Microsoft is looking to hire a software design engineer to help the company secure its Windows Phone devices.
The software giant posted an advert inviting engineers to “help make Windows Phones the most secure phones on the market,” on Thursday. The job listing comes in the same week that iOS 5 struggles with two serious flaws that allow users to bypass the lock screen. CNET reported on Wednesday that the iPhone 4S Siri feature allows anyone to use a device to send emails, SMS and make calls even if a passcode is set on the device. Some iPhone 4S users have also reported that they can access the address book, photos and calendar on the device using Siri. Another serious flaw hit Apple’s iPad 2 device running iOS 5 this week. 9to5mac report that anyone with a Smart Cover accessory can break into an iPad 2. 9to5mac confirm that the issue is present in iOS 5 and could also working on earlier versions of iOS 4.3 (see video below for a demo). A similar flaw affected Apple’s iPhone 4 device around a year ago, allowing users to access devices after bypassing the lockscreen.
Microsoft is aiming to create the next generation of security software for Windows Phones. The software maker wants to ship the most secure phone the market has ever seen. Microsoft is currently fighting off enterprise adoption of iPhone, iPad and Android devices thanks to the secure and business oriented nature of Microsoft’s products. Security flaws are a major factor for enterprise and business adoption and a big reason why some businesses opt for third party products like GOOD to provide email, calendar and contacts to “consumer” devices. A large majority of enterprise customers choose RIM’s BlackBerry infrastructure and devices for their employees but Microsoft is clearly attempting to ship a more secure ecosystem with Windows Phone:
“We want your passion for shipping secure devices, technical depth, drive for breaking code and finding security holes. If you’re looking for your next move, or just looking to be involved in the ‘next big thing’ you should be talking to us. We can help bring out the best in you and you help bring out the best in our products.
The Mobile OS Platform group is looking for talented SDETs with a passion for shipping next generation of secure software for mobile phones. As a member of the security team, you will find yourself working on cutting edge fuzzing technology, pentesting, and other security tools to help us ship the most secure phone the market has ever seen. You’re expected to stay at the top of all current exploits and work closely with MSEC to react to all new found exploits. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend known security conferences.”
Thanks to WinRumors reader Simon for the news tip