Window Snyder, Mozilla security executive helping to keep Firefox users safe
For months I’ve championed Mozilla’s Firefox as my internet browser of choice. So you can imagine how excited I was when I read an article in USA Today touting Window Snyder’s role in the release of Mozilla’s Firefox 3 Web Browser.
Snyder serves as Chief of Security for Mozilla, though her official title is chief security something-or-other which is displayed on her business card. Here are some highlights from the USA Today article:
- In setting out to elevate Firefox’s basic security, Snyder is also compelling Microsoft and Apple, maker of the Safari browser, to follow her lead — or get out of the way.
“The fun is in deconstructing where the security holes are,” Snyder, 32, says with a wry smile and knowing laugh.
Dave Goldsmith, who as president of Matasano Security has worked with Snyder in various capacities, calls her an “online security rock star.”
Adds Eva Chen, CEO and co-founder of security company Trend Micro: “It’s gratifying to see other women in prominent roles in tech security. For so long, men have dominated the field. Women didn’t have an old boy’s network.”
- A self-avowed “geek girl” and daughter of software engineers, Snyder says her mom taught her to program Basic, an early computer programming language, on a Texas Instruments PC when she was 5 years old.
Big ups to Window Snyder, doing it big at the world of internet security. I guess I’ve got to get my son some computer programming classes, he’s (6) behind.