This past year has been a whirlwind for me in so many ways. Between the lockdowns resulting from the global pandemic, I have moved house, changed job twice, and taken the opportunity to completely start my career again and move into cybersecurity. It’s been a rollercoaster and very stressful at times but now the dust has settled I feel ready to take on anything! It’s never an easy decision to make a career change but for me being caught up in the pandemic made it seem like the perfect time to take the plunge. I had been made redundant from my previous job and I was looking for something that would make me feel happier and more fulfilled.
The world has now moved firmly into the realm of remote working which opens up a whole host of hidden issues we’ve been able to circumnavigate by keeping employees on-premises meaning it is more important than ever to be aware of and up to date with cybersecurity best practises. This was one of the things that drew me to cybersecurity. I had touched on the subject while at university but had never delved deeper, so when I was looking at online courses and cybersecurity came up I knew I couldn’t miss this opportunity!
I started my journey to Titan Labs by taking a (huge) chance on the inaugural full-time CAPSLOCK course. I knew it was going to be tough but for me it was made easier by the fact that the online classes had actual interaction, albeit virtually and over the past 18 months I’ve gotten pretty good at using Zoom! It’s long been accepted that the world of IT in general is a male-dominated field and one of the things that drew me to CAPSLOCK in particular was the emphasis on bringing more women into cybersecurity. I’m used to working in male dominated arenas thanks to my time in Procurement with a large construction and facilities management company. Most of the teams I’ve worked in have been have had a male majority which has meant I’ve always had to try a little bit harder to make my voice heard. Though it’s been tough at times I believe this experience has helped to build confidence in myself and has made me stronger in general. The course was totally unlike anything I’ve ever done before and I wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed in for the first day of class, but the breadth of knowledge I have gained and the friends I have made have completely changed the direction of my career in such a small amount of time it’s hard to believe!
During my time with CAPSLOCK I began the process of creating a portfolio from my classwork and looking for employment, another humongous task to complete alongside classes and revision for certifications but I’ve always loved a challenge! It was during this search I was fortunate enough to come across a role advertised for Titan Labs. After doing some research into the company and the job role I decided to take a punt at an application, even if I did feel a bit unprepared to step out into this foreign world!
From that first email to Jennie something seemed to click, and I felt excited about employment for the first time in a long time. I was nearing the end of a tough 16-week course, had secured three certifications while building up to a fourth, and was on my way to a new adventure. I sent my portfolio across and, as they say, the rest is history!
Of course, the learning hasn’t stopped just because I have now ended my time at CAPSLOCK. Now I’m settled in at Titan Labs I can put the theoretical knowledge I have gained through CAPSLOCK into practice, and I have the support of the team to really build on the skills I have acquired. I have begun a certification with one of our partners, MicroFocus, so I can deliver advice and interact efficiently with their ArcSight platform. I’m also familiarising myself with Azure Sentinel and brushing up on my Python coding while my list of challenges and responsibilities just keeps growing! I’m finally excited to go to work in the morning, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!