The career of a cybersecurity consultant at ELCA
In working as a consultant on ELCA Zurich's cybersecurity team, Yasin is struck by the company’s vast sector portfolio, its “Swissness” and culture of communication.
Cybersecurity consultant at ELCA Zurich
How did you hear about ELCA?
While I was studying at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), I attended a Graduate Open Day event, at which various companies gave presentations; one of them was ELCA. Before that, my knowledge of ELCA was quite scant, so I took the opportunity to find out a bit more about the company. I realised very quickly that ELCA is an IT powerhouse. ELCA operates in practically every sector of the economy and boasts a huge portfolio of products and services. And I was particularly impressed to learn that ELCA is one of the largest independent Swiss software firms around.
What is your role at ELCA?
As a cybersecurity consultant, I’ve been involved in all kinds of different security projects with our clients from the start and can contribute my experience and expertise directly in advising them. As a new starter, this is not something to be taken for granted.
What’s even more special and exciting is the fact that we also develop security solutions ourselves and supply them with our own in-house products like ELCARD (MFA) or CLOUDTRUST, and then implement those solutions end-to-end at the customer’s organisation.
Our motto is: “We make IT work. Securely.”
What fascinates you about your job as a cybersecurity consultant?
Security is perennial hot-spot; you never get bored with it. I also have to keep on learning all the time to be able to guarantee the security of our customers against the latest threats. Like I said, at ELCA I can apply my entire knowledge across all industries - also in the knowledge that, if I get stuck, I can call upon experts in my team for support with their extensive knowledge. New starters are made to feel very welcome and are given constant support.
What do you particularly like about ELCA?
I really like ELCA’s “Swissness”. I thought it was fantastic that, after only a brief induction phase, I was allowed to work on all kinds of different customer projects straight away, whether at financial institutions, transport companies or with other customers. Cybersecurity is very highly regarded at ELCA, and though very new on the team, I can already contribute my ideas and suggestions on how to develop the cybersecurity team along with its strategy.
Another thing I like about ELCA is the international cooperation with our centres in other countries. Working with our developers in Vietnam is great; every time, I marvel at their vast technical expertise. Despite initial language barriers, our exchanges are working out very well with quick progress. It’s always fascinating to learn about a different culture. What I also really like is the open and friendly way that colleagues work together, as well as the flat hierarchies which promote communication within the team.
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