We’re proud of our talented workforce. That’s why we’re excited to introduce a new series of employee success stories, as a way of celebrating the accomplishments and progression of our staff.
First up is Jack, who initially joined us for his placement year whilst studying at university, quickly proving to be a perfect fit for the company. He made such a great impression that we asked him to come back after graduation!
We asked Jack a few questions about his studies, his placement year, and what it’s like to work as a Cyber Security Engineer at Air IT…
What did you study at university?
I studied Computer Systems (Forensics and Security) at Nottingham Trent University, graduating in 2020. The course taught all of the essentials required to identify security risks and preventative measures. For example, some of the subjects I studied include digital forensic investigations, and advanced topics in cyber security.
What does your average day at work look like?
On a daily basis, I tend to deal with security alerts that are raised for both Air IT and our clients. I’ll analyse the alert, identify any key aspects that point towards the reason it was flagged, and then take the appropriate action to resolve it.
Another responsibility of mine is to review the internal vulnerability status of the business and research the appropriate resolutions, so the business remains secure and compliant.
Why did you reach out to Air IT for your placement year?
When looking for a role for my placement year at university, there were a few key factors that made me choose Air IT.
I was eager to develop as much as possible and it was clear that, at Air IT, I could learn from some of the best cyber security engineers and vendors in the industry (such as AT&T Cybersecurity, Cisco and Webroot). It really appealed to me that the team are so passionate about what they do, constantly updating their knowledge to find out how new threats are evolving. It was important for me to see first-hand the challenges that are faced in the real world in addition to my studies, and Air IT offered a great opportunity to get an insight into this.
Another of the main reasons was the welcoming culture and company values that Air IT embrace within the business. Although the idea of moving into the IT industry for the first time was daunting, I was welcomed into the business and started working in the Security Operations Centre (SOC) straightaway with support and guidance from the team.
Why did you wish to return to Air IT after you graduated?
There were a number of reasons – not only was I eager to be part of the team and its culture once again, but knowing that there are plenty of opportunities for internal progression in the business is also exciting. Despite what’s happening in the world at the moment, it’s great to be able to start my career in cyber security straight out of university, in a company that’s going from strength to strength.
I also enjoyed the fact that I was able to work with a wide range of clients every day – it’s rewarding to know that I play a part in keeping businesses safe from cybercrime. My placement year was a great opportunity to help businesses of all sizes and sectors, and I was excited to be able to do that again when I was offered a permanent job after graduation.
How have things changed/stayed the same since you returned?
One of the biggest changes from my placement year is the fact that home working is now the norm throughout the business due to the current climate.
Even though I do miss working in the office, we have plenty of tools at our disposal which means I don’t miss out on anything, neither professionally nor socially. We’ve been using Microsoft Teams to organise team meetings, company-wide quizzes, and some of us who recently started even had biscuits delivered to our houses for a virtual catch-up! I’ve definitely had a warm welcome back even though we’re all working remotely.
☕🍪 On Wednesday, some of the most recent additions to Air IT enjoyed a virtual chat with CEO John Whitty, to catch up and get to know each other a little better. The complimentary biscuits were enjoyed by all… #WeAreAirIT pic.twitter.com/L9NGr08Jry
— Air IT Ltd (@AirITLtd) October 23, 2020
How do you think Air IT will help with your career progression and development?
I’m currently reviewing multiple certifications that I can undertake, to help me be better prepared for any alerts that may be flagged in the future. It’s exciting to play a part in keeping clients safe as part of a team at the forefront of the industry.
All the cyber security engineers I work with are fully certified by industry-leading bodies like CREST and OSCP, which qualify you to carry out ethical hacking techniques such as penetration tests. Eventually, I’d like to achieve this status myself so that I can help businesses identify and resolve hidden vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers. We’re always keeping up to date with the latest developments through our various memberships and partners too, so I’m confident that Air IT will play a key part in helping me learn as much as possible so I can continually learn and develop and push my career to new heights.
I’ve had lots of support already in terms of my development and training. Everyone at Air IT is always willing to help which, for someone who is taking the first steps in my career after university, is vital in helping me take the right steps in the direction I want to go.