Assisting clients with building their security maturity
1. What do you like about your job?
Each type of client engagement is different, yet at the same time it's always about helping the client and their customers better protect themselves and their information and business. The nuances of every piece of work and every industry are so different, it's a learning experience every time I meet clients and complete the work.
2. How did you get into this role?
I stumbled into it - I went to university with the intention of doing intelligence analysis, and somehow found my way into private sector security. Until I met a director at the company I currently work for, I had never considered private sector work as a potential career path - now that I'm in it, it seems so incredibly diverse, with the range of clients and industries needing assistance.
3. An example of what you do each day.
I get engaged for a lot of maturity assessments. It involves a lot of relationship building with the client, being in and among the employees to get an idea of their current practices, culture, and strategy, and to formulate a maturity profile for them against better practices. The best part of that kind of work is when we get to the roadmap stage, where we get to help the client design and develop a strategy to help them get to where they need to be.
4. What would you say to others who are considering following the same career path? (Your Words of Wisdom)
Persevere. There are always challenges, particularly at the start of your career if you're not sure of where you're going or where you want to be. But push through those challenges, because security is such a rewarding industry - it moves so quickly, every day is different, and there's a solid professional network of incredibly intelligent and dedicated people, and it's a reward and inspiration in and of itself to be able to work with them on a regular basis.
Relevant qualifications:Bach. Justice
Bach. Corporate Systems Management