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Consultancy; Views from the inside

Although some Cybersecurity companies claim to take a 'people centric' approach to Cybersecurity, they seem reluctant to introduce you to their consultants... well, here is Tunde Martins.


(Not just a smart dresser, but the best smile in the industry! 😁)

We also believe he's doing a fantastic job!


But we wanted to hear what Tunde thinks of life as a Cybersecurity Consultant.


This is Tunde... and this is what he had to say....


Take it away Tunde!


Introduction

Stepping into the realm of Cyber Security Consulting so far has been both an exciting and challenging experience for me.


Reflecting on my first month within the industry, I’m astounded at the wealth of knowledge I have gained, the invaluable skills I’ve developed in such a short time, the insights I’ve witnessed and been exposed to and the enhancement of my personal growth.


I hope these details of my experiences so far inspire and guide aspiring Cyber Security Consultants who are ready to embark on this exciting path.


What I’ve learned

The Cyber Security landscape is a dynamic and ever evolving field with changes on a daily basis. Within my first month, I realised it was crucial to stay abreast of the latest technologies, threats and defence mechanisms. I immersed myself in continuous learning by reading and enrolling on mini courses that explored various frameworks, industry standards and best practices.


From the Iso27001 to ISO14001, I have discovered the importance of adopting a comprehensive and adaptable approach to help protect organisations from the risks they face.


As a Cyber Security Consultant, I realised very quickly that the role extends beyond just technical expertise. Whilst technical knowledge is a vital element of the role, effective communication is just as important.


This is because you will be meeting with stakeholders from all walks of life and sometimes will have to explain complex technical solutions to people who aren’t technical.


You help bridge the gap between blurb and the businesses Cyber Security needs. Project management and problem-solving skills are equally just as important as you can be tasked with preparing a company for an Iso audit who maybe, does not have Cyber Security on their meeting Agenda yet, their official audit is just a matter of weeks away.


Remember; It’s all about people

Personality also goes a long way in this role as this will help you build long dependable relationships with customers and they will ensure their trust and confidence in your abilities.


Engaging in Cyber Security Consulting has provided me with numerous opportunities for personal growth. The field demands adaptability as new challenges arise constantly meaning no two days are the same.


I have learnt to embrace change and approach challenges with a flexible mindset. Additionally, I have become more resilient as dealing with security incidents and breaches can be mentally demanding. My ability to remain calm under pressure has significantly improved, allowing me to navigate complex critical situations more effectively.


Soft skills are hard!

My first month as a Cyber Security Consultant has allowed me to hone my technical AND soft skills. From conducting Gap Analyses to preparing businesses for their Iso 27001 audits, I have acquired practical experience in a wide range of areas. I have grasped how to analyse risks, identify vulnerabilities and recommend appropriate security measures.


My knowledge of auditing, compliance requirements and Iso standards has also been further enhanced. These skills have equipped me with the expertise to help businesses stay safe and compliant in accordance to Iso Worldwide Standards protecting them effectively.


I have also developed the ‘soft skills’ which are all too often more difficult to learn. From listening skills, to effective note-taking I feel I’m becoming a better communicator which is paramount for a Cyber Security Consultant.


Key Take-Aways

Although I have only been in the industry a short while, for those who are considering becoming a Cyber Security Consultant, I offer the following advice:


  1. Continuous Learning: The Cyber Security industry is a vast plane that is ever evolving and staying updated is essential. Engage in continuous learning through courses, certifications and conferences to enhance your knowledge and skills.

  2. Networking: Establish connections within the industry by attending Cyber Security events and joining professional associations. Networking provides opportunities for collaboration, knowledge sharing and career growth.

  3. Develop a skill set: Technical expertise is crucial however, don’t overlook the potential and importance of soft skills. For example, communication, project management and problem-solving. These are all important to have in the consulting field and will set you apart from the crowd.

  4. Embrace Challenges: Cyber Security is a field that is full of challenges and complexities. Embrace them as opportunities for growth and learning. And finally, always maintain a positive attitude and a willingness to adapt to the changing landscape.


Conclusion

My first month as a Cyber Security Consultant has been an exhilarating journey filled with immense learning and personal growth. I have met an eclectic mix of customers each with varying Cyber Security needs and it has been a pleasure helping them.


Has the journey so far been everything I expected when I embarked on my career change? The honest answer is no, it has surpassed my expectations and more. I really enjoy what I do, working for a great company with colleagues who make the job fun is also a bonus. I cannot thank them enough for the opportunity I have been given.


If you’re still on the fence about making the leap into Cyber Security Consulting after reading this, Just do it, you won’t look back.


Here’s to many more years in Cyber Security! 😎


Want to meet him?

If you want to work with Consultants Like Us, and specifically would like to meet Tunde, you can reach him on LinkedIn, or get in touch via our 'Contact us' here on this website.


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