Neurodiversity-Powered Cyber Security


Neurodiversity at e2e-assure

Around 10% of the UK population is neurodiverse in some form - but unfortunately businesses can be inflexible and struggle to accommodate these individuals. People who are neurodiverse can have trouble applying for or working in a role where the company culture isn't accommodating their needs.

e2e-assure actively recruit, train, support, and retain people with different thinking patterns. Properly supporting neurodiverse people brings with it many benefits and competitive advantages - be it different skills, mindsets, or ways of working.

From our base in the Malvern Hills, we offer a supported and positively challenging working environment for our neurodiverse analysts. With support from our partners The IASME Consortium, and the Community SOC we provide:

  • both full and part-time working hours, with flexible working patterns
  • a relaxed, welcoming, and inclusive working environment
  • meaningful and impactful client-focussed work in our SOC team
  • regular welfare, mentoring, and career improvement meetings
  • the many regular (and awesome) benefits of working for e2e-assure

Our stories:

Nexus-6, Tenacious Techie

After finding out that I had Asperger Syndrome, it was crucial I found a role and environment I could thrive in, using my strengths. The UK Cyber Security Forum training provided me with the tools I needed to teach myself, and through that hard work and passion I gained employment with e2e-assure as a Cyber Security Analyst. Working here:

  • I can utilise my hyperfocus to analyse network traffic, and spot anomalies
  • My vigilance is an asset rather than an annoyance
  • I enjoy working in an environment where logic and accuracy is important
  • I don't have to pretend to be something I'm not (extrovert). This leaves me with more energy to concentrate on the work
  • I value that my employer understands that a one-size-fits-all approach does not fit everyone - and that innovative thinking and emotional intelligence are crucial to a healthy, happy workforce
  • My input is valued, and our focus is on communication and continual improvement

Neil, Automation Alchemist

I'd been out of work for a number of years, not so much for a lack of ability but because the conventional process of applying and interviewing for a job is so far outside my comfort zone I never went beyond generating a CV and that being one that downplayed what skills I did have. I can't even imagine attending an interview and trying to sell myself.

Attending a training course in cyber security for the better part of a year educated me enough to be offered a role with the IASME community SOC and at a time when they were was just starting up. As a result I was exposed to a lot of different tools, techniques and challenges within cyber. It was in that relaxed environment I began to find that my skills from other areas mapped well to certain types of work. Perhaps contrary to the stereotypical view of those on the spectrum, I enjoy engaging in a lot of different things, expanding my knowledge in new areas and tools and combining it all to find creative solutions.

A low pressure, relaxed environment was key in allowing me to explore and find those strengths, moving to e2e-assure that atmosphere continued. It took a little while and support to find the work that best suited my skillset but over the last months I've been able to once again explore a variety of areas and mix together that knowledge in small projects and improving business processes - for example, combining Nessus, Python and Microsoft Flow to reduce a daily process that might take an hour down to under 5 minutes.