Angel Sayani earns 13th certification at age 19

"I love the fact that Infosec is constantly updating their Infosec Skills training library with the latest information technology and cybersecurity topics. Their self-paced training helps students like me who prefer to learn online instead of just solely reading books."

We sat down with Angel Sayani, a 19-year-old entrepreneur and app developer that passed 13 certification exams within just seven months, to learn about her training success.

Angel Sayani

Could you tell me a little bit about yourself?

My name is Angel and I’m the founder of a Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS), software ML and application-AI robotics company — IntellChromatics Inc. I also enjoy app development and have published an Android app in the Google Play Store, providing WhatsApp users with a variety of stickers to send to friends and family!

Even though I am only 19 years old, I prepared for and passed numerous industry certifications within just seven months including:

Associate of (ISC)² Cloud Security Alliance’s CCSK
CompTIA CASP+ CompTIA Security+
CompTIA PenTest+ CompTIA Cloud Essentials+
CompTIA CySA+ CompTIA Cloud+
CompTIA Server+ CompTIA Network+
AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner LPI Linux Essentials
GAQM Certified Forensic Analyst

 

Why are certifications important to you?

Certifications are a reliable way to demonstrate that you have proven mastery and expertise in your respective field. I want to train towards becoming a prodigy in the field of information technology. In fact, I am already familiar with artificial intelligence, machine learning and neural algorithms! I’m looking forward to enriching my knowledge on these subjects even further by completing my degree, training with Infosec Skills and earning more certifications.

Infosec Skills has helped me prep for my most rigorous and difficult certification exams — (ISC)² CISSP and CompTIA CASP+. I found it extremely valuable to have access to Infosec’s library of 1,400+ cybersecurity courses, labs, projects, practice exams and skills rank assessments during my exam preparation.

What drew you to cybersecurity in the first place?

I was really influenced by a research paper on Metasploit and how to build defensive cybersecurity skills. Seeing how an open-source framework can be easily modified and used with most operating systems to infiltrate vulnerabilities on networks and servers made me curious to learn more. I started to explore online training focusing on cyber and ethical hacking through Infosec Skills and online practice tests, which inspired me to start my career in this exhilarating field. I feel gratified to have already earned both the Associate of (ISC)² and CompTIA’s CASP+ as these are two major and very challenging certifications for any individual looking for a good career in cybersecurity.

How have you leveraged the Infosec Skills training platform?

Infosec Skills has helped me prep for my most rigorous and difficult certification exams — (ISC)² CISSP and CompTIA CASP+. I found it extremely valuable to have access to Infosec’s library of 1,400+ cybersecurity courses, labs, projects, practice exams and skills rank assessments during my exam preparation.

The Infosec Skills self-paced training helps students like me who prefer to learn online instead of just solely reading books. Infosec Skills is the perfect platform for anyone who aims to prepare for a certification or wants to improve their cybersecurity skillset.

I have also completed several Infosec Skills courses, like Adversarial Machine Learning, Machine Learning for Intrusion Detection, Applied Cryptanalysis, Applied python, Blockchain Technology, DevSecOps project, Digital Forensics Project, Serverless JavaScript and Reverse Engineering.

Cybersecurity is an extremely important field in this digital era so one must first get acquainted with this exciting field’s benefits and challenges. Try to learn fundamentals first and then set off towards more difficult strategies!

What do you like the most about Infosec Skills?

Labs are the most helpful part of any certification preparation — they help you fortify your existing skills and validate your hands-on, job skills. The labs inside Infosec Skills are the most comprehensive and easy to use that I’ve seen. With clear objectives and steps along the way, these labs make extremely difficult concepts easy to understand. I’ve completed around 20 Infosec Skills labs so far, but here are some of my favorites:

What do you think makes a great cybersecurity professional?

I believe that a great cybersecurity professional should be a continual learner and diligent. They should be passionate to turn their ideas into reality. Cybersecurity is an extremely important field that is inevitable in this digital era. One must first get acquainted with this exciting field’s benefits and challenges. My advice to those looking to transition into this field would be to try to learn fundamentals first and then set off towards more difficult strategies.

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