A leading cyber security company is calling for more women to enter the industry – after taking on a third year university student.
She is working as a Junior Consultant for Cyber Essentials and is putting into practice what she has been learning.
It is a traditionally male-dominated sector, but C3IA Solutions’ security director Matt Horan says there is no reason why it should be.
He said: “We are keen to take on more women and are encouraging them to enter the industry.
“It is a relatively new sector and historically has been male dominated, but with new university courses and greater awareness we hope the numbers will balance out in the future.
“It is not only something that younger students should consider, but also those looking to change career.
“We’re delighted that universities such as Bournemouth have started courses and are training people like Lucy.
“She is helping businesses achieve their Cyber Essentials certification and we’re giving her an introduction to all aspects of the business.
“We recently took Lucy on a Technical Surveillance Counter Measure’s (TSCM) job – known as bug sweeping.
“Cyber security is not just for the highly technical-minded; there are roles for all sorts of people.”
Lucy, from Shirley in Southampton, said: “This is my third year on the BSc course in cyber security management and I’m getting a really good grounding at C3IA.
“It is great being on site and interesting doing the work for real and putting what I have learned into practice.
“I studied IT at college and cyber security really interested me, which is why I chose it for university.
“On my course there are far more men than women but I’d encourage everyone to look at cyber security as a career as it’s varied, interesting and there will be more jobs in it.”
C3IA Solutions based in Poole, Dorset, was among the first in the country to be certified by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).