Talk about an acid test…

I’m on side with it. Who was it that said “keep your friends close and your enemies closer?”

Apparently Stephen Toulouse (a Senior PM at Microsoft) submitted a track of session to the annual BlackHat conference in the states and we’re one of the first software vendors to present a complete 5 session track on pre-release software (Windows Vista). eWeek has the full article here… Here’s the full lineup:

  • John Lambert – (Group Manager in Security Engineering and Communications group) will talk on the security engineering process behind Vista
  • Noel Anderson – (Group Manager in Wireless Networking group) will talk on WiFi changes and behaviours.
  • Abolade Gbadegesin (architect in the Windows Networking and Devices Technologies Division) on the re-written TCP-IP stack
  • Adrian Marinescu (developer in the Windows Kernel group) on Vista’s revamped heap usage stacks
  • Tony Chor (IE Program Manager) on security engineering methodology and how it was applied to IE7
  • Andrew Cushman (director of the Security Response, Engineering and Outreach team) on the way we’ve changed our internal process to deal with the changing security landscape.

Man – if I had some time for this conference – I’d be there… talk about the right guys for the job.

What do you think?  Is this a good thing? Would you go?