On Friday, I participated in a panel entitled “Rebooting Trust? Freedom vs. Security in Cyberspace” at the 50th Munich Security Conference. During my presentation, I discussed Microsoft’s initiatives to protect customer data from government snooping, which Microsoft General Counsel & Executive Vice President Brad Smith recently announced. Brad outlined three areas where Microsoft would be taking action: expanding encryption across our services; reinforcing legal protections for our customers’ data; and enhancing the transparency of our software code.
Matt Thomlinson is Vice President of Security at Microsoft and leads the Microsoft Security Engineering Center (MSEC), the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) and Global Security Strategy & Diplomacy (GSSD) and internal Network Security (NetSec). His teams are responsible for proactively implementing training, tools and processes to improve the security of Microsoft products and services. As such, Matt is responsible for assessing the threat to, and assuring the security of, Microsoft products and services from their inception, development, and through their supported life.