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Microsoft Snares Top Vulnerability Talent

News being reported over at ZDNet indicates that Microsoft has convinced the founder of Symantec's Vulnerability Research efforts to join the Microsoft Security Response Center.

While her stay at Symantec was relatively short, Katie Moussouris is a noted penetration tester who was a part of @Stake when it was purchased by Symantec in 2004. Her new role at Microsoft is to be involved with security community efforts, including working with independent researchers who discover vulnerabilities with Microsoft products.

One of the biggest complaints from third party researchers who have attempted to notify Microsoft of serious issues with their software is that Microsoft used to be very difficult to work with and very unresponsive to reports of vulnerabilities. Katie's new role at Microsoft will hopefully go a long way to help overcome this particular stumbling block that external researchers still sometimes encounter.

This practice of hiring in the top talent at Microsoft is expected to continue, with noted historical security-related hirings including researchers from McAfee, and Mark Russinovich, formerly of SysInternals.

17 May 2007

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