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by Simone Kaplan

Scott Charney Replaces Howard Schmidt as Microsoft CSO

Jun 11, 20021 min
CareersCSO and CISO

Microsoft Corp. in February names Scott Charney, a former principal for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Cybercrime Prevention and Response Practice, as chief security strategist. Charney replaced Howard Schmidt, who left the company in January to become vice chairman of the National Critical Infrastructure Protection Board (see above). Charney is responsible for service and infrastructure security , as well as for developing product security strategies.

Before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, Charney was chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS), Criminal Division, at the Department of Justice, from 1991 to 1999. While at the DOJ, Charney investigated and prosecuted national and international hacker cases, economic espionage cases, and violations of federal criminal copyright and trademark laws. Before joining the federal ranks, Charney was an assistant district attorney in Bronx County, New York, ultimately serving as deputy chief of the Investigations Bureau.

Charney holds a degree from Syracuse University College of Law as well as bachelor’s degrees in history and English from the State University of New York at Binghamton.