Posted by: Jay Dugan
Microsoft, Security, software, Steve Riley, trustworthy computing
The departure of security guru Steve Riley from Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group last week raises questions on the direction of Microsoft in the security arena. The move was termed a restructuring. Under the current economic conditions, many companies are now using this line to justify cutting costs or deadwood from their ranks.
Clearly this could not have been the reasoning in Steve’s case. His salary could only have been a microscopic particle compared to Microsoft’s multi billion dollar budget and he was far from deadwood. Steve is an author, blogger and much sought after speaker who entertained his audience on the normally dull topic of security. He wasn’t singled out. Apparently, Steve’s boss was sacked as well.
So what’s up? One comment on the subject from an IT industry consultant was: “I guess Microsoft thinks their software trustworthy.” I would like to hear what you think.