Under the Hood

The New Zealand IT industry is one of the most exciting in the world. Whilst we have our fair share of enterprise organisations, we also boast a broad range of technology start-ups.

As an IT professional it can be challenging to clearly understand the range of different opportunities that exist. So Under the Hood is doing this for you, regularly taking time out to meet and profile the people that make our industry tick.

Under the Hood: A Career in Security – Peter Benson

Welcome to the latest edition of our blog series ‘Under the Hood’, where we meet the people who make New Zealand’s amazing IT industry tick. For this blog we caught up with Security Specialist Peter Benson.

Read and watch on to find out about Peter’s experience working within the security sector, his thoughts on the technology currently being used, his ethical hacking background and more.

A Lifetime in Security

With a career in information security spanning over twenty years, Peter has a fair bit of knowledge about the past, present and future of this exciting industry.

Peter entered the industry in a Project Management role and was hooked instantly. He has now achieved just about everything in his field, from overseeing security for a large telco, having own his company, consulting and now working as a Security Architect for Trend Micro.

You can learn more about Peter’s career in security by watching the video below.

Getting into Security

For those looking to break into the Information Security industry, Peter recommends taking the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam. He comments on the important skills that this exam gives you, which will assist you in your career in the future.

Peter’s also talks about his exposure to ethical hacking and how people with a lateral method of thinking are best suited to this space, plus his views on security being a bigger issue than just technology.


A massive thanks to Peter for taking the time to be a part of this series, your experience, insights and advice are sure to be valuable to many.

Keep an eye out for the next ‘Under the Hood’ blog, and get in touch if you think your role or career would provide valuable insight for others in the industry.

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