Kristina's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Cybersecurity

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Redmond, WA

KRISTINA LAIDLER

Director
Microsoft Cyber Defense Operations Center

“Take the no’s and just keep pushing through that—because you’re worth it...because you want something better.”

INTERESTS:

Business Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Passion Values Determination Confidence Fulfillment Community Goals Planning Opportunity Individualism Societal Pressures

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

challenges, collaboration, computers, doubt, evolving, follow your dreams, helping, helping others, learning, long term, making a difference, misconception, motivation, perseverance, perspective, protect, resilient, security

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Has a calling to protect people; helping to secure data and services in the Microsoft cloud helps her do that on a large scale.
  • On some level, she’s always been a security and privacy advocate—whether it was defending friends from bullies or standing up for the vulnerable.
  • In college at Washington State University, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do, but knew she needed to make a living.
  • She says to think three to five years ahead—she started out in law enforcement, then planned and made the switch to cybersecurity.
  • When she started, everyone was self-taught and she was excited by the idea that you learned by doing the job.
  • She started out in computer analysis response and recovering evidence, and that opened a new door for her.
  • The biggest obstacles she faced came from within herself, wondering and worrying whether she knew enough.
  • Says you should feel like you’re getting as much from your job as you’re giving—when that happens, you know you’ve hit the right balance.

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