I have chosen a career in cybersecurity because it is a growth area. Cybersecurity has become a critical aspect of any company. Also, when we talk about cybersecurity, we are opening up to a world of options, like application security, risk assessment, investigation compliance, etc. This is certainly not a boring career!
I started working in the networks field in 2005, and since then, I have never stopped. There is always something to learn. Every day is a different day. Those new puzzles and access to a diverse set of backgrounds help me to become a better professional.
My main mission consists of working with the customers and together evaluate, plan, and implement the security systems that protect their IT infrastructure and data.
Since the pandemic, our lives have changed a bit. I start working around 8 am: I read my emails, check tickets, I have videoconferences with my teammates, and spend the rest of the day focusing on our customers. I normally leave work at around 5:30 pm. This gives me time to cook, to do some CrossFit, or to ride my bicycle around the city, which I love.
It is easy to say that this is the land of the best waffles and chocolate. There are beers for all tastes too. But what I like the most is the architecture. It is so pleasant to ride my bike and see breathtaking architecture wherever you look at.
Being part of a big company like Orange is already a big development of my career in itself. In my opinion, to continue to evolve, training, coaching, mentoring, and leadership programs are necessary. I do not doubt that the company should be able to create opportunities for promotions and internal career advancements.
My advice is “Come abroad! Leave your comfort zone behind!” It is a unique opportunity to make friends and discover a new culture and different ways of working. It is the best opportunity to grow professionally and as a person.
What we usually see in movies are a lot of numbers on big screens, the good guys catching the hackers with a level of brilliance and sophistication beyond compare… but this is not true in the real world. Sometimes, you have to spend a lot of hours or even days, analyzing logs, applying patches, attending training, and reading security advisories, trying to figure out an issue that has been reported. I do not want to discourage anyone, but to let them know that if we have an exciting career, at the same time, we are not Hollywood movie stars. I may also insist on the fact that the pleasure of fixing an issue or resolving a problem is always absolutely worth the effort.
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