SAFIYYAH AZIZAN

Eth­i­cal hacker

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IN First News’ in­ter­views and on­line films, you’ll meet lots of dif­fer­ent peo­ple with lots of dif­fer­ent jobs! BT has been find­ing out how tech­nol­ogy is chang­ing jobs and what skills peo­ple need to make the most of it. What I do

I’m a pen­e­tra­tion tester in BT Se­cu­rity. We do eth­i­cal hack­ing, which means find­ing flaws in our cus­tomers’ net­works be­fore the bad guys. Our ul­ti­mate goal is to help cus­tomers im­prove their net­work se­cu­rity.

How I got my job

I joined through BT’s grad­u­ate pro­gramme as a net­work de­signer. Later, I saw an in­ter­nal ad­vert for a role in the pen­e­tra­tion test­ing team. Af­ter car­ry­ing out a series of hack­ing chal­lenges, I got the job.

What I love about my job

Play­ing with some­thing dif­fer­ent every week. I may be hack­ing into a mo­bile de­vice to­day and look­ing at web ap­pli­ca­tions to­mor­row. Learn­ing about them all is fun, but be­ing able to break them is thrilling.

What is dif­fi­cult about my job

Be­cause I’m play­ing with dif­fer­ent tech­nolo­gies, I need to be a fast learner, which is chal­leng­ing.

What skills I need

You need to be able to think log­i­cally and cre­atively. You need to un­der­stand how the tech­nol­ogy and sys­tems work, but at the same time you need to think out of the box and have a hacker’s mind-set.

How I use tech­nol­ogy in my job

Be­sides hav­ing the right knowl­edge and skills, my team also has a set of dif­fer­ent tools that we use to au­to­mate long and com­pli­cated pro­cesses. For ex­am­ple, there’s an ap­pli­ca­tion that we run on a pow­er­ful com­puter that can help us crack seven-digit pass­words within a few hours. That saves us days try­ing all the pos­si­ble com­bi­na­tions.

How that has changed over my ca­reer

I need to keep up to date with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy be­cause it might be some­thing that I can use, or some­thing that hack­ers would like to abuse. I’ve def­i­nitely re­alised that tech­nol­ogy can be very use­ful yet dan­ger­ous if not prop­erly man­aged by the users them­selves.

Where young peo­ple should start if they want to do the job, too

There are tons of free on­line re­sources for learn­ing how to hack, but be care­ful you’re not do­ing any­thing il­le­gal. The Depart­ment for Dig­i­tal, Cul­ture, Me­dia and Sport (DCMS) is launch­ing a Cy­ber Schools Pro­gramme aimed at Y10 stu­dents and up­wards. Through games and chal­lenges, you’ll learn about dig­i­tal foren­sics, de­fend­ing web at­tacks, pro­gram­ming and cryp­tog­ra­phy. It’s also worth­while re­search­ing cy­ber­se­cu­rity in­tern­ships for the fu­ture. To find out more about Safiyyah’s cool job and the other in­ter­est­ing roles involved in keep­ing us safe from hack­ers, watch our brand-new Just The Job film at first.news/hack­ers. You can also find out more at www.join­cy­berdis­cov­ery.com.

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