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Microsoft Names Chief Online Safety Officer

Microsoft has named Jacqueline Beauchere as the company’s Chief Online Safety Officer, the company said in a brief statement on Wednesday. The announcement comes as Beauchere celebrates her thirteenth year with the software company, and her fourth internal assignment.

MicrosoftBefore taking the new post in March, Beauchere will continue as the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Trustworthy Computing (TwC) group. During her time with Microsoft, aside from her role within the TwC, Beauchere has had various assignments but got into the security aspect of things in 2004, as a Senior Marketing Manager, MSN Safety & Security.

While with MSN, she led a company-wide safety program, making her responsible for awareness and education efforts for consumers that focused on spam, phishing, identity theft, privacy, and children’s safety online.

“...we want to enable a safer Internet and digital world for people of all ages and abilities. Period. That is why Microsoft is furthering the company’s long-term commitment to online safety and digital citizenship – responsible and appropriate use of technology – with the appointment of Jacqueline Beauchere as the company’s first Chief Online Safety Officer,” TwC’s General Manager, Adrienne Hall, said in a company blog post.

For the past several years, the post added, Beauchere been responsible for outreach, evangelism, and communications to individuals, government and academics about Microsoft's work in online safety. Thus, the move to Chief Online Safety Officer is a natural step.

It is expected that she will remain the Vice-Chairman of the National Cyber Security Alliance, once she takes her new job in March.

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Steve Ragan is a security reporter and contributor for SecurityWeek. Prior to joining the journalism world in 2005, he spent 15 years as a freelance IT contractor focused on endpoint security and security training.