Yahoo!/ZDNet: Insurer: Microsoft Is A Costly Choice
Aug 21, 2001, 17:03 (52 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Bryce)
"In light of the $2 billion in damage caused by Code
Red, founder and CEO John Wurzler's decision just before the virus
hit seems prescient. Wurzler gained notoriety earlier this year for
hiking cyberinsurance rates on companies that use Microsoft NT
software on their servers.
So far, Wurzler appears to be the only insurer singling out
Microsoft for higher rates. And some security officials are not
kind in their comments.
"Wurzler is full of it," said Russ Cooper, the editor of the
NTBugTraq Web site and an employee of computer risk management and
security firm TruSecure. According to Cooper, Windows NT and IIS
are easier to secure than comparable Unix- or Linux-based servers
because Microsoft does a better job of publicizing and supplying
the needed security patches for its products. "It's easier to
manage Microsoft server software because you can get all the
patches in one place," he said."