It's the half-way point in the six-week Digital Greenhouse summer internship and we've been amazed at what our intern, Elliot, has been achieving. He's taken his interest in software development and enhanced our cyber security dashboard that provides reporting tools and uses compliancy checks against set data to meet Cyber Essentials standards. It's a fantastic tool which offers the highest level of reporting and compliancy for clients. He's also given a brilliant presentation on it at our weekly Friday Catch-up meeting.
Elliot said: 'I was around eight or nine when I started getting into computing and then 12 when my love of programming and software development started to take off. I've built a dashboard which provides a really cool way of displaying device information, such as applications, firewalls, Microsoft Windows updates and encryption standards. This data is then compared against compliancy checks which define the standards this data needs, to be considered 'secure'. I'm now working on providing a way for this system to remedy issues that it detects that aren't compliant.
My enjoyment of software development and computer science stems from my curiosity to understand how systems work. This led me to break software, games and systems apart, research how they are developed and then rebuild them from scratch to further understand them.'
Elliot will be leaving us in September to start his Computer Science degree at the University of Nottingham but in the meantime, we are seriously impressed with the aptitude and enthusiasm he is putting in to his time with us. It is great to see such IT passion and initiative growing in Guernsey.
Elliot concludes: 'In the future I hope to become a software developer, working on applications that will be utilised in major systems around the world, providing real value. The idea that my code is being used to make other people's lives easier is enough justification to drive me to write it.'