We are proud to announce the start of our Circuits of Life editorial series. Speaking to testers, engineers, architects, QA Analyst and developers from different walks of software life to capture their stories, career highs and lows, their trials and successes, their current company and their role, most recent projects, advice to others and the individuals who they most look up to in the industry.
The first in the series is Malcom Murphy, he’s a Technical Director for cybersecurity company Infoblox and he’s got a lot of experience in helping to protect large businesses with complex IT infrastructure and computer architecture and consulting them on the best ways they can secure their environments.
So we sat down to find out more about how he joined the cybersecurity industry, what his role as Technical Director entails and his advice to people seeking careers in software.
Where were you born Malcom?
I was born in The Wirral
Where do you live now?
I live in Surrey now
What inspired you to get involved in the world of software testing
So, I did a PHD and we got a research grant to buy some computers to support the research that we were doing and the way it worked is that we could afford more computers if I was doing the administration of some of the software development for it. So, we had five computers rather than four and that’s how my career on these side of the fence started.
What was your first job in Software Testing?
My first job I was a network and systems engineer for NTL, now Virgin Media.
Your currently Technical Director at Infoblox, what was your first role at the company?
I joined Infobox as the solutions manager for the UK businesses and I did for that for years and then I did a role for the chief of staff for two years, and I’ve been a technical director for a year and a half or so.
What’s a day to day like for you at Infoblox?
I run a team of six managers, managing the solution architects and a team of product specialists for our cloud platform.
So, it’s a very exciting place to be and what I get to see, the cutting-edge stuff or the exceptional stuff, the big projects, the scary stuff, I can talk to our bleeding-edge customers who want us try exciting things or people who are doing things at enormous scale. I really enjoy it.
What’s been your most memorable project in your career so far?
I think from an InfoBlox perspective, you don’t realise what you’ve done till afterward.
At infoblox, we’ve moved over from delivering a monolithic on-point solution, we’ve moved to a cloud-first environment and to have gone through that journey and see how an organisation can pivot that has been pretty brilliant.
Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to join the Cybersecurity world?
“Be curious. Try to figure out how things work, tear them down, build them back up again – that’s how you’ll figure out where the weaknesses are.”