As a presenter, there are a few people that I really look up to in terms of knowledge, style and sheer balls. Steve Riley is one of them. Unfortunately, Steve just announced (http://blogs.technet.com/steriley/archive/2009/05/06/good-bye-and-good-luck.aspx) that due to budget cutbacks, he has been forced to depart from Microsoft. This to me is a crying shame, as this gent is not only a consummate professional in security terms, but a really nice guy. As a reseller, I really have to wonder just what Microsoft think they are doing by letting such a skilled and professional preacher of the security word go like that. Heck I know we all need to make cutbacks in tough times, but Steve had a way of conveying the security message that both scared the sh!t out of people and at the same time make them take a good long hard look at their methods, designs and goals in terms of security.
I m sure that Steve won t be out of a job for long I just hope that we get to see him at TechEd again in the future. Heck maybe he should go work with Jesper over at Amazon now that would be scary indeed 🙂
Steve s new blog is already in action over at http://msinfluentials.com/blogs/steveriley/default.aspx