5th Annual International Cybersecurity Conference

June 22nd-25th, 2015 Smolarz Auditorium, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Matt Thomlinson

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Vice President, Microsoft Cloud + Enterprise Security 

Matt Thomlinson is Vice President, Microsoft Cloud + Enterprise Security. Matt leads the organization responsible for Microsoft's world-class security response, innovative security solutions for customer protection, and cyber threat intelligence that power defenses for Microsoft and its products. Matt's career spans more than 20 years at Microsoft where he has contributed to a number of security technologies in Windows and numerous other Microsoft products.

Matt built Microsoft's security research group to further security science, improve the security of products and develop fundamentally new methods to mitigate security vulnerabilities. Once a founding member of the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), he now directs the central team that handles Microsoft's product & services security response. This technical team investigates vulnerability reports and associated malware, and work closely with the many communities involved in software security ranging from CERTs, researchers, law enforcement and governments.
During his time at Microsoft, Matt has led many security engineering efforts with global customer impact. Early in his career, Matt led various development teams building operating system infrastructure during the development of Windows Server 2003, Windows XP and Windows 2000. In 2003, he was the inspiration for, and directed the creation of Windows XP Service Pack 2, the first significant security improvement of the Windows client platform.
Matt is involved across the software industry as a security specialist, and is a 5-year board member and former chairman of NIST's Information Security & Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB). In 2014, Matt was recognized as a Federal 100 winner for his work to secure the US federal government, and a 2015 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader. Matt is named as inventor or co-inventor on over 20 patents on technologies ranging from secure secret storage and random number generators to various vulnerability mitigation techniques. He is a Seattle native and holds both Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.