"I love my team, I love my job!"
Tell us about your life at GÉANT.
I am currently involved in three activities within the GÉANT Project GN4-2 focussing on areas such as Application Services Delivery Development, Trust and Identity Development and Network and Service Assurance. More specifically, I am working on cloud services and on the collaboration suite to address Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructures (AAI) needs for research groups whose members are spread across different organisations in different geographical locations.
I feel particularly passionate about my work on Federated Identity Management (FIM) which is very peculiar to GÉANT as an organisation. For the benefits of those working outside our industry let me explain that FIM is an arrangement that can be made among multiple member organisations to share their resources by allowing individuals to use the same login credentials across security domains. I enabled project participants to log in to SharePoint web applications using their federated identity and also set up a central authorisation management system to handle the access rights of approximately 500 project participants from the project National Research and Education Network (NREN) members across Europe. Without the shadow of a doubt, such changes made life for our IT department so much easier!
What do you enjoy about life at GÉANT?
Since I joined GÉANT as a full-time employee I have covered a wide variety of roles. The organisation has supported me every step of the way with career progression and keeps offering me great opportunities for professional growth. In addition, working in a Research and Education (R&E) environment drives me to learn something new every day in order to keep up to speed with technology.
GÉANT’s work atmosphere is very special, its multicultural and multinational environment is very inclusive and diverse. I love my team, my colleagues are my work family, we are all very close and discuss openly and frankly on most topics. I am also very fond of my life in Cambridge, I am happy to live in such a family-friendly city.
What are the big opportunities?
We operate in a very innovative environment where new areas of research need to be explored continually. In the coming years we will need to carry on working on FIM and cloud services in order to bridge the technology gap not only between R&E and industry, but most importantly between developed and developing countries.
I came from India in 2005 to complete a M.Sc. in Distributed Systems and Networks at the University of Kent. The subject of my thesis on Multi-domain Network Monitoring Systems applied to an industrial project lead to my student placement at GÉANT where, in just over one year, I was able to start my career as a fully-fledged employee and member of the Systems Team.