Stephanie Haynes, aged 31, Cybersecurity Analyst at HORIBA MIRA, took home the award for Security Apprentice of the Year at the inaugural Computing Rising Stars Awards 2019 held in London this week.
Celebrating the emerging talent in digital, the Computing Awards bring together the very best in the industry from across the UK. They recognise and identify the sector’s future leaders shining a spotlight on their success and championing the organisations who are helping to foster and develop their talent.
Stephanie was awarded for demonstrating her awareness and views of key industry trends and ability to manage cybersecurity challenges in a clean and efficient manner.
In April 2017, Stephanie started work at HORIBA MIRA following employment as a home shopping picker in her local ASDA supermarket. Since joining, she has successfully graduated her apprenticeship with a distinction and is the first female in the UK to be awarded the Level 4 Cybersecurity Technologist apprenticeship.
She started her journey working in the Vehicle Resilience (VRES) team learning about the problems new vehicle technology presents for automotive security, whilst also building her knowledge in electrical engineering by constructing and developing analysis tools to assess key vulnerabilities in vehicle ultrasonic sensors. Alongside her practical work, Stephanie took part in a variety of training courses from vehicle safety awareness through to communication, confidence and assertiveness workshops run at the MIRA Technology Institute, a global skills centre located on-site at HORIBA MIRA.
Stephanie is now hoping to start a degree in cybersecurity as well as undertaking further professional qualifications and training.