[ISN] Microsoft appoints new security chief

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Date: Fri Feb 01 2002 - 02:43:37 PST

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    By Robert Lemos 
    Staff Writer, CNET News.com
    January 31, 2002, 6:35 PM PT
    Update - Microsoft appointed a former U.S. Department of Justice
    attorney to its top security position, the company announced Thursday.  
    Scott Charney, currently the principal for digital risk management and
    forensics at PricewaterhouseCoopers, will become chief security
    strategist on April 1, overseeing the software giant's internal and
    product security policies.
    Charney will replace Howard Schmidt, who has left his role as chief
    security officer at Microsoft to become vice chairman of the federal
    Critical Infrastructure Protection Board.
    The White House refused to comment, as did Charney.
    Before he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers, Charney served as the chief
    of the computer crime and intellectual property section of the U.S.  
    Department of Justice, between 1991 and 1999.
    Security has become a critical issue for the software giant.
    Despite several initiatives to secure the Windows operating system and
    Microsoft's major applications, bugs have still plagued the company.
    Two weeks ago, a memo from Microsoft chairman Bill Gates to employees
    criticized the company's track record in security and set the creation
    of secure software as the company's top priority.
    While many experts doubt whether Microsoft can successfully secure its
    products, they agree that it must improve its record.
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