Cybersecurity Professional | Women in Tech Global Co-Founder | ISACA PSC Board Director | Mountaineer

I am a Senior Security PM Manager at Microsoft. I currently lead the Offensive Security PM team that secures Microsoft’s largest and most important products and services across Edge devices, Windows OS and Devices, Xbox, Microsoft Game Studios, and more.

My background is in cybersecurity and consulting. Aside from my obsession with cybersecurity, I have a tremendous passion for storytelling and distilling complex, ambiguous tech problems into easy-to-understand concepts. I love bridging the gap between engineering and business. I am obsessed with good UX design and secure system architecture. I give back to the security community by serving on the ISACA Puget Sound Chapter Board of Directors.

I am originally from Bulgaria. I haven't always been into technology. In fact, I'd probably laugh if 15 years ago someone told me that I'd end up with a career in tech (that I love!). Growing up in Bulgaria, tech subjects weren't part of the school curriculum, nor did I have any mentors or female examples in technology I could emulate. I had to stumble upon my love for tech merely on accident, while pursuing a Marketing degree. I believe that we can do a better job as a society to address the elephant in the room by driving closure of the gender gap in the technology fields. This is why I recently co-founded Women in Tech Global, an organization that aims to support and grow women seeking to pursue a career in tech.

Coming from a non-standard tech career path, I am passionate about inspiring and empowering others, while expanding the women footprint in men-dominated fields. In addition to being a devoted lifetime cybersecurity professional, I am also a passionate mountaineer. When I am not at work, you'll find me summitting the next mountain peak.

My journey is far from perfect, and I hope to inspire other women that you don't necessarily follow a cookie-cutter life path to achieve your goals. Being different is not only ok, but also the way to go.

We need more women leaders and the best way to inspire and get inspired is to connect with other like-minded women, learn, share and celebrate our achievements.
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Past Events

Advancing Women in Cyber20 Nov 2021400 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
WOMEN TECH SOFIA CONNECT 202025 Mar 2020Online Event
The Future of Cybersecurity is Female11 Mar 2020
Career in Tech: Everything You Wanted to Know and Were Too Afraid to Ask22 Jan 2020Microsoft Building 30, 3910 163rd Avenue Northeast, Redmond, WA 98052, USA
SecureWold, GRC – Hit Refresh14 Nov 2018Bellevue, WA, USA
SecureWold, Cyber Security & GRC Metrics that Tell a Story14 Nov 2017Bellevue, WA, USA
RSA Charge, If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Improve It18 Oct 2017Dallas, TX, USA
ISACA, Cyber Security & GRC Metrics that Tell a Story17 May 2017Seattle, WA, USA
RSA Charge, Archer eGRC SmartSuite in the Cloud26 Oct 2016New Orleans, LA, USA

Left Marketing for Information Systems

I was pursuing B.A. Business Administration degree at the M.G. Foster School of Business University of Washington. My focus was Marketing. I always had a knack for creativity. Knew nothing about tech and didn't care to know. After taking some math and tech classes, I took a leap and changed my focus to Information Systems. I was incredibly scared I will fail, but I jumped into it head first. Never regretted it.

May 01, 2013

Learned SQL

I got my certificate in SQL Database Management & Administration at the University of Washington and I couldn't wait to put my hands-on skills to work. I was ready to be a SQL ninja.

Aug 01, 2013

Kicked-off my career in tech

First job in the tech industry. Ironically, started on my birthday! I joined Microsoft's CSS team through Wimmer Solutions as a support engineer, where I got to respond to live incidents and put some the tech skills I’ve learned at school to work. Between school, work, homework and extracurricular activities, I had no days off for a whole year. Not a single day off, not even on holidays, because my team was responding to incidents 24/7.

Oct 21, 2013

Graduated Univesity of Washington

I graduated Foster School of Business with focus on Information Systems. After switching my educational focus, I served on the Business Information Technology Society (BITS) leadership team and was a Manager and IT Consultant in BITS Consulting.

Jul 15, 2014

Joined the KPMG Cyber Security Practice

Upon UW graduation, I joined the Cyber Security practice of a KPMG. I loved consulting. It was fast-paced, challenging and it helped me accelerate my career through exposing me to a wide range of security domains through the global-scale projects I was working on. I was awarded National KPMG Advisory Chairman Award Winner for FY17 (out of 2,500+ nominees). Received an early promotion to people manager but resigned due to accepting an offer with Microsoft.

Feb 10, 2016

Became a Big Sister

Joined the Big Brother Big Sister organization by becoming a Big Sister for an 11-year old girl, whom I mentored through monthly in-person meetings for nearly 3 years.

Jan 10, 2016

Passed the CISSP exam

Very early in my career in security, I passed the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam. I didn't officially get to become a true CISSP until 2018 as that's when I accrued enough work experience in the security field to claim this certification.

Aug 01, 2016

Became Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Probably my favorite certification of all. I got to really get my hands dirty and break into systems in preparation for the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) exam. These skills came in very handy in one of my global projects at KPMG.

Jul 01, 2017

Joined the ISACA Puget Sound Chapter Board

Joined as a Webmaster role. In 2018 our local chapter website was recognized nationally thanks to me going the extra mile. I've transitioned into the chapter Marketing Director since and am involved in evangelizing and growing the chapter.

Jun 01, 2017

Became Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)

This was a fairly new certification at the time that covered cloud data security, architecture and design, cloud operations, infrastructure security, application security and compliance.

May 01, 2018

Joined Microsoft

I am loving the extraordinary, transformational and challenging initiatives I've been working on since I joined Microsoft. My focus at Microsoft has been in various cybersecurity domains, but I am incredibly grateful to also have been involved in so many opportunities to contribute to projects outside of my core focus areas.

Oct 01, 2018

Co-Founded Women in Tech Global

Co-founded this organization along with Antoaneta Manko in effort to increase women’s global impact in tech through collaboration, growing, inspiring, celebrating, mentoring and creating opportunities for each other. We drive our objectives forward by embracing diversity and inclusion. Although this community aims to build a support network for women with Bulgarian heritage, we welcome anyone, regardless of their gender, ethnicity or current profession.

Nov 01, 2019

Completed C# in .NET Core Program at the UW

Since I work directly with software engineers at Microsoft, delivering world-class identity management solutions, I decided I want to challenge myself further. I applied and got accepted into a 3-quarter program at the UW, in which I am learning hands-on C# in .NET Core Certificate programming and I love it!

Jan 08, 2020

Obtained the Security+ Certification

Security+ incorporates best cybersecurity practices in hands-on troubleshooting, ensuring candidates have practical security problem-solving skills required to assess the security posture of an enterprise environment and recommend and implement appropriate security solutions.

Oct 23, 2021

Recently I started writing about things I care about, but...

I don't take myself too seriously.

I just have fun and hopefully help some people along the way.