All good things must come to an end

This is an excerpt from a mail I sent out internally today:

The sands of time seem finally to have run their course. On September 1 I will not only celebrate the 5-year anniversary of my time here at Microsoft but also my departure from the company. On September 5 I start a new job as Principal Security Program Manager at

This was a very difficult decision for me and has taken a long time to make. All in all, I have had a great five years to look back at. So much has changed in security at the company since I came here. It has been a remarkable ride to see the turn-around and having been able to play part of if for this long. The hardest part of this transition will be not being part of this ride any longer and not being able to work with all the great people I have worked with here.

I will not be leaving Seattle, nor security. I will have a new blog by the time I leave. The exact location will be announced in here as well as on the Protect Your Windows Network site: once I get it set up.

Comments (45)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ten reasons Dr J wants to go to Amazon.


    10. Tired of working at a desk, wants to work at a door…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ende Mai waren wir noch gemeinsam in Deutschland auf Tour unterwegs, sind

    gemeinsam auf der…

  3. Anonymous says:

    As you may already know Jesper Johansson is leaving Microsoft to go to Amazon so as Kleefy has said if

  4. Anonymous says:

    Well its official. Jesper has decided to leave Microsoft. Even though its sad we wont get to benefit…

  5. Anonymous says:

    As Jesper says, All good things must come to an end. So sad that this end means he’s moving to Amazon from MS. Good for him, bad for MS and other security folks like myself. He’ll be missed. His insightful

  6. Anonymous says:

    As you may already know Jesper Johansson is leaving Microsoft to go to Amazon so as Kleefy has said if

  7. Anonymous says:

    Not a lot more can be said, check out his post, "All good things must come to an end". A snippet is below:…

  8. Anonymous says:

    I am like ssoooooooooooo jealous of Wayne…he posted this to the Aussie SBS groups today…. okay so…

  9. Anonymous says:

    Having seen this guy in action, and appreciated his insights and blog posts for a long time, I can say…

  10. Anonymous says:

    (Via Kleefy’s blog) Last Friday, Jesper Johansson announced his decision to leave Microsoft to join Amazon…

  11. Anonymous says:

    Ende Mai waren wir noch gemeinsam in Deutschland auf Tour unterwegs, sind

    gemeinsam auf der…

  12. Anonymous says:

    Fridays suck.  They really really do this year…

    I’ll give you examples:

    We tend to get into…

  13. Anonymous says:

    After five years at Microsoft, Jesper is off to run the security program at Read the post on his blog: Jesper's Blog : All good things must come to an end   Thanks for everything you've done for us security folks in the Microsoft

  14. Anonymous says:

    As you may already know Jesper Johansson is leaving Microsoft to go to Amazon so as Kleefy has said if…

  15. Anonymous says:

    Mixed emotions.

    There’s no other way to describe the feelings about this.

    And even more after reading…

  16. Blake Handler says:

    As a long time reader you will be missed — now just don’t take Steve away from Microsoft too! ha ha

    Good luck — and please add an RSS feed to your new "Protect Your Windows Network"

  17. Andy Tinkham says:

    Good luck at Amazon!

  18. Stefan says:

    I’ve been a big fan of your presentations and papers throughout the years. Without a doubt I migth say that a lot of knowledge and commen sence I gained over the years with regards to IT security can be tributed to your work.

    This will be one of the biggest losses that Microsoft will face … who cares Bill is leaving …. Jesper will no longer feed our brains…:((

    Thank you for all those papers, good advice … good luck in your new appointment … sure makes it easier to get your book(s) sold 😉



  19. MowGreen says:

    Thanks for all that you’ve done, said, written, wrote, etc., Jesper. You will be missed by all of the Security MVPs.

    ( Even if Security is their "secondary" competencies 😉

  20. Alun Jones says:

    Congratulations – and commiserations – good luck in your next position.

    Thought: where is your next blog going to be?

  21. Justin Stockton says:

    Well Jesper I Wish You and Yours the best on this journey we call life. Good luck at Amazon. I wish you the best.



  22. Mike Kline says:

    Good luck at Amazon.  Your presentations have always been great to watch and they are really interesting.

  23. James Helm says:

    Jesper – once again, I want to thank you for your insightful technical demonstrations and inspired look into the day-to-day life a real-security evangelist.

    Warmest wishes for the new role – a testament to your respect in the industry.


    James Helm

    (one of your many students worldwide, Security seminar attendant in Melbourne, Australia in 2004)

  24. Sanx69 says:

    Good luck, Jesper. TechEd won’t be the same without the Steve’n’Jesper double acts.

  25. Simone says:

    Good Luck Jesper and a huge Thank you for your work.

  26. Jason J. Thomas says:

    Jesper, your insight will be missed, but at the same time I think you are headed off to some new and exciting things.  Here’s hoping that you keep up the good work for the community as a whole.  

  27. Marco Timmermans says:


    it’s been an honour to listen to you and learn from you at several TechEd’s and the ItForum. Good luck at your new position

    hope we meet again

    Marco Timmermans


  28. Chaba says:

    As Windows engineer, I am the one who addicted to your blogger and your presentations. I will follow to your new site.

    The tomorrow is better than today and today is better than yesterday. I wishes your tomorrow is a great day for you.

  29. Wow I think this aweful news for MS. Jesper is totally awesome, and his insight to security issues is amazing. I always like his TechED sessions plus his books. He’s also a joy to talk with in person, as I have on a couple of occasions. I don’t think MS can replace a guy like him. Amazon got a huge asset! I don’t know if MS security will be the same without him. If Steve Riley leaves then I think MS is doomed…

  30. Chris Gurley says:

    Congrats, Jesper.  I hope the people at Amazon prosper as much from your contribution as we in the Microsoft community (customers and staff) have.

  31. GLJ says:

    Jesper, you will be missed.

  32. Richard Tilford says:

    Nice one Jesper, i am sure amazon will benefit a lot. It wont be the same watching the tech ed video’s though.


  33. MrDee says:

    Say Hi to Pat Helland for us.

  34. Dale says:


    It was a pleasure to meet you at TechEd Australia 2005, and it was the highlight of the event

    All the best for the future.


  35. Kim Sorensen says:

    Sure gonna miis your "10 steps to get hacked" session..


    Good luck ;o)

  36. Steph Cano says:

    This year will be my 7th Teched. And i was already wondering… Steve is there but Jesper not… That was already disapointing. When i first toke part at one of your presentation i became a fan. Thank you for helping and responding to my mails (…because when i send my first mail I thought a Star like you are should become a LOT of mails and will never have time to respond to all of them).

    Thank you and good luck at your new job.

  37. Kieran Jacobsen says:

    MS is loosing a great employee, and Amazon gains one.

    I hope we get to hear some good stories about security at Amazon.

    Teched in Sydney will be the first Teched i will miss in a few years, now i think i have a reason to go.

  38. Björn Johansson says:

    Big loss for Microsoft. Looking forward to your new blog.

    Lycka till! 🙂

  39. omid mohagerani From Iran says:

    Good Luck .

    I am very glad to hear that.

    Peir omidyar is Iranian . an all of iranian like him and amazon .

    Like bill gates and u.

  40. Thomas Lee says:

    Sorry to see you go Jesper.

    Next time you are in London, let’s see if we can dig up some old scotch (older than Ben Smith if possible).

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