Lipner Steps Down as Head of MSRC
Lipner's departure marks the second such leadership change at Microsoft's Security Response Center in less than a year.Steve Lipner, the head of Microsoft Corp.s Security Response Center, is stepping down to take a new job at the company. Kevin Kean, a seven-year Microsoft veteran, will be taking over Lipners duties, Microsoft said Wednesday. This departure marks the second such leadership change at the MSRC in less than a year. Scott Culp, the former manager of the center, quit in December to become a program manager for security strategies under Scott Charney, the companys chief security strategist. Lipner will become the director of security engineering strategy in the Security Business Unit, headed by Mike Nash. Kean is currently a senior group product manager for Windows Server 2003 and has been involved with the Secure Windows Initiative. He joined Microsoft, based in Redmond, Wash., in 1996 as a group product manager for management and communications products.
In his new role, Kean will take over responsibility for the companys entire security response organization, a group that regularly comes under harsh criticism from users and security experts alike. The MSRC is responsible for responding to any security issue found in a Microsoft product and is the group that writes the security bulletins and produces patches when flaws are found.