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Karthik

Manager, Risk

"I’ve been given the opportunity to work with a number of Cyber professionals who have contributed to the security community in more than one way."

I’ve been given the opportunity to work with a number of Cyber professionals who have contributed to the security community in more than one way. People might be the weakest security link but they sure are my strongest assets.

Cyber security is a lot like serious detective work - identifying unknown flaws and vulnerabilities, and finding a solution to stop them. I enjoy figuring out how to manipulate something to work in a certain way and my role has helped me recommend better practices which prevent adversaries from manipulating my client’s systems. I’m a Manager in the Cyber Security team in Birmingham. I joined the firm almost five years ago on the graduate programme and have had so much exposure across different areas in the time I’ve been here.

Working for a team like Cyber Security, I learn something new every day, this fascinates me and makes work enjoyable, not monotonous. There’s so much to learn from the people I work with, and they come with a breadth of knowledge from so many areas. I also enjoy the way I’m able to contribute to the safety of huge enterprises from cyber attacks. The opportunity to be the face of PwC whilst talking with the clients and learning efficient techniques to keep information, applications and systems secure further enhances my experience at the firm.

Cyber Security is an area that has exploded over the past few years, and will only continue to grow. It’s a place where I’m constantly challenged and need to remain up to date on all aspects of the industry. Translating a technical cyber challenge in simple, plain english and making a non-technical executive understand the real threat is more than financial loss is one of the biggest challenges I face every day.

With enhanced incorporation of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, the threat landscape has increased multifold. The information that could be processed by these systems, like personal identifiable information, including biometric details and medical information, have increased over the years. It’s of utmost importance that we safeguard this information from misuse, mishandling and manipulation. This means cyber security would slowly move from 70% manual configuration and monitoring to 100% orchestration with minimal human intervention.

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