Stephanie Jensen
Stephanie Jensen
Security Senior Analyst, Australia
November 15, 2018

From Maternity Leave to Cybersecurity Career


I was a mom in my twenties on maternity leave with two young children. My husband was away with the Navy, and I had some spare time in the evenings when the kids went to bed.

I decided to explore career options.

Wanting to use my brain and find a hobby I could do with the resources I had available, I hopped online and began researching software development. I completed an online course.

Five years later, I’m a senior security analyst at Accenture.

My passion turned into a career
After completing a course in computer networking, I found my passion.

Fueled by curiosity, I became absolutely obsessed with learning about how networking components could be manipulated in certain ways to create unintended reactions.

As the partner of someone who works in national defense, I took an interest in security. I took every cybersecurity course I could find and attended security events, becoming active within the community.

By asking “what if” questions, I started to understand how attackers could exploit systems. Eventually, I earned a bachelor’s degree in information technology network security to gain a deeper understanding of computer networking.

I became a threat hunter
I soon found my passion in cyber resilience. My current security role lets me conduct a vast range of cybersecurity activities, including incident response, vulnerability management, risk assessments, threat intelligence and threat hunting.

There’s still much to be done in the security industry across the globe. Organizations do not fully understand the looming threats and the best ways to detect and mitigate them.

By combining strategic, operational and tactical threat intelligence with advance adversary simulations and proper threat hunting, we can place ourselves in a much better position to decrease each country’s cyberattack surface.

My future in cybersecurity
My dream job is a role that includes security research. My primary passion is offensive security, and I love discovering creative ways to exploit systems and how an attacker may compromise or interact with a system.

I would love to lead advance adversary simulations, crafting simulated attacks that will encompass social engineering and physical security. I would also love to research advanced persistent threats and in-house vulnerability and focus on exploitation research and development.

Clearly, cyberthreats are not going away, and protecting the world against them means we need as many diverse skills and backgrounds as possible. All it takes is a little curiosity.

For anyone interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity, whether you’re exploring hobbies on maternity leave or currently in another career, there’s so much opportunity.

Unlock your potential and do work that makes a difference in the world. Find your fit with the Accenture team.

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