Akhilesh Soni

What drives me to work:   My quest of learning something new each day is what drives me to work every morning. CyberSecurity is a very dynamic field and it demands that the professionals, who are part of it, are updated with the latest technological trends so, as to adequately protect the underlying systems (applications, […]

What drives me to work:

 

My quest of learning something new each day is what drives me to work every morning. CyberSecurity is a very dynamic field and it demands that the professionals, who are part of it, are updated with the latest technological trends so, as to adequately protect the underlying systems (applications, databases, networks and operating systems etc.) from the cyber attackers/ hackers and insiders etc. My field gives me the right platform to satisfy my quest.

 

My usual work day:

 

Under the CyberSecurity consulting space I have a number of responsibilities like, leading and managing consulting engagements, helping clients build their information security strategy and roadmap. I also deliver various pre-sales engagements, develop detailed project delivery methods and participate in various client visits.

 

Skills for Security Consultant

 

CyberSecurity is very dynamic and very fast paced, and there has been a constant need for professionals, who can keep pace with the rapidly changing threat landscape and attack vectors. You must have the ability to seamlessly apply adequate technical, administrative and physical security safeguards, to protect the large amount of data that is generated by use of emerging technologies such as cloud, mobile, analytics, social, IoT, block chain and OT etc.

As for qualification a practitioner with a bachelor/ master degree in technology or CyberSecurity is preferred for this role.

 

My Aim:

 

In my role, as a Manager with the CyberSecurity Strategic Consulting, I aim to achieve the following:

  • Gain utmost knowledge and skills, to be a strong advocate in CyberSecurity
  • To become a thought leader in my field
  • Become a practice leader

 

Overcoming Challenges in work:

 

Challenges that I face in my day to day work life. To name a few, conflict resolution, resource management for projects and stakeholder management.

Capgemini CSU Leadership team provides full support and adequate guidance to me in order to overcome these challenges

 

What motivates me?:

 

There are various things that keep me motivated at my job,

  • Exponential learning curve learning opportunities at Capgemini
  • Strong leadership support Support of leaders
  • Company sponsored technical certifications & trainings
  • Work life balance
  • Performance incentives
  • Rewards and recognitions

 

How Capgemini empowers me?:

 

There are various benefits that I receive at Capgemini that empower me. Career development and prospect, opportunities to learn and grow professionally and a great reward and recognition scheme, to name a few.

 

What makes me Proud?:

 

I was given the responsibility of representing Capgemini at various global/ local events where, I had to showcase the entire portfolio of services that we offer as part of CyberSecurity. Since, I had not represented any organization at such large events in the past; I feel that getting & successfully executing such opportunities was a proud moment for me.

Apart from that, there were several instances, where I was called to manage some of the most challenging situations including customer/ internal project stakeholder escalations. I managed them pretty well which was very well appreciated by the management, which also made me proud.

 

Why Capgemini? :

 

One should join Capgemini CyberSecurity team for a good work-life balance, career growth, learning opportunities and rewards and recognition.

 

Advice for aspiring Architects

 

  • Learn the art of keeping oneself updated with the latest technological trends/ advancements so, as to secure the underlying systems with the adequate set of security controls
  • Get the basics right by self studies/ professional training courses
  • Get clear understanding of the approach to be followed to deliver complex CyberSecurity projects
  • Bag some security certifications like CISSP, CRISC, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CPISI, CCSP etc.
  • Learn the art of resource/ people management