Dan Mosca

Getting a helicopter to work - discover what life offshore is like for a Consulting Analyst in a cyber role.

BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking, 2014

What does your current job involve?

I'm part of management consultancy team that provides comprehensive cyber security assessments and engineering services to major Oil & Gas companies globally, and I work both on land and offshore.

Life offshore is a fantastic experience, especially in a cyber role. In the world of Operation Technology (OT) security you protect physical assets, equipment and most importantly life, whereas in Informational Technology (IT) security you protect information.

When working offshore you conform to the client’s operational hours which are 6am to 6pm or reverse if you are on night shift. You work 7 days a week as offshore life runs 24 hrs a day 365 days a year, but on the upside you get fed six times a day (in one shift that is) and take a helicopter ride to work.

The majority of assets all have spacious living recreational rooms and the rooms sleep four. From time to time during the day marine life like seals, dolphins and even whales can be seen. I have worked on a variety of fixed installations, FPSO's, Dive Support Vessels and onshore refineries. When working onshore I am either in the office suited and booted or on client site wearing bright orange overalls.

Abertay gives its students the chance to really make a lasting impression on their development and skillset.
Dan Mosca | PA Consulting Group | Consulting Analyst

What was your most memorable moment as a student?

I had too many memorable moments as a student to choose from, but one that stands out from the rest was when I walked onto the stage at my graduation ceremony. I had such a great feeling inside me after completing my degree.

What is your lasting impression of Abertay and Dundee?

It's a University that gives its students the chance to really make a lasting impression on their development and skillset in a wonderful city steeped in culture.

Do you have any advice for students coming to Abertay?

Find the right balance between study and social life. Get involved in all the extracurricular activities and society/sport opportunities the University provide. Most of all, enjoy it!

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