A pink flare image overlays a picture of Head of Security, Shuhui Xue who is standing at the Virgin Media O2 offices. White text reads Virgin Media with the logo and Shuhui Xue, Head of Cloud SecurityA pink flare image overlays a picture of Head of Security, Shuhui Xue who is standing at the Virgin Media O2 offices. White text reads Virgin Media with the logo and Shuhui Xue, Head of Cloud Security

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Scaling Modern Security at Virgin Media O2: Part 2

Shuhui Xue

Head of Cloud Security

October 27, 2022

For the second part of our celebration of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we speak to Shuhui Xue who heads up our Cloud Security. Shuhui shares how she got into the role, what she loves about it and why Cloud Security is one of our biggest priorities.

What do you do, day to day?

I create the overall security observability across our platforms. While we continue building self-healing systems, we still need to keep our eyes on what is happening to our environment, as well as unusual behaviours.

Cloud computing adds an extra layer to our digitalisation, and we need to transform our processes, tools, and colleagues’ experience in a virtual environment that is accessible anytime and anywhere. That’s why Cloud Security is one of our biggest priorities. We want our customers to know that our environment is built to meet the requirements of even the most security-sensitive organisations.

With this, I recently took over leadership of all Cloud Security – a challenge that I’m really looking forward to.

Tell us about your background.

I started in accounting, and although I learned a lot in my first few years – it wasn’t for me. I wanted to do something more interesting, and I’d always had a big space in my heart for technology. My first IT job was as a Level 2 Technical Support Engineer, and I fell in love with this constantly evolving and challenging world.

What do you enjoy the most about your role?

The team that I work with. The people here are fantastic. Everyone cares and supports each other no matter what. We have a strong culture of continuous learning in our team, and Security is a key enabler for driving growth.

The work we do is very innovative, cutting-edge, and challenging – which I love because if I’m not challenging myself, I’m not improving myself.

What advice would you give to other women looking to shake up their careers and move into digital security?

If you’re looking for a fast-paced environment that is anything but boring, Modern Security is a fantastic place to build your career. Whether it’s building a variety of security initiatives, automating the protection of the environment, or driving the incident response process – it’s exciting and it’s challenging in the best way possible.

My best advice is to give it a try. Take chances. Embrace continuous learning. Don’t be intimidated. And finally, network and find mentors wherever you go!

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