MEMBER OF THE MONTH
Mo Ahddoud, Interim CISO & Cyber Security Adviser at MA Consulting Ltd has been chosen to be the first member of the month for SPA for his tremendous contribution to the association.
Mo has 20+ years of experience as a Cyber Security Consultant. He delivers security strategies in line with business needs and goals. Additionally Mo supports Cyber Security start-ups advising them on product growth and go to market strategies.
Mo has supported SPA with Cyber Security hand-outs that will help SPA members in implementing and following best practices in securing their devices and IT infrastructure.
We have interviewed Mo to find out more about his role in the security industry.
Q: Small description of who you are
A: I'm a Cyber Security Consultant who helps businesses of all sizes define and deliver their security strategy in line with business needs and goals. I also support Cyber Security start-ups advising them on product growth and go to market strategies.
Q: What's the best thing about your job?
A: I love the variety of people, sectors, and companies I get to work with. It is also really rewarding seeing a business build their security practices enabling them to become more secure and ultimately be more successful.
Q: How did you get to this position?
A: After my British Army career, I retrained in IT. This took me into a Firewall team piquing my interest in the cyber security world. I then progressed my career into a Cyber Security Manager role and then eventually became a CISO before venturing into consultancy.
Q: How long have you worked in this industry?
A: I have worked in the industry for over 20 years, but the industry is always evolving so I still continue to learn new things every day.
Q: What drew you to this field?
A: I think Cyber Security has a perception that its heavily technical and complicated. However, at its core it is really about problem solving. How do we keep a business secure whilst still enabling it to perform and grow? It’s this problem that I love to solve.
Q: How long have you been with this company?
A: I set up MA Consulting two years ago and in that time I have been extremely fortunate to offer my skills and experience to some amazing companies.
Q: Which has been more valuable in your career, your education or your experience?
A: I think it has to be a balance of the two. You need to be qualified if you want to be credible and really understand your field. This coupled with a wide range of experience and learning from your peers gives a well-rounded skillset so you can offer your customers a truly great service.
Q: How does this company differ from others you've worked for?
A: Unlike larger companies MA Consulting can offer a service beyond a business transaction. This allows me to really understand my customers’ needs and ensure the service I am providing really does deliver value and help them achieve their goals.
Q: What advice do you have for someone new to the industry?
A: I’d recommend joining networking groups such as the SPA but most importantly get involved and try to become active in the community. Either by volunteering or getting involved in groups. It can greatly improve your learning and build your network.
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