Mo is on a cyber security mission

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Protecting businesses from cyber attacks is the mission of Telford College IT student Mo Almustafa.

The 19-year-old former Ercall Wood student is in the second year of a level three computing hardware course, having progressed from level two.

“I would like to work in cybersecurity protecting businesses from cyber attacks,” says Mo, from Arleston.

“The practical side of the course is my favourite. I like taking computers and hard drives apart to see what makes them work, and how software works alongside the hardware. The theory-based side of the coursework is also really helpful.

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Mohammed Almustafa | Telford College

“I would really recommend the IT hardware course at Telford College, because IT will always be needed in every sector, so it gives you lots of great opportunities for the future.”

Mo says it is fantastic to have such a learning facility just a 10-minute walk from his front door.

“You are a lot more independent and treated a lot more maturely at college. The teachers are great; they guide us towards our future and help us achieve our goals.”

Mo plans to study cyber security at wither Nottingham Trent or Manchester Metropolitan university when he finishes his Telford College course.

Tutor Martin Seymour said: “Mo has been a joy to teach on both the level two and three courses.

“With his dedication in the classroom and at our new hardware labs – soon to be part of the Station Quarter development in Telford town centre – his knowledge and dedication is second-to-none.

“Cyber security is vital for the defence of industry and the nation against the dark arts of cyber criminals and hackers – this is a threat that will not diminish, but grow in the future.

“By choosing to specialise in this sphere, Mo is assured of a profitable and interesting career. He will excel in the cyber security sector, and I wish him well for the future.”

Telford College’s IT courses are designed as a perfect progression route for aspirational careers such as data scientists, systems analysts, network and infrastructure architects, and software or game developers.

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