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Yet another benefit of executive support for SDL…

  • Dave Ladd

In the interest of giving Adam a break on the threat modeling series, I thought I’d take this week and give him a breather.  As much as I like him blogging about threat modeling, I like him driving our tool development efforts even more…

As we have alluded to many times in the past, our success with the SDL has been predicated on a number of factors – however I’d like to focus on one very important factor – namely executive support for the work that we do.

One could argue that the support we receive from executive management is borne out of necessity – if we truly mean what we say when we talk about our commitment to protecting customers, we damned well better have the people and processes in place to deliver on that commitment.  There’s more than a grain of truth to that notion – however, for us to grow the SDL (and by proxy, our other security and privacy initiatives) we need to deliver value to the executive suite beyond simply maintaining the status quo.

Our success has been borne out by a lot of hard work by folks all across our organization – providing timely, accurate information to our customers, continuing our outreach to the security researcher community, helping product groups secure their products, improvement of our tool suite, and of course, continuous improvement of the SDL.  At the end of the day, the work being done by the various teams in Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing group provides value (IMHO) well beyond the primary goal of protecting customers – the whole is truly greater than the sum of the parts.

The people in our group have a lot of ideas about how to make our security efforts more effective – “smart,” “practical,” “wild,” or “extraordinary” are all reasonable adjectives to apply to the discussions that take place on a daily basis here – which leads to my next point.  Since we have done an excellent job earning the trust of our management, we find ourselves happy victims of the old adage:  “Be careful of what you ask for, you may get it…”

Our group – Security Engineering and Community (SEC), the home of the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), Secure Windows Initiative (SWI) and the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) – is expanding; despite the increased societal awareness of security and privacy, our commitment (and desire) to protect customers has not waned one bit. As a result, we have some great opportunities for talented Program Managers, Developers and Testers who are passionate about security and want to make Microsoft products and the ecosystem as a whole as secure as possible.

If you’re a motivated type with strong security chops and looking to make a difference, you can find the list of open positions on the Microsoft Career Website. Here’s your chance to contribute your own smarts, practicality or wildness (!) to the experience that is SEC.

As I mentioned above, our parent organization is the Trustworthy Computing group – so if none of these opportunities suit your fancy, you might consider expanding your search to see the other open positions in our org.

Job Title

Job Code / Search Link

Program Manager – Microsoft Security Response Center


Program Manager – Security Tool Development


Program Manager – Security Tool Development


Software Development Engineer in Test – Security Tool Development


Software Development Engineer – Penetration Testing Team


Software Development Engineer – Security Science Team


Program Manager – Security Development Lifecycle, Agile Development Practices


Program Manager – Security Development Lifecycle, Security Tools


Program Manager – Security Development Lifecycle


Software Development Engineer – Windows Security Assurance


Director – TwC Excellence


On a final note, Adam plans to write at least a couple more posts on threat modeling – so stay tuned. We are winding down for the Thanksgiving holiday so we will not be posting next week.   Enjoy your Turkey Day!