Chris Betz is the senior director of the Microsoft Security Response Center in the Trustworthy Computing Group at Microsoft Corp. In his role, Betz leads the company’s security response team responsible for detecting and addressing all software vulnerabilities in Microsoft products, services and devices. In addition, Betz manages engagement with different product teams within the Microsoft community, as well as external researchers, to pre-emptively identify security threats and help protect customers.
Before joining Microsoft, Betz served as vice president of information security for CBS Corp., where he led the company’s information security practices. Before that he worked in a variety of leadership roles in the federal government. His experience includes leading cyberintrusion and threat analysis efforts, developing information security tools, and running incident response for enterprise organizations. Betz began his career in network operations and security while serving in the U.S. Air Force, and he later co-founded and served as chief technology officer for a digital forensics advisory firm focused on enterprise customers.
Driven by a passion for solving complex security problems, Betz joined Microsoft in 2013 to lead a team of incredibly skilled engineers dedicated to helping keep millions of customers safe from threats and vulnerabilities. The opportunity to work with an extended community of researchers and security experts also drew him to the role.
Betz has a bachelor of science in computer science from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is originally from Massachusetts and now lives in Washington state with his wife, Taresa, and their Labrador retriever, Lucky.
Pete has spent the better part of the last seven years representing Microsoft in security, privacy, and reliability incidents. In January, 2006, he began working at Waggener Edstrom on the TwC team and joined Microsoft in house on the TwC Response Communications team in January 2011.
Pete has earned communications degrees from Washington State and Gonzaga University. During the football season, he roots for Washington State and during the basketball season, you'll find him rooting for Gonzaga.