Endpoint

6/25/2018
03:30 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Intel Names Window Snyder as Chief Software Security Officer

The microprocessor giant hires security veteran credited with leading both Microsoft's and Apple's security advancements.

Famed security expert Window Snyder will join Intel next month as its chief software security officer and vice president and general manager of the Intel Platform Security Division.

Snyder, who most recently served as chief security officer at Fastly, is best known for quietly leading Apple's efforts to up its security game, as well as for her earlier role as senior security analyst at Microsoft, where she headed up the Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 security initiatives. She also led Mozilla to adopt its secure coding and vulnerability discovery and patching processes during her stint there as a chief security executive.

The addition of industry veteran Snyder appears to further demonstrate Intel's commitment to double down on the security of its software and products after a rocky year. 

Indeed, Intel has been under fire for major security vulnerabilities exposed in its microprocessor products — pressure that came to a head with the discovery of the so-called Meltdown and Spectre hardware vulnerabilities that allow for so-called side-channel attacks in most of its modern processors. With Meltdown, sensitive information in the kernel memory is at risk of being accessed nefariously; with Spectre, a user application can read the kernel memory as well as that of another application.

The end result: An attacker can read sensitive system memory containing passwords, encryption keys, and emails — and use that information to help craft a local attack.

Source: Window Snyder
Source: Window Snyder

In a blog post today announcing Snyder's new position at Intel, Doug Fisher, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Software and Services Group, said Snyder will head up the company's security product road map and continue its efforts to work with partners and the security industry.

"I am looking forward to Window leveraging her experience in the community and bringing further valuable industry insight into Intel's hardware-enabled security solutions," Fisher wrote.

Related Content:

Why Cybercriminals Attack: A DARK READING VIRTUAL EVENT Wednesday, June 27. Industry experts will offer a range of information and insight on who the bad guys are – and why they might be targeting your enterprise. Go here for more information on this free event.

Kelly Jackson Higgins is Executive Editor at DarkReading.com. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
What We Talk About When We Talk About Risk
Jack Jones, Chairman, FAIR Institute,  7/11/2018
Ticketmaster Breach Part of Massive Payment Card Hacking Campaign
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writer,  7/10/2018
7 Ways to Keep DNS Safe
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  7/10/2018
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: Locked device, Ha! I knew there was another way in.
Current Issue
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2018-14337
PUBLISHED: 2018-07-17
The CHECK macro in mrbgems/mruby-sprintf/src/sprintf.c in mruby 1.4.1 contains a signed integer overflow, possibly leading to out-of-bounds memory access because the mrb_str_resize function in string.c does not check for a negative length.
CVE-2018-14329
PUBLISHED: 2018-07-17
In HTSlib 1.8, a race condition in cram/cram_io.c might allow local users to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack.
CVE-2018-14331
PUBLISHED: 2018-07-17
An issue was discovered in XiaoCms X1 v20140305. There is a CSRF vulnerability to change the administrator account password via admin/index.php?c=index&a=my.
CVE-2018-14333
PUBLISHED: 2018-07-17
TeamViewer through 13.1.1548 stores a password in Unicode format within TeamViewer.exe process memory between "[00 88] and "[00 00 00]" delimiters, which might make it easier for attackers to obtain sensitive information by leveraging an unattended workstation on which TeamViewer has ...
CVE-2018-14334
PUBLISHED: 2018-07-17
manager/editor/upload.php in joyplus-cms 1.6.0 allows arbitrary file upload because detection of a prohibited file extension simply sets the $errm value, and does not otherwise alter the flow of control. Consequently, one can upload and execute a .php file, a similar issue to CVE-2018-8766.