Abiola and Laure Beaufils

Abiola receiving the award from the British Deputy High Commissioner, Laure Beaufils

July this year 2017, I had the rare opportunity to be #SelectedForChevening scholarship to study in the United Kingdom (UK).  I call it a ‘rare’ opportunity because I happened to be among the 43 successful candidates of the 6,043 applications submitted from Nigeria.

The prestigious Chevening scholarship is a UK government-funded scholarship aimed at high flyers who are likely to make an outstanding contribution to their country, to study in the United Kingdom at postgraduate level, develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.

The scholarship gave me the choice of attending two other universities in the UK, but after looking through the course contents in the various Universities, Cardiff University‘s appeared to be more business and practical-oriented and so, I happily settled for MSc, Information Security and Privacy at the University.

At the induction session, the module leader, Professor Omer Rana while giving an overview of the course explained the need to give deep considerations to security issues surrounding the promise of a more convenient and a smarter world provided by technology said: “Some 10 years ago, if you were on a train and a stranger seated next to you began to ask you questions like ‘Where are you from?’,  ‘Where do you live?’, ‘How many siblings do you have?’, ‘When was your last vacation?’; you would feel very uneasy, right? but now, we put the same information out there on social media… these are security issues”.

The first lecture was a dive into ‘threat modelling – how to model different threats [attacks] for different IT systems’, the lecture was held in the “Cyber Security and Forensic Lab” which I had read about before coming to Cardiff. At the entrance of the lab is a notice written in upper case as follows: “EXTENSIVE USE OF COMMAND LINE IN THIS LABORATORY”. In the days to come, I hope to discover why it is termed a ‘warning’ and not simply a ‘notice’  or an ‘information’.

It has been an exciting journey since the first day and I hope to make the most out of the programme.


My special appreciation goes to @cardiffuni and the @FCO for the wonderful opportunity. #MyCheveningJourney


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