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Shanis Lovin

Digital forensics expert

Shanis Lovin traces the footprints left by cyber criminals – but there’s more to her job than coding and tech.

Everything we do online leaves a digital footprint. Shanis is one of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s (CBA) 2020 Enterprise Services graduates and a member of the digital forensics team. Her job is to make sure data is recorded as evidence for trials or investigations. “None of this evidence can be messed with, just like in real life,” she says.

Shanis started out with CBA in the summer holiday internship program while studying for a Bachelor of Information Technology at Macquarie Uni. She gained some great experience in software development and operations (DevOps) and stayed on as a part-time intern until she moved on to cyber security after finishing her degree.

“In the grad program you can do anything,” she says, adding that the rotations between different teams helped her choose her current career path.

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Not just tech skills

Shanis says one of the big surprises when starting out in cyber security was the number of roles available and the range of skills needed.

“A lot of the roles aren’t technical,” she says. For example, the cyber-strategy team uses problem-solving skills to keep the bank secure and communicates these solutions to other teams. The cyber outreach team shares information about cyber security with the general public and teach people how to stay safe online, and interpersonal skills are important across all cyber roles.

“Communicating with people is important, as is your knowledge and understanding of how attacks happen,” says Shanis. She adds people management, collaboration, critical thinking and innovation to the list of useful skills.

“You need to think outside the box. Attackers are not going to take the easy route.”

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Give it a shot

During her degree and internship, Shanis tried everything from video-game coding and computer graphics to web development and cryptography. Cyber security may sound mysterious or even intimidating, but Shanis says it’s a fun experience with a supportive team. “It’s worth giving it a shot. You’ll never know unless you try!”

Shanis’ study and career pathway

This article is brought to you in partnership with CBA and originally appears in Careers with STEM: Tech 2020.

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