Growing up, Ash Lennox-Steele was into gaming and computers. “They just make sense to me,” she says, “so I was pretty sure I would get something out of a degree in computer science. I just didn’t know what.”
In her final year, Ash still didn’t know what she wanted to do when she finished her degree. Then she found what she was looking for in a lecture about cybersecurity.
“I’m a big fan of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo but the Hollywood portrayal of hackers in hoodies has nothing to do with cybersecurity. I learnt so much from that lecture and I walked out thinking ‘That’s what I want to do’.”
Ash says she also learned the value of studying something you think you might like, and being patient.
“I had no idea what I wanted to do for a long time but pretty much everyone feels the same. You’ve got to trust that you’ll work it out.”
After finishing a Masters of Information Security and Digital Forensics at Auckland University of Technology, Ash started working as a Security Analyst with New Zealand’s state-owned TV network, TVNZ.
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“It’s impossible to describe what a typical day looks like because I don’t have one,” says Ash.
“It’s a dynamic role that changes every day and I love that variety. Our team works across the TVNZ network and infrastructure. Our goal is to make TVNZ as secure as possible from cybersecurity threats. I’ve never considered the dark side of hacking. Hollywood makes hackers look cool but my conscience is too ethical for that.” – Robert Tighe
Ash’s career pathway:
>> Master Of Information Security and Digital Forensics, AUT
>> Security Analyst, TVNZ
This article was brought to you in partnership with the Auckland University of Technology. It was originally published in our special edition of Careers with STEM: Cybersecurity 2019. You can read the e-magazine for free online here.
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