Kristina's Open Road


    Cybersecurity Roadtrip


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.”


Business Technology


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


Helping People


  • 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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