Microsoft Nabs Anti-Virus Ace from Symantec

By Ryan Naraine  |  Posted 2006-08-16 Email Print this article Print

Veteran virus-hunter Vincent 'Vinny' Gullotto joins Microsoft to head its Security Research and Response team.

Veteran virus-hunter Vincent 'Vinny' Gullotto has joined Microsoft to head its Security Research and Response team, a move that adds instant credibility to the software maker's push into the Internet security market.

Gullotto, an anti-virus ace who served stints at McAfee and Symantec, will be general manager of the team, which handles all aspects of malware research and response.

The Security Research and Response team is not to be confused with the 10-year-old MSRC (Microsoft Security Response Center) that serves as hub for the company's response to security incidents and software flaw warnings.

Microsoft isn't shedding much light on Gullotto's hiring. In a statement sent to eWEEK, a spokesperson said the Redmond, Wash., company is "very excited that Vincent Gullotto will be joining Microsoft as the general manager of Security Research & Response and looks forward to working with him in his new role."

Microsoft has every reason to be very excited. For starters, it is a major coup to lure Gullotto away from Symantec at a time when Microsoft is aggressively pushing its Windows OneCare PC care utility against Symantec's line of consumer security tools.

Anti-virus companies typically compete on response time—who saw a virus first and how fast a signature was pushed out to subscribers—and Gullotto's expertise manning anti-virus labs will be a major asset.

Gullotto is best known for his time at McAfee, where he served as vice president of research for McAfee AVERT (Anti-virus and Vulnerability Emergency Response Team).

For advice on how to secure your network and applications, as well as the latest security news, visit Ziff Davis Internet's Security IT Hub.

At McAfee, Gullotto has been intimately involved in the day-to-day operations and strategic guidance of AVERT Labs, which has researchers in offices on five continents. Under Gullotto's leadership, McAfee AVERT was credited with the discovery of the first wireless virus, Phage.

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