Jul 16 2007

Stephen Toulouse leaving Microsoft security

Published by at 10:08 pm under Microsoft

Stephen Toulouse has been one of the most visible security people at Microsoft since 2002.  If you go to any major convention, there’s a good chance Stephen would be the one organizing the meetings with bloggers.  Or at least thats how I met him.  I was talking to Richard Bejtlich at RSA 2006, the first time I’d actually talked to Richard one on one, and he mentioned he was heading to a lunch put on by Sunbelt Software and Microsoft.  I tagged along and Stephen immediately made me feel welcome at the lunch and a great conversation was had by all.  Unluckily, I didn’t get a chance to meet Stephen again until RSA this year, and now it appears I won’t be seeing him at any Microsoft lunches any time in the foreseeable future.

Stephen is still working for Microsoft, he just won’t be with the security team any longer.  If there’s one thing that’s geekier than being a Microsoft security guru, it’s becoming an X-box Live guru. I’m not a console gamer, but from what I’ve read on his site, that really is Stephen’s passion.  And if you can get a job doing your passion, I say go for it!  I know from recent personal experience, it may not always work out as planned.  But it’s better to have tried and failed than to live your life regretting the chances that slipped through your fingers.

Congratulations Stephen.  The security teams loss is Xbox Live’s gain.  Of course, this means you’re off the list for RSA 2008’s Security Bloggers Meetup, but there has to be a price to pay for your dream job.

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