Nayema, Senior Associate, Cyber Security

University College London (UCL), Msci Information Management for Business

Graduated: 2014

Joined PwC: 2017

What is your job?

I work within the Financial Services Cyber Security team. I work with various clients to help them solve problems in relation to an aspect of security. One day I could be working on a maturity assessment to see how well a client is performing in a specific area, and the next be actively helping to resolve security-related issues they may have, for example to meet an internal audit requirement or deadline.

What does a typical day look like for you?

No two days are the same, which is why I enjoy my role, I get to work on various projects simultaneously. A typical day starts off by checking my emails and calendar, a key aspect to my role is to be organised as my day may consist of a number of client meetings, internal meetings, or reviewing and working on various deliverables.

What is the best thing about your job?

The variety of the role. I never thought I would get to work with as many clients as I have, it really gives me a great understanding of the industry as a whole. The additional perks are a bonus; the flexibility of how and where we work as well as the travelling is always great fun.

How did you get into your job?

After completing my degree in technology and business, I joined a technology graduate scheme as I wanted to  make sure that I used the knowledge I gained from my degree in practice. I worked on various technology-led projects which led me to cyber security, and I haven’t looked back since!

What skills do you need in your job?

There is the assumption that if you would like to work within cyber security, you need to be technical. This is not always the case. While I do have a technology background which has helped me gain an understanding of the importance of cyber security within the industry, there’s also just a need to be willing to learn, a good communicator, proactive and organised. I would put an emphasis on the softer skills, such as building a rapport with clients and being able to confidently present to stakeholders.

What's the best advice you've been given?

Learn to manage upwards. For example, by sending regular status updates to your managers before they ask you for it, it just makes their job a little easier and everything a bit smoother.

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about looking for a career in cyber security?

Do your research to get a real understanding around the importance of security and what the role entails. There is a lot of focus around ethical hacking and ransomware, but cyber security can include a lot more than that, and as the world evolves and the threat continues to increase, there is a greater need for consultants with a cyber focus.

What would have been your plan B if you weren't in this role?

A Maths teacher, as I enjoy solving problems and sharing knowledge with others.

Nayema - Cyber Security