Jacqui Loustau

Jacqui Loustau – ANZ and AWSN

Jacqui has worked in various technology roles for the past 15 years. She graduated from Monash University with a bachelor of Information Systems. She started as a helpdesk analyst and unix administrator and has specialised in IT security for the past 13 years. She is also the founder of the Australian Women in Security Network which aims to Connect, Support, Collaborate and Inspire all girls and women in security.

What is the most awesome thing about having a career in tech for you?
You are never bored! Technology is a fast past industry and it is continuously changing. You get to work in so many industries on interesting projects, travel to different countries and learn different things.

As a child, did you dream of a career in tech?
Not really. There wasn’t a lot of technology around like there is now! However, my parents used to make us to do touch typing training with Keyboard Cadet every day, so I became a really quick typist. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but knew how kill a keyboard so I decided to pursue a career in IT. I haven’t looked back since. =)

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done, both personally and professionally?

On a professional level, working at the Olympics and looking after the technology at one of the sports venues. I had to make sure everything was up and running and keeping a group of 15 greek volunteers occupied! I have also worked in many amazing cities on some really interesting projects in London, Paris, Cork, Amsterdam, Brussels, Stockholm.

On a personal level, the coolest thing would be that I have climbed the Mont Blanc!

Why are you passionate about diversity in technology?
Because diversity of minds is vital. To have people who think differently and look at things in a different way is so important in todays working environment

What would your advice be to your 15 year old self?
Get as much work experience as you can to help you find out what you are passionate and good at.Find mentors in potential careers you are interested in