About the Author
p>Ben Smith is a senior security strategist at Microsoft, where he works on developing the company's long-term security strategy. Prior to joining the Microsoft Security Strategies team, he was the lead subject matter expert on security for Microsoft Training & Certification. In addition to being a featured speaker at IT industry conferences, Ben recently consulted with the U.S. National Science Foundation on creating methods for preparing a cyber security workforce. Ben is also the chair of the vendor-neutral security certification, CompTIA Security+. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). Ben lives near Redmond, Washington, with his wife Beth Boatright.
Brian Komar is the owner and principal consultant for Komar Consulting, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in network security and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). Brian partners with Microsoft on several ventures, which include developing security-related courseware for Microsoft Training & Certification, authoring material for Microsoft Prescriptive Architecture Guides, and writing PKI white papers for the Microsoft Security team. Brian is a frequent speaker at IT industry conferences such as Microsoft Tech Ed, MCP TechMentor, and Windows & .NET Magazine Connections. Brian lives in Winnipeg, Canada, with his wife Krista Kunz.