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CNN: Security expert: Tighter measures needed [Bruce Schneier plugs Linux to Senate]

Jul 17, 2001, 21:49 (25 Talkback[s])

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"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 still evolving."

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