Window Snyder

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Mwende Window Snyder

1975 (age 43–44)
OccupationSoftware security officer, computer scientist

Mwende Window Snyder, better known as Window Snyder (born 1975) is an American computer security expert.[1] She has previously been a top security officer at Intel, Fastly, Apple, and Mozilla Corporation. She is co-author of Threat Modeling, a standard manual on application security.


Snyder is the daughter of an American father and a Kenyan-born mother, Wayua Muasa. She goes by her middle name Window; her first name is used only by family members. She graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall in 1993 and has served on their board.[2]

Snyder was Director of Security Architecture at @stake and was a senior security strategist at Microsoft in the Security Engineering and Communications organization, most notably as security lead and signoff on Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2003. She also created the Blue Hat Microsoft Hacker Conference.[3] After leaving Microsoft in 2005, she worked as a principal, founder, and CTO at Matasano Security. She joined Mozilla in September 2006.[4][5]

On December 10, 2008, Snyder said that she would be leaving Mozilla Corporation at the end of the year.[6] On March 1, 2010, Snyder began work at Apple Inc.[7]

In 2015, Snyder became chief security officer at content distribution network Fastly.[8]

Intel's Software and Services Group senior vice president and general manager, Doug Fisher, announced in July 2018 that Snyder would become the company's Platforms Security Division's chief security officer, vice president and general manager.[9][10] She has since left Intel and in May 2019 joined Square, Inc.[11]


  • Swiderski, Frank; Snyder, Window (2004), Threat Modeling; Microsoft professional, Microsoft Press, ISBN 0-7356-1991-3

Public appearances[edit]

In May 2017 Snyder spoke at Next Generation Threats, held by Techworld, IDG in Stockholm, Sweden.[12] Earlier in April Snyder was a keynote speaker at HITBSecConf, held by Hack in the Box in Amsterdam.[13] Later in November Snyder spoke at O'Reilly Security Conference.[14] In April 2018 she spoke at RSA Conference,[15] and in August 2018 Snyder was a keynote speaker at the Open Source Summit held by the Linux Foundation.[16]


  1. ^ Rudolph, Laura C. (2014), Riggs, Thomas (ed.), "Kenyan Americans", Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America (3 ed.), Detroit, 3, pp. 1–9
  2. ^ Swartz, Jon (June 17, 2008). "'Geek girl' helps keep Mozilla safe in scary times". USA Today.
  3. ^ Evers, Joris. "Mozilla looks to Microsoft for security". ZDNet. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  4. ^ Mozilla taps former Microsoft executive for security strategy (Robert McMillan, Computerworld Security, September 6, 2006)
  5. ^ Welcome to Window Snyder! (schrep's blog, September 6, 2006) — Mozilla hiring announcement
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  8. ^ "Fastly Adds Key Enterprise Security Leadership" (Press release).
  9. ^ Jackson Higgins, Kelly (June 25, 2018). "Intel Names Window Snyder as Chief Software Security Officer". DarkReading.
  10. ^ Fisher, Doug. "The Cybersecurity Community Driving Insights into Security Solutions" (Press release).
  11. ^ @window (June 3, 2019). "I started a new role at Square a couple weeks ago. Very excited to join the team!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ Snyder, Window. "Next Generation Threats 2017". Techworld. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  13. ^ Snyder, Window. "HITBSecConf". Hack in the Box. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  14. ^ Snyder, Window. "O'Reilly Security Conference". O'Reilly. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  15. ^ Snyder, Window. "RSA Conference 2018". RSA Conference. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  16. ^ Snyder, Window. "Open Source Summit 2018". Linux Foundation. Linux Foundation. Retrieved March 7, 2019.

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