John Delmare
John Delmare
Security Consulting Senior Manager
October 30, 2018

My Unlikely (and Exciting) Cybersecurity Career

My Unlikely (and Exciting) Cybersecurity Career

We live in an always-on, connected world. Products like the Amazon Echo and smart TVs are in virtually every house, and apps are pervasive in our lives. Software is everywhere, leaving our privacy and data at risk in new ways.

The work we’re doing at Accenture Security allows us to use these new technologies with confidence and trust.

I collaborate with some of the most innovative companies in the world, helping them become more secure—especially in terms of creating and delivering products that earn their customers’ trust. This means embedding security deeply into the organization’s culture, product delivery processes and technology.

Reinvention all the time
My story is an example that reinvention is possible at any level.

I began my career at Accenture as a new college graduate, working in technology consulting. As an economics major, I was surprised to learn that I would spend the next couple weeks learning to code! My learning and reinvention started from day one.

From there, I held a variety of roles and gained experience in all phases of the software development lifecycle—from ideation through operation. As a new senior manager, I worked on a cloud security project, where I had a passion for bringing together the worlds of product development and security.

I went headfirst into learning this “in the new” skill, found great mentors and ultimately transferred into the security practice. Throughout the last several years, I put that experience to work developing Accenture’s DevSecOps offering and taking it to our clients.

Putting security at the heart of business
Every day, I work with cutting-edge platforms. I help clients think through the process of securing their environments and product development processes as they explore moving into the new, such as cloud native transformations, serverless implementations, hybrid cloud and other new products. This involves working with all the latest security technologies, such as runtime defense, container security, cloud security and application security tools.

We’re currently working on an exciting project, helping a global telecommunications company transform their product development process across thousands of apps to put security at the heart of it all. Many clients talk the talk, but this client truly is putting security into their DNA, and the whole Accenture team is proud to be a part of it.

Talented people and amazing opportunities
It’s the people that make Accenture great; I love working at a company where I am constantly impressed by those around me. It is the primary reason I’ve spent the last 12.5 years here, and why I am most proud to work at Accenture.

Beyond that, the breadth of opportunities available is hard to match. Where else can you work with the most innovative companies across so many dimensions of work?

Succeeding in security
Thinking about a career in cybersecurity? There’s a big misconception that we are all working in dark rooms, wearing hoodies. Not all of us can be that cool.

To be successful in security, as with any area of Accenture, find something to be “famous” for—whether it’s a technology, skill or signature achievement. Be the person everyone recognizes as the “go-to” for that, whether it be at the project, client or practice level.

But don’t stop there! Always push the envelope and keep growing; success at Accenture lies in constant personal growth. While many of us are great technical experts, those who excel position security as an enabler for clients. Find ways to clearly explain in everyday language how security is relevant, important and can add value to your client’s business.

Protect the world’s data and do work that truly makes a difference. Find your fit with the Accenture Security team.

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Nathan Misner • November 5, 2018

Excellent write-up, John! I too, seek to join the Cybersecurity field, and this post just has me so excited about the future!

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