I started at Prodrive in my third year of studying ICT, with a part-time service desk job. With the freedom to choose what I wanted to work on, I found fixing security issues to be the most fun. After a while, I was given the opportunity to shape the IT security program. That’s a great responsibility, but with a lot of freedom and a great team, this motivated me to really challenge myself and produce something great.
Today, I want to implement a few safeguards for our endpoint protection software. First thing this morning on my agenda is a meeting I attend from home. The incident response team goes through the incidents they investigated over the last week. We discuss any policy changes we need to make.
Around 10 AM, I arrive at work. A colleague asks me to help investigate an alert; there’s a weird device with no identifiable information attempting a brute force. After a bit of investigating, I managed to find the owner of a notebook connected to the same switch. He tells me that it’s probably an issue with the product he’s developing. We troubleshoot the issue together and I mark the alert as resolved.
I sit down at my desk and join a meeting to discuss a restructuring of our permissions structure. After some minor changes, the plan is approved, and the team can begin implementing the new structure. This will make it more secure and make managing the permissions a lot more manageable.
Pros and cons
You don’t just go to work, you feel responsible for your project
You decide when, where and how much you want to work
You like to think about manufacturability when designing
You don’t sit and wait, you have a hands-on mentality