Alexandra Eyerman
Alexandra Eyerman
Security Consulting Senior Analyst, San Francisco
November 30, 2018

My Accidental Cybersecurity Career

You probably don’t think about it often, but your digital identity is your portal to online transactions. Think shopping, banking—things you probably do every day.

It’s like showing your passport at airport security. Like your physical ID, your digital identity tells online retailers or banks who you are when on their websites.

You also probably don’t think much about the people and technology behind the scenes working to keep your digital identity safe.

That’s where people like me come in.

Cybersecurity is not just online passwords
Cybersecurity is so much more than having a complicated, hard-to-remember password or deciding whether to click (or not) on suspicious email links.

I’m part of a team working behind the scenes to analyze incoming network traffic for dubious activity. We also spend a lot of time strategically thinking of ways to stay steps ahead of where technology is headed to ensure our clients’—and their users’—data is safe.

My path to a security career
My work in the Accenture Digital Identity practice goes beyond just usernames and passwords to safeguard digital properties for clients. We design and implement entire digital identity systems, helping clients to make their online user experiences secure, easy to use and accurate.

My career path into security was somewhat accidental.

I first learned about security methods like encryption through college coursework. My interest turned into an internship with Accenture, where I worked on building a proof of concept. It was there that I realized the importance of this exciting and growing space. My technical background loved the consulting side of the business, and I took the leap from there.

Turning insights into action
I’m currently working on an exciting project with an international not-for-profit client, writing a whitepaper about the importance and qualities of digital identity. We’re setting up a framework to measure these qualities to help system owners understand how their digital identity stacks up—allowing them to see what’s working and what’s not.

I love doing strategic, broad, impactful work. I do a lot of research and learn from the best and the brightest in the industry. Helping clients turn ideas and insights into action is very cool.

I’m also involved in other exciting initiatives, such as exploring use cases for blockchain in digital identity. I saw the impact it can have on a global scale through our work with ID2020, which allows people everywhere to establish a trusted digital identity.

Threats and technologies are constantly changing, and cybersecurity is a growing field with lots of opportunity.

If you are looking for exciting work that makes a global impact, find your fit with Accenture.

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