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# 36075 19-Jun-2009 09:48
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Laying off Steve Riley, who I consider to be Microsoft’s face of security, is a terrible mistake.

What is Microsoft’s stance on security now?  This is a very disturbing move.  First Jesper and now this. Many people were actually starting to believe that Microsoft really IS dedicated to security.  Steve Riley was The Microsoft security evangelist and was very good at it.

Two of the best security guys that I have ever seen you had and lost.  It’s tragic and scares me greatly, and it should scare you.  I would think that this is one area of the company where you would want the best people.  

Dedicated to security?  I am not sure I believe it anymore.  And what do you do with ISA? In my opinion, there has never been a more vocal proponent of ISA from a security perspective than Steve Riley.  

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  # 226592 19-Jun-2009 10:11
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If he was responsible for onecare then its well deserved!!..
sorry slightly offtopic i know.. lol

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  # 226608 19-Jun-2009 10:58
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Microsoft still has ~90,000 employees in 105 countries somehow I think 2 evangelists being made redundant will not have the impact you're describing on the actual security of the products.

He did do really good presentations though and was a marketing boon so I think it's probably a mistake in that area.


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  # 234179 11-Jul-2009 19:17
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Steve Riley is a great speaker and I'm glad to got the chance to listen to him a couple of times. TechEd won't be the same without him.

I wonder where he buys his sneakers?

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  # 238727 24-Jul-2009 19:47
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It's a shame thats for sure, but for good or bad Microsoft is bigger than just one man, their Security Development Lifecycle is what has from my impressions made their stuff secure.

As for ISA... I've always hated it, but each to their own.

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