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Meet the Team: Alice McGready

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Q: What is your role at ID Cyber?

A: Cyber Essentials Assessor and Technical Editor

Q: When did you join ID Cyber?

A: November 2022

Q: Can you describe your role at ID Cyber?

A: Most of my time is spent assessing Cyber Essentials applications and supporting applicants through the process. I also write and refine documentation, articles, and social media posts. Finally, I am an organiser and host of the monthly ID Cyber Sessions series, in which we interview people within and/or of interest to the cyber security community.

Q: What’s your favourite thing about working at ID Cyber?

A: It’s a recurring answer for this question, but my teammates! They’re friendly, supportive, and always happy to brainstorm anything tricky that comes up.

Q: How did you end up working in cyber security?

A: I focused on linguistics at university and then spent half a decade working in publishing, but always had a side-interest in security. I used my annual leave to tag along to conferences, learned things for fun on TryHackMe, made friends within the industry, and, just when I began to feel the time was right for me to leave publishing, the stars aligned and a suitable post became available at ID Cyber. I’ve been here over a year now and have never regretted taking the leap.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?

A: Reading, video games, and music. I’m that person who takes five books on a weekend trip ‘just in case’, who’ll happily plough 70 hours into a PlayStation game and then go straight into New Game+, and who can’t stop acquiring instruments (everything from piccolo and piano to didgeridoo and viola), despite the fact they are most definitely amateur at the vast majority of them.

Q: What’s your favourite dinosaur?

A: Since I work with words, I should probably say Thesaurus… but it’s Compsognathus. They’re about the same height as a chicken so I think they’re really cute (if a little bitey).

Q: Is there a book, blog, or podcast you’d like to recommend?

A: Jamie Bartlett’s ‘The Missing Cryptoqueen’ — a really engaging overview of a fraudulent cryptocurrency scheme and its founder, who’s one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted