January 31, 2002 6:35 PM PST
Microsoft appoints new security chief
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, from 1991 to 1999.
Security has become a critical issue for Microsoft.
Gartner analyst John Pescatore says Scott Charney's experience could help elevate the importance of security at Microsoft--if the company is ready to listen to him.
Though many experts doubt whether Microsoft can successfully secure its products, they agree that the company must improve its record.