Posted: 02 Feb. 2022 10 min. read

Quick-fire Q&A with Conor, Cyber Risk

"I’ve had an interest in computers since I was a child"

Could you tell us a bit about yourself, and your time at Deloitte so far? How did you end up in your current role?

I studied Computer Science and Software Engineering in Maynooth. I originally joined Deloitte through the graduate programme, so I became part of the Cyber team in 2019 straight out of college. I’ve had a big interest in computers ever since I was a child, when I used to make games using Flash on my parent’s old desktop PC, and I always knew I wanted to pursue a career with computers and technology in the future.

So far, my time at Deloitte has been a non-stop learning experience. Within my first month working with the team, I was already assisting on a number of high-profile engagements for clients both in Ireland and internationally. The world of cyber is an incredibly fast-moving industry which is definitely reflected in the type of work that I’ve been involved in - each day brings something new to learn.

Is there a part of your role you particularly enjoy, or parts of your role you’ve found unexpectedly challenging?

My favourite part of the job would have to be the client-facing aspect, particularly when it comes to working with clients’ IT teams to learn how different businesses operate, how their needs vary and the unique techniques and approaches they take to delivering cyber security in their organisations. Through this, I expand my own knowledge on certain topics or domains that I may not have considered before, and this mutual collaboration and relationship building between ourselves and our clients is something I look forward to on nearly every engagement I’ve worked on.

As it is for most people nowadays, the entire concept of working from home was a huge, unexpected challenge that I’ve had to face, particularly this year as I’m beginning to gain more responsibility and ownership over client engagements. While initially it was easy to feel overloaded, like I was working ‘by myself’ on projects, it was an important challenge to overcome to remind myself of all the resources and the wider team that were always willing and able to help.

My favourite part of the job would have to be the client-facing aspect, particularly when it comes to working with clients’ IT teams to learn how different businesses operate, how their needs vary and the unique techniques and approaches they take to delivering cyber security in their organisations.

 

What’s unique about the role or team you’re in?

I find the Cyber team unique due to the sheer range of different backgrounds, skill levels and experience everyone has, which I think is a hugely important thing to have within a team. There is a lot of diversity within the team which makes it quite different from previous roles that I had in the past.

What’s your favourite project you’ve worked on?

Probably my favourite project was a high-priority disaster recovery project for an international client this year. It was the first time I had the opportunity to work on a project of that scale before and work with the broader Deloitte cyber team from across the world. Not only was it a great opportunity for networking, but I also found that it greatly increased my understanding of the more technical aspects of computer systems and technology related to disaster recovery.

What are the main skills you’ve been able to develop in this role so far, and what do you want to focus on next?

When I first joined the team, I knew I wanted to focus primarily on developing my speaking and presentation skills. The managers I’ve worked with so far have been more than accommodating by allowing me to lead client calls and present my own slides/reports. This has greatly improved my overall confidence in not only speaking to clients, but also in improving my knowledge and use of technical language.

This year I want to focus on making use of more training opportunities to further my technical skills and become certified in more areas around cyber, which would allow me to work on more complicated and exciting projects.

What would we typically find you doing outside of work?

Typically I like to do amateur boxing with my local boxing club in my spare time at the weekends. I also have a big passion for reading and writing, and I’m currently working on a short sci-fi story that I’m hoping to finish before the end of the year. Finally, I’m currently taking online courses in programming to continue to develop my skills in Python and Java.

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About the author

Conor Brady

Conor Brady

Consultant

Conor studied Computer Science and Software Engineering in Maynooth, and is a Consultant in the Cyber team within Deloitte's Risk Advisory service line.