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Karen Easterbrook

Sr Principal PM Manager

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I am a Senior Principal PM Manager in the Security and Cryptography team in Microsoft Research.  I have been in applied research teams in Microsoft for over 12 years, first on the “Venice” Mesh Networking incubation, a hardware project, and for the last 12 years, a variety of security and cryptography projects including searchable encryption, homomorphic encryption, various ECC projects, and most recently post-quantum cryptography and societal resilience.

Prior to joining MSR, I worked on visualization and management tools and infrastructure for IT in Visio and Windows.  I’ve shipped 10 products as a PM or Lead PM, including some interesting work in TCP/IP network discovery, agent-less management of distributed systems, and multi-layered network and distributed systems visualization.  My career started in IT, where I worked for 13 years designing and managing networks and distributed systems, including 4 years at Boeing as an Architect on the 777 program.

I have a B.A. in History from Stanford University.