Microsoft will shutter its standalone Trustworthy Computing group, folding elements of the unit’s work on security, privacy and related issues into its Cloud & Enterprise Division, and its Legal & Corporate Affairs group.
It’s the latest change related to the company’s new round of layoffs, announced this morning. A spokesman confirmed that an unspecified number of jobs are being eliminated from the Trustworthy Computing group as part of the changes.
One goal is to integrate the Trustworthy Computing work more tightly into Microsoft’s engineering teams, the company says. Part of the group will now report to Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith, and another part to Microsoft cloud and enterprise chief Scott Guthrie.
Earlier today, Microsoft said it would be shutting its Silicon Valley research lab as part of the changes, as well. Overall today, Microsoft cut 2,100 jobs, the latest round of layoffs for the company as part of its plan to cut a total of 18,000 jobs over the course of a year.