Protects companies against cyber attacks

NHH Alumni Andreas Orset.
In December, Andreas Orset delivered his master's thesis on cyber security in Norwegian companies. Recently he started a new job at KPMG, where he will work to prevent cyber attacks. Photo: Sigrid Grøm Bakken/NHH.
NHH By Sigrid Grøm Bakken

15 January 2019 15:14

Protects companies against cyber attacks

Andreas Orset combined economics and technology studies at NHH to adapt to the future job market. This secured him a permanent job a year and a half before graduating.

‘Cyber security is an important emerging business area. ‘In the past year alone, attacks against companies have doubled and the financial consequences are significant,’ Andreas Orset says.

In December, he completed his Master's Degree in Business Analytics at NHH, and this month he started working for the consultancy firm KPMG. Here, he works to protect Norwegian companies against cybercrime.

‘In order to achieve good, overall management of cyber security, it is important to look beyond the technical systems. Cyber security must be linked to the enterprises’ business strategy, and the companies must actively work to raise awareness among staff. With a degree from NHH, you have the expertise needed to work on integrating cyber security into corporate governance,’ says Orset.

NHH alumni Andreas Orset.
- It was important for me to find a workplace with a good academic and social environment, exciting work tasks and plenty of challenges. I wanted to start a place that focuses on me - a place that values competence development, says Orset about its new workplace KPMG. Here from the company's corporate presentation at NHH. Photo: Sigrid Grøm Bakken/NHH.

Studied tech subjects at NHH

According to NHH's 2017 labour market survey, three out of four NHH students receive an offer of permanent employment before they graduate. Orset is among them.

‘I wanted to find a job before I graduated, so that I could then choose courses that were relevant to the position, and thereby be better prepared for work. I only applied to consultancy firms offering cybersecurity services, and I found a lot of interest in hiring students from NHH,’ he says.

When the time came to choose a major, Orset decided to go for NHH’s new major profile Business Analytics. He was then able to combine the economics degree with technology studies.

‘NHH has really stepped up its game when it comes to tech subjects. I took technology courses, such as ‘Artificial intelligence and robotisation’, ‘Predictive Analytics’, ‘Simulation’, ‘Decision Modeling’, ‘Applied programming’ – to mention a few,’ he says.

- Working with cyber security, I get to combine my interests in technology, economics and security. By entering this work field now, I believe that I will be part of a very exciting journey, says Orset. Photo: Sigrid Grøm Bakken/NHH.

Find relevant jobs

A new candidate survey conducted by the student organisation Sammen Råd og Karriere shows that NHH students are very well adapted and suited for the labour market. Ninety-five per cent of the respondents are in a permanent position, and 98.8 per cent are in a relevant job two years after graduating.

Orset believes that, in the future, it will be important to choose a degree that combines economics and technology courses in order to provide the business sector with the expertise it requires.

‘I think that a lot of exciting things will happen in the intersection between economics and technology. The business and industry of the future is being formed by new technology, and we need skilled people to address these changes,’ he says.

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