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Grant Douglas - BSc Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures, 2013
What does your current job involve?

My current job as Security Consultant for Cigital, Inc involves many things relating to computer security: offering consultancy to clients who need aid in building things securely, attempting to break or defeat the security controls within client applications and websites, providing instructor lead training to client employees, contractors and more.

Do you have any advice for students?

If you're considering a role in computer security I cannot recommend it enough. IT is here to stay; the integration with everyday life is getting deeper and deeper as more of the world is connected than ever before - from heart monitoring software, computers in vehicles, wearable technology to banking from the palm of your hand. The industry needs more people to get into technology and security. If you like problem solving and are interested in security as a career, then get involved.

How important was your Abertay degree in helping you to pursue your career?

I believe that my degree from Abertay was very important in starting my career in IT security. Not only was the degree essential, but the attention and focus that the course draws from organisations within the IT market, allowed me to get in contact with the best options for me early on, before I even graduated.

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