Tom Burt

Tom Burt

Corporate Vice President, Customer Security & Trust at Microsoft

Tom Burt leads Microsoft’s Customer Security and Trust (CST) team within Corporate and External Affairs at Microsoft. CST is a cross disciplinary team of engineers, lawyers, policy advocates, project managers, analysts and cybercrime investigators all working to advance the trust the customers have in Microsoft’s products and services. Working with engineering and security teams across the company, CST is responsible for ensuring Microsoft products and online services comply with internal and regulatory security policies and leads programs to provide transparency of our products to governments globally.  The organization formulates and advocates for cybersecurity policy and norms globally – advancing digital peace through initiatives such as the Paris Peace Forum, the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, and the Defending Democracy Program collaborating with public and private organizations. CST leads work for the company in Digital Safety, the Digital Crimes Unit (disrupting cyberattacks and supporting deterrence efforts), the Law Enforcement & National Security Team and National Security (supporting our work with the U.S. Government).

Burt joined Microsoft in 1995 and has held several leadership roles in the Corporate External and Legal Affairs Department.  He led the company’s Litigation Group from 1996 to 2007, and led the Digital Trust team prior to his current role.

Burt received his bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Washington Law School.