Hi, I’m Paula and I am an Enterprise Security MVP, Microsoft Regional Director, Harvard Business School graduate and cybersecurity expert, consulting Customers all around the world. I am also the CEO and Founder of CQURE Inc. and CQURE Academy – a company that delivers high-quality cybersecurity services. I live in Warsaw, Poland but I travel around the world for over 320 days a year!
I have my heart and soul in CQURE and I dedicated my whole professional life to run the business I love. As I always try to stay positive I strongly believe, that positive thinking is the key to success. Extreme attention to details and quality have brought me to the never-ending world of hacks, forensics, data theft and other security challenges! My work is my hobby and for the past 15 years I have been performing penetration tests, architecture consulting, trainings and seminars. The list of my most interesting security projects includes those for governmental organizations and largest enterprises. I absolutely adore speaking in public presented at biggest world-known conferences: Microsoft Ignite (rated No 1 Speaker in 2015, the Best Trainer in 2017), RSA (in 2017 in San Francisco my session was one of the 5 hottest sessions), Black Hat, TechEd North America, TechEd Europe, TechEd Middle East, CyberCrime and many others.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone just starting their career in IT, what would you tell them?
As I committed my whole professional life to cybersecurity, I can share few main steps to start your career in that field: Always be hungry for knowledge – might not be very revelatory but to start in cybersecurity you absolutely need to stay up to date and continuously level up your skills. Be present and feel responsible – deliver a presentation or write an article on users’ group. This way you force yourself to learn everything on a specific subject and then take responsibility for what you are presenting.
Master details – attention to details is crucial when it comes to cybersecurity. There are many great books on the subject but ‘Windows Internals’ book by Mark Russinovich is outstanding – make this book your best friend!
How do you stay up to date with changing technologies and updates?
Being up to date and researching new possibilities all the time absolutely is necessary in my work as a penetration tester. Luckily, I work and share knowledge with CQURE Team consisting of awesome experts who are absolutely addicted to being ahead of the game and need to know everything about current threats and trends in IT world.
How has IT changed since you first started your career?
IT is becoming more and more complex, so it requires much deeper specialization. I feel like today IT gives us many more opportunities to find our place in this world and master some particular subject as there are more opportunities and fields to choose from.
What advice would you give to a first-time Microsoft Ignite attendee?
At Microsoft Ignite you can meet men and women who are at the top of their game, making and shaping globally used technology which impacts the present and future of our world. First of all: hit up the popular speakers – here 100% satisfaction is guaranteed. Second of all: aim for the subjects that you don’t know yet. At Ignite you have an opportunity to learn from the best so attend sessions on subjects you are not that familiar with to learn and develop your interests.
What are you packing for Microsoft Ignite?
Sharing knowledge about cybersecurity with people would be impossible without my display adapters – it is my must-have gadget! It’s so easy when you have it always with you – just take an adapter and you are always ready to rock the stage and deliver great sessions!
Why should people follow you for Microsoft Ignite coverage?
Because cybersecurity is cool! Nowadays it is extremely important to be up-to-date with those issues as we are facing more and more threats every day. Also, good coverage full of insightful energy is worth more than a morning coffee! With the 86,400 seconds you have in a day, it is always worth to spend 600 seconds to learn something new.