Highlighting Hounds – Janil Patel

Congratulations to Janil Patel ’24 for starting the Cybersecurity Enterprise Co-op at Insulet Corporation, a medical device company that designs devices for insulin-dependent individuals. As a Cybersecurity major, Janil is excited to gain hands-on experience in the cybersecurity field and exposure to working a full-time job before graduating. Read the blog below to learn more about Janil’s role at Insulet.

Janil Patel ’24

What duties are you responsible for? What are your day-to-day tasks?

In my role, I assist in incident response by monitoring systems security and responding to security incidents. I participate in security systems testing to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of sensitive data, as well as to prevent and detect intrusions, incident containment, and remediation recommendations. In my role, I also monitor tech and cyber trends, news, and emerging threats and regularly update staff to ensure that the employees are mindful of the company’s cybersecurity.

Have you been involved in any major projects or accomplishments thus far?

I am creating a Watch Dog Tool that checks on the health status of all the cloud-based tools we use and reports back if the tool is up and running. This is an automation tool which is a repeated job that can save a lot of time if this is done by creating a workflow.

How has this role prepared you for your career goals?

This internship will help me gain hands-on experience outside of school, which will be useful in pursuing a long-term career in the cybersecurity field.

What are your key takeaways from your experience? What skills did you/hope to gain from this internship?

In this role, I am gaining more exposure to incident response and learning more and new cloud-based security tools as well as security policies and standards. Most importantly, my role is adjacent to the role of a Cyber Security Analyst, which will help me gain the skills needed for a Cyber Security Analyst Position in the future.

In this role, I have grown my problem-solving skills. Problem-solving skills are critical to making wise decisions in cybersecurity; the wrong move can leave critical gaps open which can hurt the organization tremendously.

Why did you apply to this internship? What aspects of the position/company interested you?

I applied to this company because of the company’s mission to improve people’s lives daily who suffer from diabetes. In addition, Insulet has an amazing company culture which has helped me grow as a team player in the short time I have been working here.

How has your Assumption education prepared you for this internship?

The Assumption Cybersecurity program has helped me learn many skills that I have utilized at the Co-Op such as tools including Burp suite, Wireshark, and many other tools used in live virtual machines (VMware) environments.

What advice would you give to a student who wants to participate in an internship?

Networking is key! Connect with people in other fields; you never know when you may cross paths with each other.

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By Abby Sproles
Abby Sproles Graduate Assistant Career Advisor