Mozilla security boss bails
Snyder bids open source browser outfit buh-bye
Mozilla's security chief, Window Snyder, is leaving the Mozilla Corporation at the end of the year.
Prior to joining the Mozilla Foundation’s business arm in September 2006 Snyder worked for Microsoft as a security strategist, playing a key role in overseeing Windows XP SP2, and before that at security consultancy @stake.
Snyder was given the role of "Chief Security Something-Or-Other" at Mozilla, a flippant take on standard senior security officer job titles. For the last two years she has acted as the public face of Mozilla's security efforts: publishing content on a security blog, appearing at conferences and talking to the press, as well as working on the introduction of security metrics for the open source browser.
Her role will be split between other Mozilla staffers pending the recruitment of a successor. Rumours have it that Snyder is off to join a start-up outside the information security space, but this is unconfirmed.
Snyder was a rare female role model in an information security world dominated by men. Joanna Rutkowska is one of the few high-profile female information security researchers left. ®
Snyder is the daughter of a Kenyan mother and a white American father, making her something of a mirror-image of President-Elect Barack Obama, who shares a similar heritage but with a Kenyan father and a mother from the Midwest.
Researcher? And there are many prominent females.
Window Snyder has been many useful things as "Chief Security Something-Or-Other", but researcher is not among them, at least if you mean it at all in the sense that the scientific community does. In general, high profile information security researcher is a bit of an oxymoron for both males and females.
But security, if not good, is mostly better off than the rest of CS in regards to gender balance. Some of the prominent (e.g., named chair professor) female security _researchers_ that come immediately to mind include Joan Feigenbaum, Lorrie Cranor, Dawn Song, Cathy Meadows, Birgit Pfitzmann, and Pierangela Samarati. That's a brief fairly random list. It would be easy to keep going, but you get the idea.