Meet Ankatrien Demarsin, Functional Security Analyst at Accenture Belgium & Luxembourg
“I’m currently working on a case for a client that involves rolling out a new authentication platform, which will ultimately enhance business performance. We are using our most innovative technologies on this project, and my role includes aligning multiple stakeholders’ visions on the functionality and design of the new solution. I conduct market research while continuously measuring our solution against industry best practices. I closely collaborate with the enterprise security architect, who verifies the feasibility and complexity of our proposed solution. My priority is how to balance user experience with security. The tool should be user-friendly while being totally attack-proof. Once we reach an agreement on the functionality and the user journey, I translate the requirements into technical specifications and user stories. I then oversee the progress of the technical teams and assist them where needed.”
The wide variety of tasks, including preparing presentations, guiding meetings and summarizing conclusions, is what makes this job so challenging and satisfying.
“What I especially like about my role as a Functional Security Analyst, is that I am at the center of the project. I have the privilege of meeting and interacting many different people, which provides useful insights into the client’s working structures and culture. Understanding everyone’s different interests and perspectives and seeing how they interconnect or disrupt each other, is intriguing. The wide variety of tasks, including preparing presentations, guiding meetings and summarizing conclusions, is what makes this job so challenging and satisfying.”
Meet Stijn Meul, Technical Security Analyst at Accenture Belgium & Luxembourg
“We are integrating an identity and access management tool for one of our clients and I’m part of the team delivering the governance module on the process of recertifying employee access. This involves doing a deep dive into how our client operates, what applications the client uses, who among its employees have the highest access and what the client’s infrastructure looks like.”
“We are responsible for analyzing, building, testing and deploying the machines and software as well as ensuring they are well configured. One of our most important tasks is training the client to thoroughly protect the installation and be self-sufficient. In the event of any issues, I immediately examine the system and offer a solution, and if necessary, contact any partners to provide them with quick-fix updates.”
Predicting everything is nearly impossible; the most interesting part is looking for what we might have missed.
“I feel like I’m on a daily adventure exploring new pathways. We encounter all sorts of legacy systems and transform them into new software packages. By connecting different applications, we stumble upon services and components we did not know existed. Each day starts with a brainstorming session to explore whether our ideas can function in ‘real life’. Predicting everything is nearly impossible; the most interesting part is looking for what we might have missed.”
“The best part of being a Technical Security Analyst is definitely contact and collaboration with others. Interacting closely with the application owners and other stakeholders is inspiring and educational. The technical and functional team are yin and yang. Our functional colleagues point out the client’s needs and analyze the roles and specific permissions within the system. And when they need to present our solution, they filter out all our complex technical jargon and use storytelling instead.”
With an ever-expanding scope, cybersecurity offers huge growth potential—both in terms of your career and learning opportunities. Whether you are looking at a Functional or Technical Security Analyst role, the only thing stopping you is your willingness to give it a try.