Wilson’s Hospital School (Ireland), then Greenwich Uni (UK), then Northumbria Uni (UK)
Irish Leaving Certificate (As and Bs), then BSc (Honours) Mathematics, then PhD Computer Science; professional certifications include CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, CySA+, PenTest+
Manchester Uni, IEEE, Sage, IBM - full story here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dereshev/
Employer:The University of Manchester
A young cybersecurity scientist, a fitness enthusiast, and a gamer.
I’ve been interested in technology and engineering ever since my parents bought me my first Dendy (NES/Famicom clone) in 1996. My passion for video games steadily developed into interest in computers in general (taking computers apart and putting them back together was one of my past times). Pair that with my love for books, and a library of encyclopedias, and you get a pupil who was super-interested in science, technology, and everything computers (and being a bit bored with the slow pace and passivity of school lessons).
I finished my high school in Ireland with As and Bs focusing on sciences (Chemistry, Physics, Biology) and languages (English, German, Russian). Post-school life had me survive a culture shock, complete a maths BSc, and a computer science PhD working with social robots. I now work as a research associate in cybersecurity.
My free time is split between strength and endurance training, and video games.
I connect people working in cybersecurity, so that we can make your phones, gadgets, and the internet safer!
I work on a project that brings together hundreds of experts in digital security, privacy, identity and trust to solve challenges we will face 5-10 years from now (https://spritehub.org/). I’ve been a fan of cyberpunk for years, and this job is a dream come true in that regard!
My Typical Day: I work from home, keeping https://spritehub.org/ up to date and useful for everyone. I also learn more about computers, phones, and the internet: how they work, how they can be hacked, and how to fix them. As a research associate working for a university, I do a lot of research/science work as well.
Working from home, I write blog articles, take interviews, and follow social media for the latest news in cybersecurity. I also develop cybersecurity resources like a glossary and a list of free online courses you can take to learn more about cybersecurity.
I also spend time learning more about computers, phones, and the internet: how they work, how they can be hacked, and how to fix them. There are special exams for those who want to show the world that they are good with computers and security, and I have passed several of those 🙂
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Kind | Smart | Inquisitive
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I presented my work at the most prestigious conference in my field!
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I love getting to the bottom of things, work behind the scenes, and share my knowledge with the world. Research is a perfect opportunity to do all of those things.
What was your favourite subject at school?
Chemistry and English (nothing to do with the subjects – the teachers were good, that’s all).
What did you want to be after you left school?
I didn't have a clue :)
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Once. I was careful not to get caught all the other times :)
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Data Scientist - I love artificial intelligence in video games, and I can make numbers do magic for businesses too!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
MoozE, Michael McCann
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Having a hike, rafting (falling off the raft and having a regular swim too), performing in a rock gig, and playing a night-time scavenger hunt – all in one day, which also coincided with my 18th birthday!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1. To know all that is knowable. 2. To achieve full mastery over mind and body. 3. To live a life I'd wish to relive 1000 times.
Tell us a joke.
Humour is not my strong suit :)