Lead Discovery Analyst

September 27, 2017
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Advanced Security Analytics driven intelligence and stories; because I want to know what I don't know. Do you?

1. What do you like about your job?

It is challenging and fun, it allows me to combine my investigative digital forensics, consulting and security experience to understand and articulate not yet known risks and problems in order to protect the organisation and its customers.

2. How did you get into this role?

Curiosity, open mind and a desire to continuously building my skills. My previous roles were about identifying and understanding known behaviours, looking for evidence or artifacts to prove/disprove a certain activity from digital forensics to eDiscovery and consulting. I had come across a team within the company that aims to identify risks and issues that are yet unknown to the organisation. It felt like a natural progression for me to build further on my experiences, so I put my hand up for a secondment opportunity late 2016 and I have never looked back.

3. An example of what you do each day.

Generally my day revolves a lot around continually developing our analytics capability that allows the team to contextualise security and business risk. I use a combination of advanced analytics across large data sets and work with various stakeholders to understand and articulate findings and recommendations to help improve overall business processes. Building trust and relationships between various groups is key in my role. These relationships can be between my team and other teams in the same business unit or across the business.

4. What would you say to others who are considering following the same career path? (Your Words of Wisdom)

Know what you want out of a career and I don't mean a "job". A career is about you personally, you at work, you with your family and you as a part of the community to be fulfilled. If you have a bright mind that is constantly wanting to be challenged, and you are always looking for different ways to solve a problem; you're heading down the right path! It's important to build yourself a professional network, and don't limit yourself to any stereotypes or listen to the nay-sayers; listen to advice, take them on board and trust your own instinct. I started my Digital Forensics Analyst role right out of university with no hands on experience; just a lot of interest and keenness to learn. One of the brightest minds I work with these days has a background in languages!

Relevant qualifications:

Critical Thinking Training Course
Investigations Theory Course