Ivor Cook learned plenty about security while serving in the Army. After leaving the military as a Warrant Officer, he then expanded on his skills to forge a successful new career with tech giant IBM where he secured the role of Senior Security Consultant. Two years on, he’s now promoted to Information Assurance Team Deputy Lead & Information Security Manager.
“When the time came to hang up my uniform, I had a hard time picturing my next adventure. I had training and experience in security, plus the leadership and management skills that came with military service,” said Ivor.
Initially interested in a security-related career in the private sector, Ivor soon realised that the cyber security sphere was rapidly evolving focused on looking into ways that he could get into cyber, which is when he came across SaluteMyJob.Ivor then began his transition into cyber security by attending one of SaluteMyJob’s free IBM delivered cyber security courses at Corsham Institute in Wiltshire.
“I did a five–day course on QRadar, an IBM product that detects threats to IT systems and then, through SaluteMyJob, I applied to IBM because I valued their elegant solutions and wanted to be part of that. My role as a Senior Security Consultant at IBM involved assessing risks and reducing their threat”.
Experienced in assessing threats and risk from his time in the Army, Ivor believes that it was his military experience that made him a good fit for a role in cyber: “The journey I made was understanding that cybersecurity is not a niche that can be ignored, but represents a domain which is so intrinsic to every part of our lives; at work and at home. I think that specific skills can be learned but that military personnel come with a set of in-built skills which can’t be taught like confidence, the ability to talk to people, to take responsibility, to organise and to plan, as well as an ingrained security mindset.”