Mike Reavey is the senior director of the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) in the Trustworthy Computing Group at Microsoft Corp. In this role, Reavey leads Microsoft’s security response team in detecting and addressing software vulnerabilities in Microsoft products. Additionally, Reavey engages with cross-Microsoft product groups and the external researcher community to proactively identify security threats and help keep customers protected.
Reavey has worked with the MSRC since 2003, continually aiming to improve the team’s response framework. Most notably, Reavey was very involved in resolving the Zotob, Sasser and Blaster virus outbreaks.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Reavey was a team leader for the Air Force Communications Agency and the 92nd Information Warfare Squadron in the U.S. Air Force. In this role, he worked to secure and optimize global air force networks.
Reavey was drawn to Microsoft because of the company’s ability to impact change in the security landscape, as well as Microsoft’s focus on continually improving product security. Additionally, he was intrigued by the reality that security fundamentally helps society as a whole, a notion that he also felt while working in the military. Diversity of challenges, smart minds, dedicated colleagues and the ability to work directly with the researcher community has kept Reavey passionate about this space.
Reavey received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1998. He is a Florida native, and while he misses the sun, opportunities and people have kept him loving Seattle for the past nine years.
Dave Forstrom is a director of incident response in the Trustworthy Computing Group at Microsoft Corp., where he leads crisis communications for security, privacy and reliability issues involving Microsoft products and services. Together with his team, Forstrom uses Microsoft's unparalleled threat intelligence and knowledge gained from response efforts to help customers have more confidence and feel safer online.
Forstrom has over ten years of incident response experience working across both the public and private sectors, with broad experience serving in leadership and consulting roles focused on information technology, computer security, networking and government relations. Having watched and experienced firsthand Microsoft's security evolution over the years, he joined the company in 2008, convinced by Microsoft's commitment and ability to have a broad impact on the future of secure computing.
In his current position, Forstrom takes pride in knowing that his day-to-day work-not only responding to threats, but also channeling customer feedback into product and service engineering-directly contributes to continued security and privacy innovation at Microsoft. His priority remains Microsoft customers, and he constantly pushes for improvement. At the end of the day, his team's charge, and that of all Trustworthy Computing is to protect and serve--helping to stop online criminals who invade our homes and our businesses through computers, threatening our very principles of security, privacy and trust.
Forstrom is originally from Alaska, relocating to the Pacific Northwest in 2008 from the Washington, D.C. area.
Dustin Childs has been with Microsoft since 2008 and is currently the group manager for incident response communications within the Trustworthy Computing Group at Microsoft Corp. In this role, Dustin is responsible for managing communications for all software security incidents, as well as overseeing communications related to Microsoft’s monthly security bulletin cycle.
Previously, Childs was a senior security program manager in the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC). In that role he focused on resolving issues in the Windows operating system and Microsoft’s developer tools and worked with security researchers and organizations who report security issues to Microsoft.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Childs performed intrusion detection, incident response and information warfare operations for the U.S. Air Force as both an active duty service member and a defense contractor. In this role, he worked to secure and optimize global Air Force networks as a member of the Air Force Computer Emergency Response Team (AFCERT).
Childs was drawn to Microsoft because of the company’s focus on constant improvement. The constant challenges and shifting threat landscapes bring new opportunities daily, which keep Childs excited about the impact he can have in this space.
Childs is an avid baseball fan and manages several youth teams. Childs has moved around the country, but still considers Kentucky to be his home. While he misses the easy access to country ham in Kentucky, he enjoys life here in the Pacific Northwest because of the people and small town feel.