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Peta Bunbury, Senior IA Consultant, Atkins


Senior IA Consultant

Business area: ADS&T – IA Security, Technology
Years at Atkins: 6

How does your work benefit the end user?

I work with customers to help them define their critical information, their business assets, the data which is most important to them to protect in terms of confidentiality, integrity, availability and reputation.  Through implementing a risk assessment, which involves understanding in depth about the business, how it works, and what is important to them.  It is about understanding what the greatest impact on a business would be, which might stop them working tomorrow. So, we need to determine what is the most important data and what are the key threats to their data information.  Depending on a customer’s risk appetite will determine how a customer would treat those risks, whether they will invest money to mitigate the risk and potential impact on the business, or whether they transfer the risk by insuring against it, or they simply except the risk. 

What inspired you to become an Information Assurance Consultant? 

I grew into information assurance, as my background was IT for many years.  I worked for a Cisco Value Added Reseller (VAR) and back in 2003 BSI was pushing their security standard BS7799 which became ISO27001. We held conferences with them hand in hand, when the idea struck me I too could become a security consultant.  And I have never looked back!!

Why do you choose to stay at Atkins?

Atkins has a great brand name, and one to be proudly associated. I always find it interesting when in social events how many people who have worked in industry have worked with Atkins or know the company and hold it in high regard.  In addition, Atkins has a pedigree customer portfolio with whom any consultant would enjoy working.

When have you felt most proud to be an Atkins employee? 

When I found out how much Atkins did to support the 2012 Olympics, I was quite stunned.  I highly recommend people search out the video, it is quite staggering how much we were involved and how, in my opinion, the success of the Olympics was down to Atkins and its staff.  The company should have received its own Gold Medal.

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