When Devashis Tamhane decided to enroll in the iSchool’s graduate program in Information Management, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do for a career. He had recently graduated from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in India with a degree in computer engineering and was interested in data science but didn’t yet know what a career in data science would look like for him. Luckily, thanks to the iSchool’s wide variety of elective courses in information, Tamhane found his passion: information security.
“I chose the iSchool because the curriculum is flexible, and they don’t pigeonhole you into one area,” Tamhane said. “Once I realized the iSchool had courses in information security, I knew that was where I wanted to be.”
Tamhane also furthered his expertise in the field by earning a Certificate of Advanced Study in Information Security Management while completing his Master’s degree. He took specialized courses such as enterprise security management, IT auditing, information security, and cloud management.
Outside of the classroom, Tamhane pushed himself to be as involved as possible in the iSchool community. He worked in the admissions office as a program assistant and was a graduate student mentor during his second year to help new students get acclimated to campus. He was also the president of the iSchool Graduate Organization and vice-president of the WiTec Club (Worldwide Innovation Technology). These experiences helped Tamhane land a summer internship at Newell Brands, a consumer goods company based out of Chicago.
“The iSchool was the reason I landed my internship, and I think my internship was the reason I landed a job at EY right after graduation,” he said. “The iSchool also played a critical role in getting my job at EY because they let me choose the courses I wanted to take in information security.”
At EY, one of the largest professional services firms in the world, Tamhane worked on the advisory staff in Technology Risk and Resilience. His job was to focus on third party risk management in technology to help companies and banks comply with federal regulations and standards. He also helped with internal information security initiatives at the firm.
He then transferred these skills to his current position at Peloton, a luxury exercise equipment and technology company, where he works as a Governance, Risk and Compliance Analyst to ensure that the firm is compliant with security and data privacy regulations. By working internally at a company like Peloton, Tamhane has gotten to work more in-depth with the actual product and processes than working with clients at EY, which he enjoys.
In the future, Tamhane hopes to continue working in information technology but possibly branch out of the risk management side and work on business-focused technology initiatives that drive value for the company. He is confident that the iSchool gave him the skills to make this transition whenever the time is right.
“The courses at the iSchool gave me a lot of exposure to business, but they were tailored to the technology side of things. The iSchool was also flexible and allowed me to take competitive and corporate strategy courses from the Whitman School of Management to understand the business side of things,” he said. “I think this background in business and technology will prepare me for any new job down the road.”