BLOGNew Team Member with Expertise in Information Security Management Systems

7.10.2021 | Blog, Enerity Solutions

We welcome and congratulate our newest team member Varpu Huhtinen. Varpu completed her master’s thesis while working for us and graduated as MSc in Software Engineering with great grades from LUT University. Read below about Varpu’s studies, thesis, and plans for the future.

Studies and Master’s Thesis

In September 2017 I started my studies in Computer Science at LUT University without really knowing if I wanted my future career to go strictly in the software development direction or if I wanted to lean more towards information security, as it was a topic close to my heart. In early 2021, when I had almost finished all my courses, it was time to start writing my master’s thesis. After thinking about it for a few weeks, one of our teachers sent a message through our student organization: Enerity Solutions was looking for a master’s thesis worker to standardize their existing Information Security Management System according to ISO 27001* standard. It took me a few minutes to express my interest towards the topic as I did not want to pass on this opportunity. After two meetings, in March 2021 I was able to call myself an Enerity employee and started working on my thesis and partially on software development alongside it.

ISO 27001 and Information Security Management

In addition to my growing interest towards information security, what was really motivating with this thesis was the feeling of doing something useful for the organization and not just doing a thesis for the sole purpose of graduating. Thankfully, learning and researching new information has always been one of my strengths. Consequently, the hours spent on ISO 27001 related research, on understanding the entire ISO 27000 standard family and on analyzing the current state of the existing Information Security Management System went rather smoothly. It is also worth mentioning that it was really rewarding to be listened to during the project and to have my opinion strongly considered in decision making. By the end of August 2021, I submitted my thesis for grading and the outcome from it for the organization was a strong fundament to further improve the existing management practices and policies for information security.

Graduation and Career at Enerity Solutions

Doing my master’s thesis for Enerity Solutions really gave me the chance to explore both things that interested me most in computer science. Thankfully, the thesis was only the start of my career at the company, and after my graduation on the 30th of September 2021 I remain a part of the ongoing ISO 27001 project while having the opportunity to evolve as a software engineer by working on product development at Enerity.

 

Varpu HuhtinenJunior Application Specialist Varpu Huhtinen

 

*ISO 27001 is one of the most widely recognized international standards for information security management. The standard addresses the requirements for the establishment, implementation, maintenance, and continuous improvement of the information security management system. The purpose of the requirements is to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information through processes, guidelines, risk management and control measures.