Pauli leaves El Reg behind for Telstra infosec gig

By Phil Sim in Media News on
The Register’s security reporter Darren Pauli has departed El Reg to join Telstra working in a security threat intelligence role.

Paul started this work already and said he’s already relishing the new challenge.
“'ll be working on some interesting security projects with a broader aim of making everyone in the company more interested and aware of security, from execs to engineers,” he said.
While the new job means a departure from full-time journalism, Pauli said he was still hoping to dabble in writing in the future.
“Journalism runs in my veins, so there will be some longer form freelance writing down the line,” he said.
Pauli couldn’t speak highly enough of his peers at The Register - which he described as a “f**king excellent publication run by some of the most genuine humans I've had the privilege to meet”.
“They write with tenacity and mature insight, and are a riot to work with. I'll miss them all dearly.”
“I was impressed with the Vulture hacks from day one. Their mature information security reporting stands apart at a time where 'cyber' has been so rapidly rammed into headlines thanks in no small part to the Trump-Putin cuddlefest, and the continuous airing of intel agency dirty laundry.“
Indeed, Pauli believes that information security remains poorly understood.
“This has created fertile grounds for enterprise tech charlatans and military industrial complex baby killers to sow seeds of hype and fear,” he said.
“Though my excellent tech journalist peers certainly need no lesson from me, they would do well to treat these hype merchants with a high degree of skepticism. Australia and New Zealand have some of the world's very best security minds, many within small boutique firms, and a vibrant, inclusive, and booming community conference circuit. They deserve your collective attention.”
On a personal note, Pauli has another new challenge in his non-working life, welcoming four-week-old baby girl Harriet to the family.
“[She’s] making my foray into fatherhood seem easy. She sleeps, she smiles, and cries briefly.”

Simon Sharwood, The Register’s APAC editor said he’s never worked with a journalist who could match Pauli’s ability to “get right into a community, earns its trust and pull out great stories”.
“That ability meant he broke some colossal stories for us: he was tipped off about Heartbleed before it had a name, giving us a world exclusive by about a dozen hours.

He also nominated this and this as exceptional examples of Pauli’s writing abilities - both as a news journalist and feature writer.
“I really liked working with him because he pushed himself to do things like that story. He always had ideas and chased them down.”
“Suffice to say that when he told us he was leaving, we all said ‘bugger’. Nobody is irreplaceable. But we really liked what Darren brought to the site: the language, the energy, the hanging out in weird places.”

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