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Degree: MSCi IT for Creative Industries
Job title: Cyber Security Graduate
I studied IT for Creative Industries at Lancaster University, which was a course designed to be the bridge between programmers and designers. One of my modules contained an introduction to cyber security, which sparked an interest in the field and led me to arranging my industrial placement with a cyber security company.
When I was considering my career options for post-university, I was concerned that my existing technical knowledge would not be strong enough to do well in a technical graduate scheme. However, the Atos graduate scheme provides a great support network and training, which encouraged me to apply. In the time I’ve been at Atos I have learnt more than I expected, and find my day-to-day role as a Security Operations Analyst provides the perfect balance: enjoyable and interesting yet challenging.
From my first day, the people at Atos made me feel welcome and were very friendly. The Atos buddy system made sure I had a friend long before my start date, which made moving to a new city a lot easier. Everyone took the time to explain how Atos works, taught new concepts and demonstrated how to use the tools, which meant I learnt a lot in a very short space of time. I have met some of my closest friends through Atos and always look forward to the team social events outside work.
In terms of career development, my role provides great exposure to different cyber threats and real life attacks. Atos also has an e-learning library and courses such as the cyber academy, which help boost technical knowledge and expertise.
My job summed up:
My role involves monitoring a variety of detection and prevention systems for cyber attacks. Our team’s main job is to ensure our customers and their information are protected from hackers. If an alert is triggered, we identify the threat and investigate the security incident to determine the best course of action. Cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated each day, with new threats and viruses constantly emerging. Every day is different, and there’s always something new and exciting to learn in the fast paced world of cyber security.
A day in my life:
I start the day with a 15-minute meeting with the night shift to hand over any important information that may have arisen overnight. I then log into all the systems and catch up on emails with a cup of tea.
I perform investigations on alerts to determine if these are legitimate attacks or false positives (for example, a user forgetting their password multiple times rather than a hacker attempting to guess different passwords).
I respond to any queries from customers or other Atos teams. Attend an afternoon team meeting to discuss the team’s progress. I’ll also help organise other Atos events such as charity bake sales or university campus events to support grad recruitment.
I continue to work to resolve any new or existing incidents from the previous day. Analysis of existing platforms is done to aim to continually improve and tune the alerts and system performance.
I close off any investigations or plan the course of action to be performed the next day. Finally, I check all of the systems to ensure everything is in order before handing over to the night shift, who will monitor systems for malicious activity overnight.