By Roadtrip Nation

Zoe Krumm


My road in life took a while to figure out.
She was on the crew team at the University of Washington, but she suffered an injury that put a hold on her college rowing career.
While she was injured, she started coaching a local rowing team; most of the women she was coaching were lawyers, and she thought she might want to be a lawyer too.
She was working on her master’s degree in education, but she decided to take an entry-level job at a law firm to see if she liked it.
She realized she probably didn’t want to be a lawyer, but she loved building cases.
That job got her foot into the door at Microsoft; she was brought on in the legal department.
Over the years, she developed a subject matter expertise and found her niche: she now works with law enforcement agencies to build cases against software counterfeiters and pirates.
She holds master’s degrees in business administration and education; she believes having multiple learning experiences and diverse perspectives is a huge asset.
For example, she says she always wanted to be a teacher—and still wants to be a teacher someday—but for now, she finds ways to apply her education degree to her work in forensics.
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Senior Business Intelligence Manager

I work with law enforcement agencies to build cases against software counterfeiters and pirates.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Working with Others

Day to Day

I specialize in using big data and advanced analytics to detect and combat cybercrime. Along with my colleagues, which include investigators, forensic experts, and attorneys, I am focused on building data models to explain and predict crime mechanics. My current focus includes tech support fraud and crime perpetrated against Microsoft cloud services.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

You will always do better work if you develop collaborative relationships with your colleagues. Take constructive criticism to heart and use that to move forward.

Recommended Education

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The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"Isn't there a dataset out there with the answers? This can't be that hard. "

Challenges I Overcame

Physical Issues

Interviewed By

Life Hackers

Life Hackers

Cybersecurity careers and pathways