Microsoft's New Security Mojo

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    Microsoft's New Security Mojo
    Richard Forno
    12 Nov 2003
    Copyright (c) 2003 by author. Permission granted to reproduce in
    entirety
    with credit to author.

    http://www.infowarrior.org/articles/2003-06.html

    Recently, Microsoft announced a program to offer rewards in exchange
    for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who
    exploit its flagship Windows product through viruses, worms, and other
    forms of malicious code. Yet, despite the software giant's own
    executives saying publicly over a year ago that their products
    "weren't designed for security" the company continues to point fingers
    at third parties, hackers, and crackers as the source of the many
    problems plaguing the Windows-based portions of the Internet. It also
    demonstrates the ineffective organized chaos that remains Microsoft's
    response to the marketplace demands for better-developed,
    better-tested products.

    Security (or lack thereof) in Microsoft's products has adversely
    impacted corporate profits for years, and finally is beginning to
    affect Microsoft's future profit potential as well. As a result,
    Microsoft suddenly is committed to improving security, despite its
    years of sitting idle. Hence the company's mad rush to inject
    "security" into every product, speech, and statement to reassure its
    customers that Windows is still a worthy operating environment to
    spend money on. It's even sponsored an upcoming report critical of
    Linux security to help spread fear, uncertainty, and doubt about
    Microsoft's chief competitor and underscore why Windows is a better
    product. Sadly, rather than address its own problems, the company is
    content to use creative marketing as a substitute for good security
    and software development.



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    Brian Valentine Statement on Windows Insecurity
    http://archive.infoworld.com/articles/hn/xml/02/09/05/020905hnmssecure.x
    ml

    White Paper: Revamping the Security Bulletin Release Process
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?
    url=/technet/security/
    bulletin/revsbwp.asp

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    Security technologist Richard Forno is the former Chief Security
    Officer at Network Solutions and author of "Weapons of Mass Delusion:
    America's Real National Emergency." His home in cyberspace is
    http://www.infowarrior.org/.






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    Colonel Flagg, Nov 17, 2003
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