Whether he’s probing an organisation’s systems to find a weakness, or bombarding a challenge with loads of ideas, Cyber Consultant Hugh’s always on the attack. In a nice way, of course.
When did you join Deloitte and what is your role?
I joined Deloitte in September 2018, as part of the graduate intake. I work as a Consultant in the Cyber Attack team, who test the security of organisations by attempting to break into their systems.
Currently, I’m spending a lot of my time preparing for exams I’m taking to gain various industry certifications. Alongside this, I’ve been actively involved in the development of some internal tools.
What made you pursue a career in your field?
I’ve been interest in cyber security since my early teens, but my time studying Computer Science at university really developed this interest, especially in the offensive side of cyber security; thinking like a hacker.
As I was preparing to graduate, I saw the opportunity advertised by Deloitte, and it looked perfect for my interests and skills. I wanted a job that was both fun and challenging, and cyber security offers both.
What do you like best about working for Deloitte?
The people. At my interview, it became clear to me that there’s a very warm and friendly atmosphere here. On the graduate induction I made some great friends, and my regional office is filled with brilliant people who are amazing sources of both knowledge, and good conversation.
What were your top four most memorable achievements in 2018?
2018 was a big year for me, full of exciting experiences and challenges.
Early in the year, a web store I created started to take off, providing me with invaluable real-world business experience. In July I gained my BSc in Computer Science – a very satisfying culmination of three years’ hard work. Following my graduation, I went on to be offered the job here, of which I am very proud. And in the last quarter, I finally found myself in the position to order myself my dream car.
Looking back on 2018, what were your key motivation drivers; how did your creativity help you overcome professional challenges?
Throughout 2018, I’ve been driven by ‘unlocking the next door’. Every challenge I’ve faced, I have persevered, keeping the eventual results of my efforts in mind: Where will completing ‘x’ take me?
The biggest thing I learned was when the goal is in sight, but you don’t know how to get there, the best way to come up with a good idea is to have lots of ideas. Thinking creatively and generating lots of potential solutions to a problem will eventually result in the basis of a solid idea and plan.
Goals. Challenges. Big ideas. If you like the sound of a career with lots to aim at, apply for opportunities in Cyber.