Goodbye Avira, ready for the new challenges! (updated)

With this email, I announced my colleagues in Avira that I am going very soon to take on a new challenge outside of Avira:

Hello,

In each of our lives comes a time when we have to leave “home” and try something new.
After 11 years, this time has come for me as well.
And what a great time it was! Avira will always have a good warm place in my heart and mind. Thank you all for these great years.

I will be around until end of May and before that I’ll send an invitation for a piece of cake so that we can say goodbye.

I would love to stay in touch with you and I am sure you will find ways to reach me 😉 .

Kind regards,
Sorin

I almost forgot what I did in these 11 years, but fortunately, my LinkedIn profile did not.

A bit of history

Here is a compressed summary:

2003 – I started as a software developer and created some critical technologies and products for the old H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH

2004 – founded together with Mihai Angel the Avira Soft SRL in Bucharest, Romania.

2005-2010 – with different titles, I managed the software development of AVIRA’s Romanian branch, acting also as an interface with the German Teams. With those great guys, who unfortunately, are no longer with Avira (with a few exceptions), I created the probably the first cloud service in the AV industry called RealTime Protection Service (RTPS) (2006), the first Antispam and Antiphishing product of Avira, a consumer firewall and SAVAPI (the public SDK for the Avira’s engine, used todays by millions of users, especially in China).

2010 – created with a few other people the first Project Management department in Avira

since 2011 – switched to product management, being in charge with the Windows products.

since Dec 2013 – started to manage also the Mac product

since 2010 – I’ve been the official press speaker for Avira. Here is a list where I have been quoted or where I wrote articles.

In this time I have obtained the following certifications:

2010 – CompTIA Project+

2010 – CompTIA Security+

2012 – (ISC)2 CSSLP

 

Quite busy eleven years in my professional life … and a great time with my colleagues.

 

What’s next?

 

I started my own consulting business: www.mustaca.com/consulting

This position is going to use all my experience and knowledge accumulated in these years:

  • Software Development

  • Security, especially Secure Software Development

  • Product Management

  • Project Management

  • Negotiation skills, especially in multicultural environment.

  • Leadership

 

What about writing?

Writing for Avira’s Techblog was never part of my job description.

So, I will continue to write in my own blog, I will continue to enhance my free eBook “Improve your security“, write for the new book “Improve your product’s security” and other projects.

What about magazines?

If you are a journalist and want my opinion about IT Security topics, please contact me at press@mustaca.com.

I will answer and you can quote me as “Independent IT Security Expert”. I also have a press pack prepared for you (available on request).

 

 

If you have any questions, or want to know more, just let me know.

 


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About the Author

Sorin Mustaca

Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since year 2000 in the IT Security industry and worked between 2003-2014 for Avira as Product Manager for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Today he is an independent IT Security Consultant focusing on Cybersecurity, secure software development and security for IoT and Automotive. He is also running his personal blog Sorin Mustaca on Cybersecurity and is the author of the free eBook Improve your security .

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