Here at The Missing Link, our people are the engine of our company. We’re immensely proud of their knowledge and expertise which helps our clients achieve incredible things through IT transformation – but they’re so much more than their job description! In this series, we take a moment to sit down and discuss the weird, wacky, and wonderful parts of our team’s lives that make them who they are.  

Gyles Sanders is the newest member of our growing team in the UK. He started last month as one of our accomplished Cyber Security Consultants. He’s passionate about the physical security and information security industries, with a proven track record in the corporate intelligence and security market. So, let’s take 5 minutes to get to know Gyles a little better.  

Gyles is a Cyber Security Consultant in the UK team

What was life like growing up for you?  

I grew up in Kent (UK) on the sunny coast. As a kid, I loved Lego and model building – anything that was super detailed and somewhat technical. We got our first family PC when I was around 11. It was a big Windows 95 PC and AOL dial-up. I’m getting nostalgic just thinking about it!  

That was a turning point. I was officially bitten by the tech bug and developed a passion for all gadgets that entertain us, improve our lives, keep us connected and support us in staying safe. I went through a phase of modding games and experimenting with my skills between 1998 and 2002 before launching into my career in technology. 

So, you’ve always been somewhat of a technology fiend. Tell us more about what that looks like for you now. 

I’d consider myself a bit of a tech geek! I'm the kind of weirdo that has numerous laptops, hard drives, and other components kicking around. Plus, I’m very much into PC gaming as well as console gaming, and I’m always taking things apart to learn how and why they work the way they do. 

My favourite gadget is probably my Pwnagotchi – it was my first Pi project as I was getting into the information security space. Even though I need to tweak it somewhat, I just can't bring myself to do it. 

You’re a Cyber Security Consultant now, but let’s take it back a little to your very first career aspirations. What did you want to grow up to be as a child? 

I grew up in the era of the first Jurassic Park movie being released whilst I was around 7 or 8 years old, so I absolutely wanted to be a dinosaur when I grew up (it was the 90's, who didn't?!). For some reason, that never happened, so by my mid-teens I had to think of something else and joining the Army was a calling that I kept looping back to.  

Gyles back in his army days

Abandoning your career as a full-time T-rex, what was your very first job like? 

My first paid job was working in a laminating factory over the summer. I spent the whole summer in a hot unit putting posters and other stuff through an industrial laminating machine. It wasn't like your standard desktop ones, though. This monstrosity was a huge thing that spanned an entire room and generated a lot of heat. I got loads of free posters though, so it wasn't all that bad. 

Wow, that sounds like quite the baptism of fire (forgive the pun)! Let’s fast forward to today – how did you end up at The Missing Link? What’s your favourite part about your role? 

Honestly, I was at a moment in my career where I just felt I needed to make a change and when I met with The Missing Link, I just felt a good organic fit and haven’t looked back. 

I am the UK Cyber Security Consultant (Penetration Testing), the best bit about my role is that I am involved in building something new. The Missing Link is new to the UK market, and I am very excited to be the first technical man on the ground to help build the UK business and brand. It's an exciting position to be in for sure. 

What are you most passionate about outside of work? 

I hate to say it, but I spend a lot of my time out of work hours behind the same monitors! If I’m not honing my tech skills, you’ll find me outside getting my fix of the great outdoors – whether it be on a hike, out camping or anything else out in nature. 

In the future, I’d love to live right on the beach and be able to work there. In my career so far, I’ve travelled around a lot, and I find the beach a very grounding place to be. It would be great to settle down there.  

Finally, how does a Cyber Security guru such as yourself keep up to date with the ins and outs of the industry? Do you have any recommendations for us? 

I follow the news pretty closely! I have a morning coffee routine which involves a few daily cyber and tech podcasts to get the latest issues and releases. A few of my go-to podcasts include: 

To connect with Gyles and the rest of our growing UK Cyber Security team, reach out at contactus@themissinglink.co.uk. We’d love to chat!  

If you liked this article, you may also like to learn more about other members of our team: 

5 minutes with Matt Hickey 

5 minutes with Alinah Mathew 

5 minutes with Nic Westwood  

 

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Rhiannon Kenyon