Liam Hagan works as a security consultant for Nettitude.

I'd like that job: Liam Hagan, security consultant at Nettitude

During his degree in ethical hacking and network security Liam spent a year in industry, working at Nettitude. Upon completion of his course he was offered a full-time position with the cyber-security firm.

What’s your name?

Liam Hagan.

Age?

I’m 24.

Where do you work?

Nettitude, a cybersecurity consultancy.

What's your job title?

Security consultant.

How long have you been doing that?

18 months.

How did you get there?

I completed a degree in ethical hacking and network security at Coventry University. As part of my degree I worked for a year in the security industry. This year was spent working as a junior security consultant at Nettitude. I learnt a lot over the year and found it made my final year at university much easier. Upon completing my degree I was offered my current position.

What's the work and day-to-day experience like?

Working in this industry leads to a very varied workload. Some days involve going to client offices to carry out security assessments of their internal networks, whilst other days may involve setting up and carrying out phishing campaigns aimed at assessing how susceptible a company is to social engineering attacks.

What's the best thing about the job?

There are a lot of positive aspects to my job, making it tough to pick just one. The variety of work is a definite highlight. However, I think the best thing is the challenge it provides. Technologies and the ways in which they are implemented are constantly changing, therefore finding new ways to bypass and exploit them is always a challenge.

And the worst?

The toughest part of my job would have to be report writing. At the end of each engagement we have to write up our findings; it can be a bit of a challenge to explain fairly technical issues in a manner that can be understood by non-technical individuals. However, it’s always worth it in the end. Getting good feedback from clients who have been able to improve their security posture from the work we’ve done definitely helps.

What has been your career highlight to date?

I’ve been really lucky to be involved in some great engagements at Nettitude. Working as part of a team to carry out assessments of multi-billion pound companies and banks have been some of the highlights. 

How would you describe life as a security consultant?

Working as a security consultant is good fun. There is a good variety of work in the field of information security and it’s an interesting time to work in this area as companies are beginning to take their cybersecurity more seriously. 

What did you expect when you started work?

As the information field was fairly new to me when I started I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Due to the nature of the work we do I’m constantly surprised by things we come across. It’s sometimes quite scary to see some of the lack of security implemented by organisations we all trust with our personal information on a regular basis.

Is there any advice you’d like to pass on to those about to enter a similar workplace?

Keep learning. This field is constantly changing and evolving, if you don’t keep up with new technologies, new vulnerabilities and new techniques you’ll quickly fall behind. 

What do you think you'll do next?

My plan is to continue with my current role and keep developing my skills.

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