Scott Charney: Microsoft's security chief reveals all

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Shortly after the 9/11 bombings, Microsoft hired Scott Charney, a federal prosecutor for the US justice Department, to head up its Trustworthy Computing division. At AusCERT 2008, ZDNet.com.au caught up with Charney to hear his thoughts on how those events changed the security landscape and what he thinks about the current state of IT security.

The Trustworthy Computing division's sole task was to ensure that Microsoft made security the highest priority when developing products.

Charney was an interesting choice for Microsoft. In his role as lead federal prosecutor for the US Department of Justice's criminal division, he worked on every major hacking case in the United States between 1991 and 1999.

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