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ZDNet: Gartner Echoes Concerns on Microsoft Reliance

Oct 09, 2003, 20:30 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Lemos)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"Exclusive reliance on Microsoft's Windows operating system could make companies vulnerable to greater damage during a cyberattack, according to an upcoming report from business-technology consultancy Gartner.

"A draft copy of the Gartner research note seen by CNET News.com mirrors the conclusions of seven prominent security researchers, who released a paper stating that Microsoft's dominance in software could have serious consequences for national cybersecurity. The Gartner report is scheduled to be published Friday.

"Both reports argue that allowing the bulk of information infrastructure to rely on a single code base--or monoculture--could result in a cascading failure, taking down large parts of the Internet in a manner similar to an electrical blackout. The research note focuses on a corporate--rather than national--scale, arguing that for companies, diversifying desktop operating systems could be a good defense against such catastrophe..."

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