Microsoft Red Team Intelligence PM | Keynote Speaker | Cybersecurity Thought Leader | Women in Tech Global Co-Founder | OWASP Seattle Leader | ISACA PSC Board Director | WiCyS Washington Director | Certified Ethical Hacker Advisory Board | GIAC Advisory Board | Climbing Apline Peaks

I am Senior Security Program Manager on the Microsoft Red Team Intelligence team. This simply means I develop and drive various security initiatives that enable Microsoft to approach our defenses through an attacker's lens. Prior to this, I used to lead the Offensive Security (Red Team) TPM 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.

I bring a diverse cybersecurity background spanning various cyber domains. Prior to joining Microsoft, I have been fortunate to lead multiple global scale cyber initiatives in Big 4 cybersecurity 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 give back to the security community by serving on several leading security non-profit organizations including OWASP Seattle, WiCyS Washington, ISACA Puget Sound Chapter, the EC Council's Certified Ethical Hacker Board and the GIAC Advisory Boards. I am also on the Leadership Team of the Microsoft Women in Security Forum. I hold multiple leading cybersecurity certifications and I am currently enrolled in the SANS Technology Institute Masters of Science in InfoSec Engineering program.

I am originally from Bulgaria. I haven't always been into technology. In fact, I'd probably laugh if ~12 years ago someone told me that I'd end up with a career in cybersecurity (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 in 2019 I 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 career path and having to put myself through college while working full time hasn't always been easy. That's why I am passionate about inspiring and empowering others on their journeys, 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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Upcoming Events

AI and the Cybersecurity Battlefield: A New Era of Security25 Sep 2024Amsterdam, Netherlands

Past Events

How Does Generative AI Has Changed the AI Threat Landscape26 Jun 2024Miami, FL, USA
From Developer to Defender22 Mar 2024Microsoft Building 33, Northeast 36th Way, Redmond, WA, USA
"Securing the Future: CISO Insights and Industry Leaders Discussing Current Cyber Threats and Strategic Defense Practices"29 Feb 2024Bellevue, WA, USA
Do you know where your secrets are?22 Feb 2024Kirkland, WA, USA
Latinas in Cyber | Navigating the Future of Digital Defense in the Age of AI22 Feb 2024Online Event
AI and Security Fundamentals for Small Business - Webinar17 Jan 2024Online Event
Keynote - The Future of Security is Here. Now What?18 Oct 2023León, Spain
Keynote - AI Unleashed: Securing the Future in a World We No Longer Recognize04 Oct 2023Baltimore, MD, USA
Keynote - AI Unleashed: Securing the Future in a World We No Longer Recognize28 Sep 2023Bellevue, WA, USA
Invited Speaker: VoiceAmerica/ "And Security For All"18 Aug 2023Online Event
Keynote - The Future of Security is Here and is Powered by AI. Now What?22 Mar 2023Meydenbauer Place, Bellevue, WA, USA
Women in Cybersecurity Panel08 Mar 2023Online Event
MITRE ATT&CK Framework: Deep Dive Workshop29 Nov 2022Online Event
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 2020Online Event
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 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 Metrics that Tell a Story17 May 2017Seattle, WA, USA
RSA Charge, Archer eGRC SmartSuite in the Cloud26 Oct 2016New Orleans, LA, USA

Sometimes inspiration strikes and I write random stuff but...

I don't take myself too seriously.

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