Steve’s career at Microsoft began in 1998 in the telecommunications practice of Microsoft Consulting Services where he worked with several ISPs and ASPs to design highly-available network architectures, develop hosting platforms for various custom and off-the-shelf applications, and deploy complex multi-site VPNs. His specialization in security led him next to the security consulting practice, where he worked with many customers to conduct security assessments and risk analyses, deploy technologies for attack prevention and intrusion detection, and assist with occasional incident response efforts. He moved to Microsoft's Security Business Unit in 2002 as a security strategist and evangelist, helping customers learn how to get and stay secure, working with IT pros, architects, and executives. The SBU merged with Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group, where he continued this work until 2009.
Steve is a frequent and popular speaker at conferences worldwide; speaking engagements have included multiple Microsoft TechEds and other conferences, plus SANS, RSA, Black Hat, Windows and Exchange Connections, Windows IT Pro Magazine roadshows, TechMentor conferences, the Institute for Applied Network Security, and InfoSec US, and (ISC)2.
Steve’s technical specialties include network and host security, communication protocols, network design, and information security policies and process. With the growth of cloud computing, Steve is working to help organizations understand how to address security, performance, and reliability concerns so that they can use the cloud to extend reach and create new business models. Having been born with an Ethernet cable attached to his belly button, Steve grew up in networking and telecommunications; he finds the simple telephone still provides endless hours of exploratory joy. Steve is co-author of Protect Your Windows Network. Besides lurking in the Internet’s dark alleys and secret passages, he enjoys mountain biking, clubbing and the occasional rave, freely sharing his opinions about the intersection of technology and culture, and hanging with his family and friends.