Dan is an IT Security Consultant for ECS, working from Nationwide House.
I always knew I wanted to work in IT – growing up my Dad was the Head of the IT department for a school. He was always bringing back equipment for me to play with and learn how to use.
I’d also found IT helped me with my dyslexia, as it provided me with tools to assist with things like spelling and grammar.
I’m currently an IT Security Consultant for ECS, who have been brought in to support Nationwide’s ‘Vulnerability management team’ within group security. Day to day the team are responsible for detecting and reporting any potential vulnerabilities within IT systems across the society, before they can become an issue.
The project I’m currently working on has provided a good oversight of the diversity of the teams within Nationwide; we help increase the number of systems the team are scanning and help review and recommend improvements to process and procedure.
“ I’d recommend Nationwide as somewhere to work; they don’t have a fixed mould of the type of person that they look for, that said - someone who is outgoing and friendly would do well ”
You’re not just your day job
A lot of people tend to try and separate work from their social/home life, but as I enjoy tech so much I tend to carry on outside of work too!
I’ll often write software in my spare time whether it’s to solve a problem (for both work and pleasure), to review the security of another product, or sometimes just for the sake of it.
More recently my son has started getting into football, so I’ve used it as an excuse to get back into it myself (while also forcing myself into the gym to I can keep up with him!)
I also enjoy finding nice restaurants and pubs and dream of starting my own real-ale brewery and country pub one day.
Getting to work
Traveling North on a Friday is particularly difficult, with more people either returning from work or going away for the weekend: I’d recommend working from home and avoiding Friday travel if you can.
Would I recommend Nationwide as an employer?
Having worked in several financial organisations you tend to find people can be very defensive and protective when talking about vulnerabilities or IT Security as a whole. Nationwide has been different; as a whole everyone has been open and helpful when talking about what needs to be done and what’s achievable. Since being here, everyone I’ve worked with or spoken to has been friendly and helpful- while the Management I’ve dealt with have listened and acted on items we’ve discussed. That doesn’t always happen in a lot of larger organisations.
I’d recommend Nationwide as somewhere to work; they don’t have a fixed mould of the type of person that they look for, that said - someone who is outgoing and friendly would do well.
What’s surprised me most is that they want to ensure that employs are happy working here, and therefore do try to include and engage with everyone.