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SRO: What's Wrong With Microsoft Security?

Jan 28, 2000, 21:33 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Raikow)

"Microsoft employees are quick to claim that it's all an illusion--a case of an unfair reputation bolstered by a hostile press. Moreover, some say the wide deployment of Microsoft products makes them an extremely attractive target for hackers, white-hat and black-hat alike."

"There's a kernel of truth in these arguments, but not much more. Microsoft has issued 16 security alerts since the beginning of December alone, regarding its own products. Beyond these are even more alerts issued by third parties about Microsoft products and technologies...."

"It really comes down to a question of philosophy. Microsoft always has viewed its software in terms of feature lists. To Microsoft, innovation is about adding new features and finding ways to interconnect them. In Microsoft's eyes, the best product is the one with the longest feature list."

"The problem is that security is not a feature...."

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