Hello! We’re two friends who study and work in the field of cyber security. We attend (and speak at) conferences in the UK – welcome to our Blog. Here’s a little more information about each of us:
Hello, Bonjour, Privet, I’m Sarah! Currently, I am a final year student at Bournemouth University studying Cyber Security! Together with Sophia I help run the Bournemouth University Computing and Security Society as the Vice President. I am also the Co-Host of Bournemouth 2600 a branch of the London 2600 group.
In my spare time I work on different projects, but have a particular interest in Android, hardware, and mobile security. I won the prize for Best Rookie Track Talk at BSides London 2019, and have had the opportunity to run my first workshop at G3C 2019! My application is now in to potentially run a workshop at BSides London (fingers crossed) and I will soon be doing a talk for OWASP Dorset!
I will be starting a graduate role in penetration testing in July 2020!
To add to what already sounds like a beefy dating profile, in my spare time I enjoy running by the beach, baking anything sweet, eating anything sweet and I am working on my fitness journey.
Hey, I’m Sophia! I’ve just finished my undergraduate degree studying BSc Cyber Security Management at Bournemouth University and I’m currently working full-time in industry as a security consultant and penetration tester. I was on Team UK three times for the European Cyber Security Challenge, most recently in 2019 – leading the country as Team Captain. You may have also seen me on the TV, I was a cyber “Hunter” on Season 5 and Celebrity Season 3 of Channel 4’s series Hunted. Since starting security things in 2017, I’ve also done my fair share of ambassadorial work – working with Cyber Security Challenge UK Cyber Discovery program, and the NCSC CyberFirst and CyberSchools program.
I’ve won a few awards in the meantime, including “Best Newcomer to Security” (2017), “Best New Security Blog” (2018), Highly Acclaimed “Rising Star” (2019) and most recently I have won “Cybersecurity Student of the Year” (2020). Outside of hax, I have a passion for cars – I own a GT86 and I partake in drifting with my trusty Mk1 MX5. I’m proud to be apart of SQ, where we can empower women in security – whilst promoting community support in welcoming new females into the industry. Diversity should be exercised and promoted within security, and as Acid Burn once said: “Never send a boy to do a woman’s job”.