Stuart Okin, who was previously involved in rolling out Windows 2000 to financial institutes, will now take on the role of UK Chief Security Officer.
Okin said his goal would be to make security the baseline for all development projects. He promised Microsoft would work with developers to get them thinking about security as the underlying architecture.
"In the UK we will be working to create a security framework that will scrutinise every segment of the business and the first steps involve working with developers to create a security-first mind set," he said.
Microsoft's aim is to get computing to be as safe and reliable as using the telephone, he said. "Anything that stands in the way is a problem for us and for the industry as a whole."
Okin said strong security involved people, process and technology. "Consumers want to feel secure and enterprises want to be able to provide solutions quickly and effectively, with a full rich set of features, without compromising security," he said. "The team of experts in place in the UK will concentrate on the best ways to work towards this"