Who am I?
Sportive, sociable and curious are my keywords. My hobbies are fitness, jogging and occasionally an obstacle run. These require a certain determination that I also bring to the table in a workspace.
My name is Mickey and I’m a year old Cyber Security Engineer at EASI. I graduated from highschool with a degree in Economics - Modern Languages, but I decided to change my course towards cyber security. I then obtained my diploma in Electronics-ICT with a specialisation in Cyber Security at Thomas More Geel. My goal is to eventually become an OSEE certified pentester.
A certified Ethical Hacker is well versed with Ethical hacking techniques and has demonstrated the same when tested in an environment that mimics a real corporate network.
Smart Policing Hackathon
Winner of EY's Smart Policing hackathon in the category Smart Selection & Training. My team and I solved the recruiting problem of the Federal Computer Crime Unit with a custom CTF platform.
Hack The Box
I've teamed up with Hack The Box, an international organisation that gamifies pentesting, to host the first ever HTB meetup in Belgium. The goal of this meetup was to get other students started with the platform.
Throwback is an Active Directory (AD) lab that teaches the fundamentals and core concepts of attacking a Windows network. The network simulates a realistic corporate environment that has several attack vectors you would expect to find in today’s organisations.
Cyber Security Challenge BE
Since my first year at college I participated with the Cyber Security Challenge Belgium and since then we've been in the pre-finals every single time.
Student Information Network
SIN is a group of students who provide webhosting for the students at Thomas More, Geel. Besides our services, we also organise events and workshops, related to IT ofcourse.
Business Intelligence - Application Development - Cloud & Cyber Security - Internet of Things
The IT-Factory gives us the opportunity to explore 4 aspects of IT. You learn the very basics of each and how they interact with eachother so you can choose a course to pursue in your second and third year.
In your second year you have to choose one of the four courses. I chose for Cloud & Cyber Security. This means that my second year is about about Windows Server, Linux Webservices, Scaling Networks, Datacenter Technologies and more. There's also still a focus on languages. English is taught in the first and second year and French is part of your second year's subjects.
The final year is all about refinement. 'Cyber Security & Security Operation Center' will be the most important subject for me. Also the internship and the Bachelor's thesis are going to play a big part.
After three amazing years at Thomas More, a very successful internship at EY and a lot of attention from recruiters in IT, I decided that becoming a Cyber Security Engineer in EASI's Red Team would be the best move to advance my career in Cyber Security.
Productivity is not just about doing more. It's about creating more impact with less work.
- Prerna Malik -
Numbers aren't everything
What's most important to me is that I feel good with what I'm doing. There's always a lot more about IT that I can't wait to learn about.
Even though half of my time at Thomas More was severely affected by COVID, I'm still really proud of my results. My three best subjects showed me I made a good choice specialising in Cyber Security.