REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 31, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Scott Charney, a principal for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Cybercrime Prevention and Response Practice, has agreed to join Microsoft as chief security strategist. Charney will focus on developing strategies to enhance the security of Microsoft®
products, services and infrastructures as part of the Trustworthy Computing initiative. He is scheduled to start work at Microsoft on the first of April.
“As one of the industry’s top computer security experts, Scott has wide-ranging experience in cybercrime and computer forensics, which will make him an essential member of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing leadership team,” said Craig Mundie, chief technical officer at Microsoft. “Scott takes a long-term, industrywide perspective on security strategy and understands the critical challenge of building safe and secure software and services for our customers and the industry.”
“I am excited to join Microsoft, especially in light of the company’s significant commitment to Trustworthy Computing,” Charney said. “The opportunity to work at Microsoft to enable Trustworthy Computing through secure technologies, products and services made this job, in a word, irresistible.”
During Charney’s tenure at PricewaterhouseCoopers, he provided proactive and reactive computer security services to major companies, including designing and building computer security systems from scratch, testing existing systems, conducting cybercrime investigations, and assisting companies responding to electronic discovery requests.
Before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, Charney served as chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS), Criminal Division, at the Department of Justice, from 1991 to 1999. Under his direction, CCIPS investigated and prosecuted national and international hacker cases, economic espionage cases, and violations of federal criminal copyright and trademark laws. Before joining the federal prosecutive ranks, Charney was an assistant district attorney in Bronx County, New York, ultimately serving as deputy chief of the Investigations Bureau.
Charney holds a degree from Syracuse University College of Law as well as bachelor’s degrees in history and English from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
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