It’s been over a decade since I joined my first startup. During that decade I’ve certainly learnt a lot, and one of the biggest takeaways is that at different stages of startup life you need to bring different people on board.

In my experience the biggest blocker for startup’s growth…


Regardless whether you’re creating and selling software or you’re just using it to run your daily operation, you are an IT company. Show me a business which doesn’t require technology as an essential element of its strategy and I’ll show you what you’re missing.

If you’ve been listening closely to…


You need a separate room if you want to be effective while working remotely. There are so many reasons for it that even though I’ve been working remotely for over 7 years, every few months I discover new benefits of it.

Many people attempt remote work, hoping that their lives…


https://hacked.com/googles-ai-became-highly-aggressive-major-financial-implications/

We had this worry years ago, and guess what? Nothing is happening in the space that would reduce the number of required security professionals to keep the world spinning.

If anything, more than ever we need security professionals in all disciplines. …


Image from https://www.2-sec.com/2017/08/day-life-2-sec-penetration-tester/

I’ve recently was asked for a numerous time — “Is being a great developer vital when choosing information security as a professional career?”, so I decided to write a more in-depth answer to the question.

My answer below:

Beneficial? Yes.

Necessary? By no means. Demand for development skills in infosec…


Picture from http://blog.linguistica-international.com/4-ways-translation-can-send-your-roi-through-the-roof/

Having worked on both sides of the fence, I want to share my biggest lessons learnt during my career that entailed:

  • being a penetration tester and red teamer
  • being an accomplished bug bounty hunter
  • working as an internal QA engineer, Security Engineer and Security Architect a’ka blue teamer
  • running and…


Credit goes to chasezephyr, at http://img07.deviantart.net/b475/i/2010/169/e/9/halo_red_vs_blue_by_chasezephyr.jpg

I’ve seen following questions pop up very often, so decided to write some brief blogpost about it from my POV.

For how long will the security testers’ work be required?

What is the future of IT security industry and penetration testing?

This is my bio which adds some context to the whole article

I started my ‘adventure’ in the IT world from…


Make everyone involved

You need everyone’s perspective. To build robust security program which actually solves problems of your organisation, you need questions and insights of other employees.
Sometimes, we’re not even aware that employees use a specific tool, thus we have no way of protecting them. You need to talk to people, you…


Have you seen this^ yet?

In the past few weeks I’ve seen a flood of these among my acquaintances on Facebook. People perceive it as a funny feature and are happy to share such information with their networks.

All appears to be good, but have we really thought thru consequences…


Make each action purpose and data driven

Both in personal and professional life, trust is hard to earn and unbelievably hard to regain. Every step you take in any new relationship should be carefully planned.
When you’re joining a new company, for the first couple of months — or as long as it takes you to prove yourself…

Dawid Bałut

Senior Security Director at Egnyte

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