European country.
What would you like to say to a potential SECCLO applicant considering their choices? If you consider the partner universities, scholarships, internships, summer school, and if you want to study computer security in Europe, SECCLO is by far the best option.
Why did you decide to join SECCLO? Studying Masters was always in the back of my mind but after my Bachelor’s, life happened so fast that I worked for 5 years. I was working in the security field, but always felt that I needed to learn more. SECCLO gave me the opportunity to study further and the scholarship just took the extra pressure off my mind. It helped me to further focus and concentrate in my studies. SECCLO was a game changer in my life 😊.
How would you describe your SECCLO studies so far? My first year was pretty smooth as every part of my move from India to Finland was helped by the SECCLO team. I was only left to concentrate on my studies and to explore the beautiful city. The various job fairs, the CV and LinkedIn clinics went in a long way to understand the market trends of Finland. Even when COVID happened, my studies faced minimal interruption and they always checked on us to see if we were doing ok.
In your opinion, what are the advantages of studying in SECCLO? The best part of SECCLO are the professors who you get to work so close with and my fellow students who come various parts of the world. The atmosphere created to engage in meaningful conversations is the best part of SECCLO. The support given through each stage of the semester either for coping with the study methods or in finding internships has helped me to cope with the different culture of the new country.
What would you like to say to a potential SECCLO applicant considering their choices? SECCLO gives you a great platform to learn and wide opportunities to practice what you learn. They offer assistance through each stage of the Master’s course and you’ll never be left alone to deal with any discomfort. (But discomforts are quite rare and I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience!).
Why did you decide to join SECCLO? It provides scholarships so that you can study your favorite subjects without financial concerns and you get to make friends from all over the world.
How would you describe your SECCLO studies so far? I am now in my second year of study. I had some difficulties in learning new professional knowledge, but there are always a bunch of fellow students who can study together and learn from each other. Indeed, I have gained a lot of knowledge far beyond the classes!
In your opinion, what are the advantages of studying in SECCLO? My classmates are top students selected from all over the world and everyone has a different experiences. The majors at the partner universities are top in the world rank and you can get perfect education in SECCLO.