Paul Barsamian

Digital Security Lead, Digital Tech Architect Principal

Chicago, Illinois

"What brought me back to Accenture were the people and the collaborative culture; it felt like coming home."

What I Do

I left Accenture in 2000 and learned a few hard lessons when the dot-com bubble burst. What brought me back were the people, collaborative culture and the support of this unbelievable organization that is really interested in you and what you bring to the table. It felt like coming home.

I have worked in nearly every vertical on security projects of every shape and size. I previously led security work across North America for our Communications, Media & Technology operating group, and was also the North America Security Operations Lead internal to Accenture. I am now the Digital Security Lead within Interactive, where I provide quality assurance and review for critical client security solutions.

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A Day In My Life

I develop software prototypes for internet of things (IoT) business models, and I created one for a major agricultural firm. With an estimated 9.6 billion people on the planet by 2050, overall food production will need to double in a relatively short period of time to meet demand. This is a very rewarding space to work in, figuring out how digital technologies and analytics can help address this significant challenge.

I am also Accenture's lead on drone and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology and integration. I began piloting unmanned aircraft in the early 2000s, and opened a small business that provides aerial services, engineering and integration. As Accenture began working in this space, I was able to combine my personal interests with my client work. I now advise Accenture clients on operations, software, services, integration and strategy for the use of unmanned systems and connected devices.

“We innovate, we deliver, and high performance requires variety that you can contribute to.”

My Advice

Come home!

Seriously, this is the same firm in so many good ways that you left when you went to spread your wings, and the stuff you might not have liked has changed significantly. We have career paths for folks in a multitude of skillsets, and the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well here. We innovate, we deliver, and high performance requires variety that you can contribute to.

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