Speaker Bio

Scott Charney

Vice President, Trustworthy Computing
Microsoft Corp.

As Microsoft Corp.’s Vice President, Trustworthy Computing, Scott Charney oversees the company’s Trustworthy Computing initiative, which aims to promote a safe, private and reliable computing experience for everyone. Charney also leads the Security Strategies Group, which works with product teams and others at Microsoft to advance the development of secure products, services and infrastructures through the use of appropriate policies and controls, the implementation of best practices, and the development of useable security products and services. He also collaborates with others in the computer industry and the government to make computing more secure for all users. Charney’s goal is to reduce the number of successful computer attacks and increase the confidence of all users in the security of their personal computer.

Charney has a wealth of experience in computer security in the private sector and government. Most recently, he was a principal for the professional services organization PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he led the firm’s Cybercrime Prevention and Response Practice. He provided proactive and reactive computer security services to Fortune 500 companies and smaller enterprises. Those services included designing and building computer security systems, testing existing systems and conducting cybercrime investigations.

Before joining PwC, Charney served as chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. As the leading federal prosecutor for computer crimes, he helped prosecute nearly every major hacker case in the United States from 1991 to 1999. He co-authored the original Federal Guidelines for Searching and Seizing Computers, the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, federal computer crime sentencing guidelines, and the Criminal Division’s policy on appropriate computer use and workplace monitoring. He also chaired the Group of Eight nations (G8) Subgroup on High-Tech Crime, served as vice chair and head of the U.S. delegation to an ad hoc group of experts on global cryptography policy for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and was a member of the U.S. delegation to OECD’s Group of Experts on Security, Privacy and Intellectual Property Rights in the Global Information Infrastructure.

Before working for the federal government, Charney was an assistant district attorney in Bronx County, N.Y., ultimately serving as a deputy chief of the Investigations Bureau. In addition to supervising 23 prosecutors responsible for arson, racketeering, political corruption and economic crimes, he developed a computer tracking system that was later used throughout the city for tracking criminal cases.

Charney has received numerous professional awards, including the prestigious John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement in 1995 and the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in 1998. He was nominated to the Information System Security Association’s Hall of Fame in 2000. That same year, the Washington Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association presented him with its award for excellence in critical electronic infrastructure protection. Among his other affiliations, he served on the American Bar Association Task Force on Electronic Surveillance, the American Health Lawyers Association Task Force on Security and Electronic Signature Regulations, the Software Engineering Institute Advisory Board at Carnegie-Mellon University, and the Privacy Working Group of the Clinton administration’s Information Infrastructure Task Force.

He holds a law degree with honors from Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., and bachelor’s degrees in history and English from the State University of New York in Binghamton.

Charney spends some of his free time learning Visual C++® for fun. He also enjoys long hikes in the woods and programming in the Visual FoxPro® database development system.