[ISN] Microsoft security chief quits UK role

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Thu Oct 14 04:53:24 EDT 2004


By Graeme Wearden and Dan Ilett 
October 13 2004 
Stuart Okin, the public face of Microsoft UK's security work, has
resigned from the software giant.

In an email sent by Okin on Wednesday afternoon, and seen by
silicon.com sister site ZDNet UK he revealed he was "moving on to
pastures new" after eight years at Microsoft. Okin confirmed those
"pastures" will be within Accenture.

Okin was appointed as Microsoft UK's first chief security officer in
February 2002, and is well respected by security professionals.

Simon Perry, vice-president of security strategy at Computer
Associates, said: "This should definitely be seen as a positive move
for Stuart's ability and ambition."

"It should also be seen as a show of initiative for Accenture and not
interpreted as Microsoft backing off from their security initiatives
in any way."

During Okin's time at the helm Microsoft has been under growing
pressure and criticism for the state of some of its software,
especially Internet Explorer.

Okin's shoes will be partially filled by Nick McGrath, Microsoft's
head of platform strategy, who will now become the "security
orchestration lead", according to Okin's email.

McGrath told ZDNet UK that Okin was moving to become an associate
partner at Accenture, the management consultancy firm.

"This is an incredibly good move for Stuart, and I'm incredibly
pleased for him," said McGrath, adding that Okin will be continuing
his security work at Accenture.

Yesterday Microsoft admitted that a further 22 flaws had been found in
its Office software. Despite this, McGrath believes the security
battle can be won.

"The security challenge facing the industry is the same for all
software products," insisted McGrath.

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