The Cyber Defenders program is probably the best thing that has happened to me professionally! I came into this program with less than proficient knowledge of programming, let alone cybersecurity. But with the patient guidance of mentors and the cooperative, fun and safe learning environment, I was able to learn a lot more than just cybersecurity! At the time, little did I know that this program would not only help me decide what I wanted to major in but also would domino effect into 2 consecutive cybersecurity-related jobs! During the tenure of this program, I was able to work on a hands-on project that involved applying machine learning and data science to a major cybersecurity-related problem of detecting malicious Android applications. And that experience really piqued my interest in the world of Data Science and Machine Learning! So, I’m currently majoring in Data Science and Applied Mathematics at my university. Moreover, this program also helped me score an internship at Silicon Valley Bank in the application security team last summer, where I learned about a different area of cybersecurity altogether. I learned about how individuals with malicious intent, could compromise the seemingly harmless websites we keep visiting from day to day if they were coded insecurely, and get access to all our personal information! And the coolest part was that I also learned how we could prevent that from happening and I implemented a project to demonstrate that! Fast forward to now, I’m currently about to start a job as an Information Security Analyst at my university's Student Technology Services department! Thanks to this program, I’m able to chart out a roadmap for a career in cybersecurity.