Unlike some of my colleagues, I did not fall for IT as a child. When it was presented to me in engineering school, I found it interesting. At the time, we didn’t hear much about hacking; it was still very confidential. When my classmates talked about it, I found it extremely interesting, even as a neophyte. I followed this course without any preconceived ideas; there was no reason why I couldn’t do it. Today, I do not regret my choice. Computer security has taken on a predominant place; first of all because you have to protect yourself. For companies, it is as much a necessity as a moral obligation.
At Ernst & Young, I carried out IT and security regulatory compliance audits. It was a great experience that helped me refine my career choice: in auditing, we could point out non-compliances but were not allowed to propose solutions. From this frustration was born my desire to do consulting.
I joined Orange Cyberdefense at its creation within the Consulting and Audit business unit. In 2016, this entity mainly carried out project management assistance missions, particularly on Identity and Access Management (IAM) subjects. I thus gained skills in more technical subjects. The dynamic was also stimulating already, Orange Cyberdefense was recruiting very varied profiles with entirely different experiences from mine. That’s exciting about being a consultant: you learn all the time, at all levels, and your progress primarily through contact with others.
When I was hired, I was hired as a team leader. I had already managed a team, and it was important for me to continue. Working with people, seeing them grow, evolve, leaving a certain shyness to gain confidence and autonomy are significant achievements.
This department already existed before I took over. When the person in charge left, I offered my help. I also asked other consultants to be part of it, to recreate a group dynamic. Today, we are very active. We do a lot of monitoring of cyber law, create training materials for internal and external use, develop new offers to meet our clients’ needs as closely as possible, and finally, we are working on the creation of specific deliverables to save time for our consultants.
I work a lot with my team; I love it. The best ideas come from comparing points of view. I am rarely alone on an assignment; I often bring a less experienced consultant with me, which helps us improve our skills. The transmission goes both ways; as consultants and managers, we have a lot to learn from the younger ones.
Human relations: being a consultant is above all about creating links with others, whether clients or consultants. Helping a client is also rewarding. We do a helpful job, which has meaning.
The arrival of my new supervisor was decisive. He gave me a lot of confidence, allowed me to take on more responsibilities, to express myself more. This made me grow and proved to me that what I was capable of. I was recently promoted, which is also a great proof of trust.
I took a training course financed by my former company. At the time, I worked in pairs with a lawyer, who also taught me a lot. I continued by learning on my own.
I would advise anyone to be curious, know how to adapt, be reliable, and be rigorous. Also, to succeed in this job, you need to know that you don’t necessarily have to be an expert. Knowing how to analyze information and being logical are the keys to success.
I want to continue in cybersecurity, enjoy my work, and evolve in an environment that I like and that is intellectually stimulating.
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