"He predicted that many companies will be forced by
economic reality to make security more than just an afterthought in
their business plan. He said "network security insurance" will soon
be as much a necessity as fire and theft insurance. And that, he
said, may mean more accountability by companies such as Microsoft.
"What will happen when the CFO looks at his premium and realizes
that it will go down 50 percent if he gets rid of all his insecure
Windows operating systems and replaces them with a secure version
of Linux? The choice of which operating system to use will no
longer be 100 percent technical," Schneier testified. "Microsoft,
and other companies with shoddy security, will start losing sales
because companies don't want to pay the insurance premiums."
In response to Schneier's comments, Microsoft spokesman Jim
Desler told CNN that the idea of Internet security insurance is