I moved to Australia from the Philippines 15 years ago in search of great opportunities. Being a person of short stature there were very limited opportunities in my country and it was always hard to be seen as an equal.
I decided to pursue my Master’s degree in Information Technology at Deakin University and, shortly after, I landed my first job at ANZ in the Graduate Program in 2010.
Creating a cyber-safe world
As part of the program, I worked in two different areas, first the Cyber Security team and then in the Markets division. I also experienced being a bank teller for a week.
But cyber security quickly became my passion. After hearing about the negative online experiences friends and relatives have gone through, I wanted to be in a position to protect others from experiencing the same thing.
My job is a two-way street. Not only do I learn how to engage with different people but I always learn new things from project teams inside ANZ as well as from external vendors. I get to also be one of the first to try ANZ’s applications first hand, which is probably one of my favourite things.
In my current role I work as an engineer in the Applications Security team. As a passionate promoter of secure applications, I provide training and guidance - not only to internal and external developers but also to the entire project team in developing secure applications. I work alongside Security and Engineering experts to ensure web, mobile applications and ATMs are safe from cyber-attacks.