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This article is part of the July 2005 issue of Why business managers are a breed of security professional
As Karen Worstell decoded her final encryption exam, it became clear to the then-biology/chemistry student that her true calling was information security. Nearly 20 years later, the recently appointed Microsoft CISO is charged not only with securing what is arguably the biggest target on the Internet, but also with ensuring Microsoft's products meet high security standards. How do you keep Microsoft and its internal architecture secure? The thing that's cool about security is that it's such a complicated problem, and it touches every single part of IT. We use some very standard approaches that anyone would recognize—we have a defense-in-depth strategy. We run a pretty much perimeterless environment that's very focused on security at the host and application layers, as opposed to security out in the network. You also have a role in product quality control. What security checks do Microsoft products have to pass? Our product group has a security team that checks with its own security design lifecycles. Then, the product moves to the IT department in beta form.... Access >>>
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