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Frank Voelkel, Former student & ambassador of Cyberworkplace

Please introduce yourself. 

My name is Frank Voelkel, I am 28 years old, and I was born in Germany. Since 2006 I am living in The Netherlands. My interests are pentesting and programming. I like to work on small projects or doing CTF (Capture the flag) challenges with my friends. Apart from that, I also like sports and gaming.

When did you join Cyberworkplace?

I joined Cyberworkplace back in February 2021. My motivation to join was to learn more about cybersecurity and get to know the experts from the field. 

What did you like about Cyberworkplace?

I really enjoyed the workshops. They were mostly interactive and diverse, covering different topics within the field of cybersecurity. Something else that I really liked is the interaction with other students, guest speakers and lecturers during the workshops. This helped me grow my professional network.

What have you learned at Cyberworkplace?

The things I’ve learned at Cyberworkplace are too many to be mentioned. But if I look back, the Python and Linux course were one of the most helpful to me. I learned so much during the Linux course with Willem Lei, Unlock Your Talent. Thanks to the knowledge I’ve acquired, I could start my own little projects like making a bash script, which can help you a lot with stack buffer overflows on an x86 architecture. 

What is your most favorite moment at Cyberworkplace?

I can’t highlight one favorite moment. I liked the whole experience and especially the small moments, such as working together.

What are you currently up to?

Currently, I am working as IT support at GGD. Besides that, I am also doing a voluntary work at the DIVD as a security researcher. In my spare time, I am learning JavaScript and getting deeper knowledge into bug bounties. In the future, I want to work as a penetration tester or bug bounty hunter.

Describe Cyberworkplace with three words?

Fun, kick-start, innovative.

Would you recommend Cyberworkplace to your friends?

I have already recommended it to many of my friends. I think Cyberworkplace is an awesome chance and everyone should be able to get this chance.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I would like to thank everyone at Cyberworkplace for making it possible and making it into what it is today.

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