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The White House this week announced that Scott Charney, corporate vice president of Microsoft Corp.’s Trustworthy Computing Group, was selected to join the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) – a presidential advisory board composed of leaders in various key industries. Its membership is made up of thirty chief executives who represent the leading communications, network service, and information technology companies as well as prominent firms in the areas of aerospace technology and finance. Charney is one of 6 NSTAC appointees announced.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity to advise on, and help advance, the mission of the Obama Administration’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee,” said Charney. “I look forward to working with the other members of the committee to address the challenges of security and reliability in communications, in turn fostering a more resilient national security and emergency preparedness posture.”
Charney serves as Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for Trustworthy Computing, Engineering Excellence, and Environmental Sustainability. Trustworthy Computing is Microsoft's effort to help ensure secure, private and reliable computing experiences for everyone. As part of this effort, the Trustworthy Computing team works with business groups throughout the company to ensure their products and services adhere to Microsoft's security and privacy policies. It also engages with governments, industry partners, and computer users on important security and privacy issues such as critical infrastructure protection, software assurance, and identity management.
Previously, Charney was named co-chair of the Commission on Cyber Security, a nonpartisan Commission of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) that developed a comprehensive strategy for organizing and prioritizing efforts to secure America’s computer networks and critical infrastructure.
Before joining Microsoft in 2002, Charney led PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Cybercrime Prevention and Response Practice providing computer security services to Fortune 500 companies and smaller enterprises. He also served as Chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Charney chaired the Group of Eight nations Subgroup on High-Tech Crime and served as Vice Chair and Head of the U.S. delegation to the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Global Cryptography Policy for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He served as member of the U.S. delegation to the OECD's Group of Experts on Security, Privacy and Intellectual Property Rights in the Global Information Infrastructure; and was a member of the Clinton Administration's Information Infrastructure Task Force serving on the Privacy Working Group that published principles for handling personally identifiable information. Charney also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, N.Y., where he later was named Deputy Chief of the Investigations Bureau. He holds two B.A. degrees from the State University of New York in Binghamton and a J.D. from Syracuse University.