Hey, I’m Isla Sibanda.
I’m Isla, an ethical hacker and cybersecurity specialist based out of Pretoria.
For over twelve years, I’ve worked as a cybersecurity analyst and penetration testing specialist for several reputable companies - including Standard Bank Group, CipherWave, and Axxess.
Why Should You Work With Me?
I’m Familiar with Different Kinds of Technical Documentation and Writing Styles
I Understand How To Synthesize Complex Subjects Into Easily Digestible Content
I’m Productive and Efficient
I’m Open Minded
Most everyday people simply don’t understand the intricacies behind compliance standards, cybersecurity documentation, user manuals, and so on simply because it’s not their expertise.
But many of these people are in a position where they need to understand the key concepts behind these for purposes of or just for expanding their own knowledge.
That’s where I come in. I pick up on the most important points and the supporting evidence to condense entire volumes of data into just a few paragraphs - and while at the same time ensuring that the resulting copy is not too generic so that it’s useless.
If you’re looking for an experienced technical writer who is skilled at processing complex data sets from technical documentation into comprehensible information that your readers can learn from, I’m your gal.
I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Pretoria.
While employed as a cybersecurity analyst at Cyber Security South Africa (CSSA) in Johannesburg, I was responsible for performing cyber incident tests and analyzing high volumes of threat reports to determine the scope and urgency of cyber threats. This gave me experience and knowledge on how to identify and respond to major threat actors, especially those with regional and transregional focuses. I also analyzed major cyber engineering trends and provided detailed written reports to stakeholders.
Penetration Testing Specialist
I worked as a penetration testing specialist for CipherWave, where the bulk of my work focused on vulnerability scanning and remediation management. I ensured the company’s vulnerability assessment policies and penetration testing standards were in alignment with CISO compliance requirements.
I further honed my skills as a writer by writing and presenting detailed reports to senior leadership.
Network Security Specialist
As a network security specialist at Axxess, I leveraged tools such as PowerShell and SCCM to perform hardware, software, and workstation configurations. I was the administrator for multi-site LAN/WAN network components. I also responded to emails and IT tickets on a daily basis to maintain high standards of customer service for the company.