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An engineering student from the Moradabad Institute of Technology has landed a job at Microsoft after developing an application to detect viruses in systems.

Moradabad: An engineering student from the Moradabad Institute of Technology has landed a job at Microsoft after developing an application to detect viruses in systems. Akash Kumar from Kashipur, a BTech (Software engineering) final-year student, says he has been interested in cyber security for quite a while. His father runs a computer hardware business and he has been tinkering around with gadgets since he was a child.  As a student at the college, he made several applications under the guidance of his teachers. He finally came up with an application that targets and removes online viruses. After testing it, he sent it to Microsoft headquarters in the United States.

The result was the company getting back to the 22-year-old and informing him that they were very interested in his application. Microsoft invited him to California for an interview and finally offered him a job as a security analyst at a starting salary of $85,000 (Rs 56 lakh) a year. Kumar is supposed to join work as soon as he finishes his studies in September this year. “He will be working with Microsoft’s research and development centre,” said his teacher, RB Pandey. “I approached Microsoft while completing my research on alogorithms to detect viruses. My work will help protect digital information, including bank account statements and other personal information such as credit card numbers as well as trade secrets and classified government documents,” Kumartold TOI. “Everyone has information they want to keep secure. Protecting such data is a very important part of information security,” he added. “Microsoft showed a keen interest in his work on information security. The fact that they have taken him on is a matter of great pride for the college as well as people of the city,” said RB Saxena, director-general of the institute. – Courtesy


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