Even though he has been interested in technology since childhood David says you don’t need to be techie to do computing you just need to be willing to learn
David Walsh from Kilkenny studied computer hardware at Waterford College of Further Education for one year and through that he got into WIT’s BSc (Hons) in Computer Forensics & Security.
Why did you choose this course?
I chose this course for how different it was to all the others. I’m not a software developer, I didn’t like that stream. I liked the idea of protecting people’s data and finding evidence of crime. Especially IP law in companies. It is very common in companies for people to steal employees' information and companies' information so that just seemed like a very interesting path for me to go down.
Did you do work placement?
I went on Erasmus to Málaga studying in Universidade de Málaga. I was able to learn Spanish there, I was able to take other subjects such as artificial intelligence and I was able to travel around Spain and even Africa. I made a lot of great friends there via the Erasmus Program, University and when I joined Celta Málaga, the local GAA club.
What was your experience in WIT?
I had a really good time while at WIT. My class and my friends are very close. It is quite a tough course to come through but the people that commit are friends for life. The lecturers provided great support and help.
I chose WIT for the course and the area. I love coming to Waterford. The course is unique. Not many courses like this are run at this level. Coming out and looking for a job and going to interviews, employers know about the course already, they know how hard it was to get through it so they are more likely to hire you.
Where are you working?
I’m working in Trend Micro in Cork. Trend Micro is a leading antivirus provider in the world for enterprise companies. I am working on a support engineering team there. We work with some of the biggest companies in the world by making sure their networks are safe. From a forensic side of things I look at packet captures and seeing if malicious traffic is on the network. Then I can tell the companies on the other side of the phone what to do about it, we exchange emails or we have video conferences and we talk with the company to make sure that they are not under attack or infected.
Did you have an interest in computing before you started this course?
Yes from day one I have been very techie. I installed the Wi-Fi in the house when there was very little internet in the countryside. I remember getting a CD to use to provide internet access for an hour. I set up the network in my house when I was seven. I don’t think you need to be quite as technical coming into any computer course but you do need to be willing to learn and put in the hours. It pays off in the end.
Interviewed by Susie Brennan at Conferring 2018