Steve Riley on Security

Formerly of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group.

Good bye, and good luck

Good bye, and good luck

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Friends, as a part of Microsoft’s second round of restructuring, my position was eliminated yesterday and my employment with Microsoft has ended. While there were many rewards that came from my job, the most satisfying element was knowing that our time spent together helped improve everyone—whether at conferences or through this blog, I’ve learned as much from you as you’ve learned from me. Sharing information, debating positions, and doing the right work for the right reasons are all very important and I’m honored and humbled to have been trusted by so many of you.

I’m certainly not disappearing. While I won’t be at TechEd North America this year (yes, I’m truly sad about that), I’ll remain involved in the security industry. You can find me on LinkedIn at And I’ve got a new blog at, where I promise I’ll start writing more. Please check in there for updates, and I’ll be sure to let you all know where I land next.

  • Today the disappointing news reached us that our colleague and top Microsoft speaker Steve Riley has

  • Hi Steva,

    Sorry to hear that you have to leave Microsoft. I consider myself lucky that (thanks to Tony and Daniel) I was able to hear you speak at TechED EMEA in Barcelona last year.

    Wauw....IT FOrums will never be the same without you and your great 'shows'....

    ALl the best!


  • Aw shucks. Some manager dude somewhere up there must have done what manger dudes do best: decide in utter ignorance. They'll probably find out two hours before TechEd NA starts. "Hey, where's the guy who used to do all those great presentations?" "You fired him!" "I did? Duh, I never knew!"

  • Oh man... So couple of weeks ago we was discussing about your visit in Poland at our conference and right now this happend :(

    I'm really sorry about this. We're losing really great guy from MS. I hope that at least you will be speaker on next MS conferences.

    I wish you good luck, and probably we will see somwhere someday...

  • Today the disappointing news reached us that our colleague and top Microsoft speaker Steve Riley has

  • Very sad to hear this, Steve.  Both your presentation style and your message are such a huge benefit to IT Pros and Network Security-minded professionals.  It's a shame you won't be doing it while wearing the blue shirt.  (wait.. did you EVER wear the blue shirt? :)

    Best to you!


  • Very sorry to hear the news Steve - we'll miss you at TechEd in Australia. All the best, and I'll make absolutely sure to follow your new blog.

  • Unbelieveable disappointing news!  Truly wish you the best of luck wherever this career change leads you!

  • Highly unfortunate and, to my mind, a big mistake on the part of the company.

    Good luck!


  • Sorry to hear you're leaving. I truly learned a lot from your work and I will surely miss you at Tech Ed.

    Good luck!


  • Was looking forward to see you again at TechEd US, a shame that you will not be able to be there. I don't understand the beancounters. Hope to see you back in Europe

    all the best


  • Strange times make for strange decisions. Steve you have been on my top 10 "Must see, must hear" list for years now and I am extremely confident you will keep that position. Only the company tag will change. Goodbye, thanks for the fish, and hope to see and hear from you soon!

    Kind regards,

    Kees de Vos

    The Netherlands.

  • Now I'm certain MS is wandering in the dark. Thanks for all your many contributions over the years, Steve. Don't be stranger to the Security community.

  • I hope MS does not lose its focus on IT Security without an evangelist like Steve.

    You will be missed by many.

    Kevin Burney

  • I just wonder whether the cost saving vs the potential (in my mind very real) hard costs /losses in revenue have been looked into before making this decision.

    In a non MS security shop such as ours you alone made enough of an impression to open our "Symantec" only shop seriously look at MS for its security stuff. To say you are well known is like saying a few people knew of Elvis!!

    The impact of your presence, presentations and non MS style engendered many in the industry to look at MS as a place to solve its security issues.

    The reverse will know happen in many organisations and as security is so tied up with identity management there goes another opportunity to priovide an integrated and strategic solution set.

    You will be missed but I doubt you will still be ever present in the community. Good luck

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