Microsoft has a new chief security executive: Scott Charney.

He is a principal for New York-based consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers' Cybercrime Prevention and Response practice, Charney is replacing Howard Schmidt, who will become vice chairman of the federal Critical Infrastructure Protection Board.

In his position, Charney will focus on developing strategies to enhance the security of Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft's products, services and infrastructures as part of its "Trustworthy Computing" initiative. He will start at Microsoft on April 1. At PricewaterhouseCoopers, Charney was responsible for providing computer security services to major companies.

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