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August 16, 2006

Microsoft grabs Symantec antivirus expert

Posted by David Hunter at 7:55 PM ET.

Ryan Naraine at PC Magazine:

Veteran virus-hunter Vincent ‘Vinny’ Gullotto has joined Microsoft to head its Security Research and Response team, a move that adds instant credibility to the software maker’s push into the Internet security market.

Gullotto, an anti-virus ace who served stints at McAfee and Symantec, will be general manager of the team, which handles all aspects of malware research and response.

The Security Research and Response team is not to be confused with the 10-year-old MSRC (Microsoft Security Response Center) that serves as hub for the company’s response to security incidents and software flaw warnings.

More details by following the link, but it is generally felt to be a strong move for Microsoft’s developing security product lines to bring in someone so well known and respected in the security software community.

Filed under Coopetition, Employee Retention, General Business, McAfee, Microsoft, Security, Symantec, Viruses and Worms

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