Cyber security star Lucy inspired by TV shows

Cyber security star Lucy inspired by TV shows

An up-and-coming cyber security expert has told how she was inspired to enter the sector after watching The Real Hustle and Catfish on TV.
Lucy Dalley, right, who works for C3IA Solutions in Poole, recently spoke at a Secure South West event in Plymouth.
She addressed those attending in person and online with a talk focusing on how she transitioned from education to industry and the challenges faced as a woman in cyber.
She spoke alongside Laura Wellstead who heads Women in Cybersecurity, which exists to get more women involved in what is a very male-dominated area.
Lucy said: “Not only is the sector short of qualified personnel, but it is really interesting and there is much more to it than coding and high-tech computing.
“For example, I am active in security training and awareness, supply chain management, Technical Surveillance Counter Measures (TCSM) – or bug-sweeping – plus cloud security and cyber security standards.
“After starting a degree at Bournemouth University in 2016, I went on to do a placement year with C3IA Solutions.
“This is a leading company that was one of the first six to be accredited by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
“My placement year enabled me to learn about many aspects of the cyber industry and put the theory of the university course into practice.
“I’m now a permanent member of staff and I’m keen to promote diversity and the employment of more women into the cyber sector.
“Women bring a different perspective into the workspace which helps to generate new ideas and different ways to deal with problems or complex issues.
“It is also so important to hire young people so that the industry can evolve and grow.
“The will is there from within the cyber sector, and we need to promote it within schools and help encourage children in this area – they will be the cyber security experts of the future.
“Speaking at the Secure South West event has given me confidence that more people are thinking about the industry.
“But its image should reflect the broad range of skills needed so that people don’t assume it is just about technology and too hard for them.
“Although I have a good understanding of technology, I am not a programmer or coder but I have found in cyber many areas where my other skills have really come to the fore.”
The Real Hustle was a TV programme in which a team of scammers showed how they could manipulate people into parting with money.
Catfish was a reality-based documentary television series airing on MTV about the truths and lies of online dating.
Both highlight ‘social engineering’, proponents of which used to be known as ‘confidence tricksters’, and many of whom have now moved online.


C3IA (a military term) was set up in 2006 by Matt Horan and Keith Parsons. It has around 115 employees, and it is headquartered in Ling Road, Poole, Dorset. It has been certified by the National Cyber Security Centre and works in the defence and security sectors, for government departments and within industry – serving both SMEs and multi-national firms. C3IA is a leading provider of secure ICT, technical programme management and information security services and solutions. C3IA takes its corporate social responsibilities seriously, supporting serving and past members of the Armed Services. It sponsors those engaged in personal and team development through arduous sporting and other challenges.

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