Symantec vulnerability research founder joins Microsoft

Katie Moussouris, a pen testing specialist who founded and managed Symantec Vulnerability Research, has left 'Big Yellow' to join Microsoft as a security strategist.

Katie Moussouris
Katie Moussouris, a pen testing specialist who founded and managed Symantec Vulnerability Research, has left 'Big Yellow' to join Microsoft as a security strategist.

Moussouris (right*), who joined Symantec with the acquisition of @Stake in 2004, has taken up an office in the MSRC (Microsoft Security Response Center), the Redmond unit tasked with responding to flaw warnings and security crises.

At the MSRC, Moussouris will focus on the company's security community efforts, which include liaising closely with hackers and researchers who find -- and exploit -- holes in Microsoft software products.  

The Symantec Vulnerability Research unit was created by Moussouris in 2004 and was the first program to allow researchers employed by Symantec to publish vulnerability findings. 

Microsoft has been busy hiring key personnel from the anti-virus sector. These include former McAfee anti-malware experts Jimmy Kuo and Vinny Gullotto.

* Note: The photo above was taken from this 1999 GirlGeek of the week profile of Moussouris.

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