Site Reliability Engineer Arnar about his challenging job and onboarding during COVID-19 pandemic
Arnar has been fascinated by computers and technology from a very young age and is convinced he is destined to work in IT security. What he loves particularly about it is the fact that it never stops evolving as “hackers” and cybercriminals continue to find new vulnerabilities that need to be fixed. Coming to Austria following his heart, he also found Radar Cyber Security.
Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Reykjavík University, he joined Radar as a Site Reliability Engineer:
“Since I joined, I have been mostly improving how we deploy and update our new generation technology platform with as little human involvement as possible. That means automating away as many manual tasks as possible where human error can occur. Designing an automated and repeatable service deployment has been challenging, but I don’t want my job to be easy – so this is a good thing!”
When moving from Reykjavík (Iceland) to Austria in spring 2020, Corona pandemic was already in full swing. Therefore, Arnar’s exciting and big step to move to another country also made the onboarding at Radar special with many employees and team mates working from home.
“Prior to moving to Austria, Radar helped with the immigration process and also to find an apartment. Moving from Iceland to Austria, the paperwork with authorities during lock-down went surprisingly well and some of it could even be done digitally while otherwise it would have required me to show up in their office. The onboarding with the company went quite smoothly despite I joined during COVID-19 pandemic. It was a bit strange starting a new job being in a mostly empty office in the beginning, but we are an IT company and we managed it.”
For those who consider a career in Security Engineering, Arnar points out that multiple ways can lead to such position. While a degree is not necessarily needed, he believes it helps to build connections in the market.