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InternetNews.com: Microsoft Attempts to Tighten Screws On Security

Oct 03, 2001, 22:21 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thor Olavsrud)
"Under the Stay Secure phase, Microsoft said that within 60 days it plans to begin providing customers with comprehensive security roll-up packages via Windows Update. Each package will require one step to deploy and only one system reboot. In addition, the company plans, by the end of the year, to offer an automated service for providing business customers with the comprehensive security roll-up packages updates. The company also said it will expand the scope of its Secure Windows Initiative (SWI).

SWI was announced at the RSA Conference in April, and focuses on improving Microsoft's own development processes to deliver more secure and reliable products and technologies. The company said it will now apply the tools and processes of SWI to the development of Windows 2000 SP3.

Finally, Microsoft promised that the next version of IIS will be locked down by default and include an automatic, wizard-like tool to help customers customize and secure it to meet their individual needs."

Complete Story [ Reuters reports that the company is locking all its software down to the most secure settings by default from now on. -ed. ]

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