Jorge's student experience

Jorge from Ecuador talks about his life at Edinburgh Napier University.

Jorge Fernando Illescas, MSc Advanced Security and Digital Forensics

The expertise and attitude of the tutors and lecturers is incredible


The United Kingdom is the leading country for information security and only a couple of universities teach such a complete programme in this area as Edinburgh Napier University. Here you look at information security plus digital forensics so it's a really complete subject.

The expertise and attitude of the tutors and lecturers is incredible. A great example is Bill Buchanan. His knowledge of the subject is incredible and, more than that, he is always trying to help students. It's a subject that's changing every month, every week, with new concepts and new technologies, yet the people here are always up to date. Alongside the staff, equally important is the software we have access to for digital forensics. It's really hard to find that kind of software if you want to learn by yourself so it's really valuable to learn digital forensics here.

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“I would like to create my own consultancy company offering services relating to information security”

The course has more than lived up to my expectations. The critical thinking is well oriented. It’s not just learning something that is written in a book, it’s about generating new concepts and criticism. My dissertation is focusing on digital forensics in a cloud environment. I hope that in Ecuador I am going to work in that specific area. There are other very interesting areas on the programme, for example penetration testing, digital forensics, host-based digital forensics and nowadays the cloud environment. I feel the cloud is going to be in constant development in the future so that is why I want to be involved with it. 

My plan is to work back in Ecuador. So many students find opportunities to keep working here in the United Kingdom but I am happy to go back to Ecuador as I feel useful in that country. I would like to create my own consultancy company offering services relating to information security, principally digital forensics. I have a friend from the same town in Ecuador who was studying at Edinburgh Napier University at the same time so I think we will join together to create a company and offer consultancy services, teaching, presentations and seminars.

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