What was your first job? Working as Parliamentary Researcher to the Deputy Speaker, Sir Alan Haselhurst, MP. It was everything from stuffing endless envelopes to dealing with the media. And making lots of tea.

What do you think most people imagine your job as? Most people think I spend my day having profound thoughts whilst staring out of a window.

If you were to describe yourself as a household object, what would it be? A mouse – always chained to a computer, but trying to be useful.

What would your last meal be? Sushi – I could eat it all day every day.

If the battle between IT security pros and cyber threats were to be embodied in comic book characters, what classic super hero/nemesis match-up do you think would be most fitting? Asterix and his indomitable village of Gauls against the Roman Empire.

If you had to have an occupation other than the one you're doing, what would you do? Musical theatre director.

Have you ever heard a good joke about IT security? No, but if you hear one, please tell me.

What is the most important personality trait for a successful cyber security professional? Unbreakable spirit in the face of adversity.

What technology did you used to rely on, and are now happy is obsolete? The tape dictaphone – completely useless for trying to find your last recording!

What is the best career advice you ever received? Don't do stuff where any equally capable person would produce an identical end result. Do a job where it matters that you do it.