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Microsoft Hires Former McAfee Anti-Virus Exec

Microsoft confirmed this week that it has hired a well-known security and anti-virus executive.

"Microsoft is very excited that Vincent Gullotto will be joining Microsoft as the general manager of Security Research & Response and we look forward to working with him in his new role," a spokesperson said in an e-mail.

However, the company is being cagey about exactly what his job will be. Microsoft declined to provide any further information about Gullotto's new role or where it fits in the org charts.

Previously Gullotto headed McAfee's Anti-Virus Emergency Response Team (AVERT) for more than five years.

Microsoft recently entered the consumer anti-virus business with its Windows Live OneCare offerings. Additionally, earlier this summer the company rebranded its line of business security products under the Forefront product banner.

About the Author

Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

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