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Year of graduation: 2012
University: Aston University
Degree: BSc (Hons) Business Computing and IT (BCIT)
Atos start date: 2013
Job title: Graduate Information Security Specialist
I was raised in a remote village called Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, East Africa, but pursued my higher education in the UK.
I came across Atos when carrying out research on leading Technology Service Companies, and was introduced to an Atos graduate through a friend. One particular service line that attracted me was the security function and my experience has been satisfying and the support I have been given throughout my graduate scheme from the company as a whole, and the security practice has been extensive.
When I started at Atos, I completed the Cyber Security Academy, leading to a University accredited Advanced Diploma, which gave me all the skills to start on live projects. After a year of experience in the field, I was eligible to start training for the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) qualification. This is the globally recognised qualification which allows you to be a certified security specialist. It gives me an understanding of all security information, and enables me to work with different companies, which Atos help with. It gives us an understanding of how attacks happen, and how information is kept secure.
My job summed up:
A large part of my role is to monitor traffic and information that comes into my clients and leaves, making sure the company isn’t being hacked. We’re the gatekeepers. If suspicious activity is flagged, we will investigate and if I think it’s something serious, I’ll immediately escalate or meet with senior managers to discuss further actions.
The role is exciting, with different cyber security technologies used with each client. We’re exposed to everything, so need to learn about the different threats that are out there. Every day is a new challenge, new threats, and it’s very fast paced and never repetitive.
A day in my life:
I start the day by going through my emails, then I’ll spend some time researching trending incidents and events relating to information security. It’s really important to keep on top of what’s new in this field as it’s constantly evolving and moving.
Monitoring network behaviour to determine any suspicious activities and discussing any incidents with my colleagues. This leads to further investigation and research, and any concerns are raised with senior members. Then it's lunch.
Working with senior team members to fine-tune alerts and discuss any improvements that can be made. Also running ad-hoc reports requested by clients and providing results of investigations.
I had training on a new technology with the vendor last week so now I need to cascade it to junior grads and others in my team. Some of them are going through the Cyber Security Advanced Diploma, so I like to be able to help them out with any queries they have on that.
I’ll finish off any pending tasks and then catch up about any upcoming team building events. We’ve got Go-Karting in a few weeks so this evening we need to make sure that’s all booked up.