It’s Candice Bowditch’s job to keep Google systems safe from hackers and other cyber security threats
Candice is a proud Indigenous Australian woman: she is Larrakia and Wadjigan from her father’s side and Arabunna from her mother’s side. Before landing her current role at Google, Candice completed a Bachelor of Computer Science at RMIT, a cyber security internship at Westpac and worked in a couple of different security and software roles. Now, as a blue team security engineer, it’s her job to detect cyber security threats to Google.
“A fun part of my job is being able to engineer new detections to be deployed across the fleet,” Candice says.
What does she enjoy most about her job? Writing code, identifying the tactics, techniques and procedures involved after analysing how a threat actor (that’s someone who wants to cause harm in the cyber realm) may operate, and what’s required to detect and mitigate these types of attacks.
Candice believes the cyber security industry is growing, leading to more jobs for new grads.
“There are now more pathways to cyber security. University is one path, but there are numerous quality short and free online courses, tutorials and security blogs, as well as industry accredited certifications,” she says.
Google proudly advertises that it doesn’t care whether or not you have a degree: what matters is that you’re skilled and nice to work with.
Watch Candice talk about her tech career in the below video:
Candice’s path to becoming a security engineer at Google
- Bachelor of Computer Science, RMIT
- CSIRO Indigenous Computer Science Cadetship
- Cyber security intern, Westpac
- Graduate information security advisor, Thames
- Software developer, Cydarm Technologies
- Security engineer, Google