Social Media and Cybercrime Expert
After my A-Levels, I faced the challenging question of what to study at university. One of the first topics that came to mind was computer science. Computing was not a topic I had the experience of studying before, but it was one that always piqued my interest; particularly the part about building cool applications! I was fortunate that my dad was in computing and could provide more insight into the area, and what exactly it meant to be a computer scientist. I also took the opportunity to speak to my teachers, and they felt that computing was a great choice especially because of my love for, and interest in maths.
Having spoken to numerous people, I decided to pursue my first university degree in Computer Science and Accounting (BSc) from the University of the West Indies in Barbados. Computer science was my core interest, but given the popularity of accounting – as an area of work – in my home country, I also opted to study that topic. After that, I worked for a year as a software developer (building computer programs/apps) then came to the UK to study for an MSc (Masters) in Internet Computing at the University of Hull. Once I completed my MSc, I returned to Barbados to apply my new skills in business.
After another short stint in industry, I felt the strong desire to continue my studies. This was motivated by my desire to learn more about the area of cyber security in business (this is a topic I touched on in my MSc). A year later, I returned to the UK to start a doctorate (PhD) at the University of Warwick in Computer Science, specialising in cyber security. This was a great experience as it allowed me to research the topic in great detail and to understand real problems that security professionals face.
https://warwick.ac.uk/services/skills/pgr/publicengagement/employer/jason_nurse.mp4 (Here’s a video of me during my PhD giving an interview about why I was interested to speak to companies to understand how my skills could be applied in industry.)
Since then, I have been researching cyber security. First, this was at the University of Warwick as a Research Fellow, and then I moved to the University of Oxford (in Computer Science) to continue that role. That then brings us back to today, and thus completes – at least for now – my journey! I should also mention that when I’m not at work, I enjoy playing football, squash and chess! 🙂