The Worst Jobs in Science 2007 – #6 Microsoft Security Grunt

Scanning through a pop sci magazine on my way back from NY I stopped to read through an article entitled “The Worst Jobs in Science” (here) and noticed that #6 was Microsoft Security Grunt “Like wearing a big sign that reads Hack Me…to most hackers, crippling Microsoft is the geek equivalent of taking down the Death Star, so the assault is relentless”.

To provide some perspective on how terrible this job must be note that Whales-Feces Researcher #10, and Forensic Entomologist (looking for maggot growth in corpses) #9 were far better positions to have than Microsoft security grunt, but Elephant Vasectomist #3 and Hazmat Driver #1 were actually worse – hmmm neuter the worlds largest land animal, drive around hazardous/deadly material or work for Microsoft’s security team – honestly for me it’s a toss up 😉

Humor aside Microsoft has performed a near miracle in turning around their internal security programs to both implement better security in their software through an improved SDLC and better protections, as well as defining the model program for dealing with vulnerabilities and security researchers. Is it perfect – no, but perfection is hard to attain when confronted with the variability that comes from running the world’s largest software company.

3 thoughts on “The Worst Jobs in Science 2007 – #6 Microsoft Security Grunt

  1. I also love me a good beating on Microsoft, but really, I don’t think there is a possibility in our day and age (and culture!) for any product with Microsoft’s market and history and widespread use to be any better. I know the *nixes (I include Mac in that) would love to think otherwise, but there is no alternative to Windows that scales anywhere even close.

    I don’t think that job would be entirely bad. Obviously there is a future there, and I bet it gets really busy. Not only that, but your changes could improve the digital security for millions of people…we could all only wish for cool jobs like that. 🙂

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  3. Compare the Linux folks. A distribution like Ubuntu can comprise a code base several times the size of Windows Vista; yet the developers can manage two major updates per year, _and_ keep on top of all the security holes that might be reported. How do they manage this? Open-source collaboration, that’s how.

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