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Tao L

Tao L

Director of IT


I was born in China, then came to England in 1999 for education. I got my first job as a web developer before I graduated from University of Salford. Since then, my career has progressed really well, and I decided to stay in this lovely country. My professional life always involves technology, and I think it always will! I've worked as a web engineer, a systems engineer, a solution architect, an enterprise architect, and very recently, as the director of IT here at PortSwigger. I task myself to bring a modern, secure, and easy-to-maintain IT to both the company infrastructure and all our cloud-based products.

What was your best day at PortSwigger?

This is a really hard question to answer, as every single day is the best day in PortSwigger. Everyone is supportive, great to work with, and always open to new (sometimes crazy!) ideas.

When did you first hear about PortSwigger, or Burp Suite?

I heard about (and used) Burp Suite about two years ago when I worked as architect for an online gambling company. Since then, I have heard this name being mentioned over and over again by internal testing engineers and external pentesters. It hasn't stopped being mentioned in fact!

What was your first computer?

I got a Commodore 64 when I was about eleven years old and learnt BASIC, my first programming language, on it. I got a x86 PC around two years later, and that was when I made probably the best decision of my life. My career, and my whole life, must have computers involved!

Do you have any cool or interesting side projects?

I am building a home automation system which involves CCTV, intrusion detection, and an alerting system with AI - it involves hundreds of sensors, switches, and relays.

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