“I like changes, and working in cyber security allows me to constantly face new challenges. Airbus CyberSecurity gave me the opportunity to be part of projects that are both innovative and reality focused. The projects I work on don't just stay at the ‘Proof Of Concept’ stage, but they are actually implemented. On top of that, I can see the direct impact of my work in production!”
What is a Cyber Security Data Scientist?
A Cyber Security Data Scientist exploits and interprets data from various sources (internal, customers, partners, etc.) in order to improve the company’s security services and products offered to customers. The Cyber Security Data Scientist works in close collaboration with the various departments of the company (Security Operations Centre (SOC), Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT), etc.) in order to deal with the exponential increase of available data and the increasing complexity of cyber-attacks. Its missions can vary such as the detection of cyber threats in an information system (detection of anomalies on network data, files analysis to detect malicious activities, etc.), reduction of the analyst’s workload (help in qualifying alerts, decision support, reducing the scope of research in response to incidents, etc.) and much more.
What are the super powers required?
The Cyber Security Data Scientist must have advanced technical knowledge in mathematics and statistics and must be comfortable with programming languages such as python and various disciplines relating to cyber security. They must be able to manage data which is unstructured, dispersed and multiple. Also, the Cyber Security Data Scientist must be able to work on an entire data science project, from the recovery of data to the implementation of a machine learning model, including descriptive analysis, data cleaning, construction of features, and adjustment of parameters. Finally, they must have a taste for learning and keep up to date with emerging technologies and/or new machine learning methods.
How did Arife Bicar become a Cyber Security Data Scientist?
Before joining Airbus, Arife was a student at the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Toulouse, at the department of Applied Mathematics. At the end of her studies, Arife had the choice of working in many possible sectors: genetics, marketing, finance, cyber security, etc. However, she chose cyber security as she wanted to work in a field linked to digital technologies, which is innovative and where she can constantly learn.
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