Katie McMillan

My role is an Information Security Manager at Agilisys Ltd.

I have a real passion for my role, which is great as I’ve always professed, we spend so much time working, I’d much prefer to work doing something that I enjoy with like-minded people. If ever I get that dreaded Sunday night feeling, I would know it was time to move on.

My personality lends me to working well with others. I am a fixer and find helping others a natural trait of mine. So much so, my family were convinced I’d end up in a caring profession. As it happened, I found IT was where I felt most at home. I find my attitude and drive to fix problems, identify gaps and help others works as an advantage in this sector, especially security. I think there is a caring aspect to my role and as the Infosec Manager for the NHS I can protect systems and data for millions of people.

My career started with less focus on strategy and more a mixture of ‘give it a go’ and sheer determination. I started in IT where many of us did, working on a helpdesk and fixing peoples machines. I like to challenge myself and quickly became ambitious. I worked in my own time to learn the infrastructure, how it worked, and how to fix it. I moved into management where I managed IT estates within college and University settings. I led the team, managed a portfolio of projects, developed strategy, and plugged security gaps which had been glaringly open for several years. This all led me on the path to discovering my passion for infosec.

The key driver within my career is the ambition to succeed. I have been offered a lot of wonderful opportunities. Every one of these I have worked hard and put all my effort into achieving both my aspirations and best results for the customer. My focus will always be to provide the best service I can.
I am a mentor for women in tech through mentorXchange. This gives me the opportunity to mentor women who are starting out on their career journey. I am an enterprise advisor for CIPD where I will be matched with and work alongside a school to enhance their careers programme.