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