Microsoft give up on Security

From Cringely’s A Whole New Ball Game:

Last week, a Microsoft data security guru suggested at a conference that corporate and government users would be wise to come up with automated processes to wipe clean hard drives and reinstall operating systems and applications periodically as a way to deal with malware infestations. What Microsoft is talking about is a utility from SysInternals, a company that makes simply awesome tools.The crying shame of this whole story is that Microsoft has given up on Windows security. They have no internal expertise to solve this problem among their 60,000-plus employees, and they apparently have no interest in looking outside for help. I know any number of experts who could give Microsoft some very good guidance on what is needed to fix and secure Windows. There are very good developers Microsoft could call upon to help them. But no, their answer is to rebuild your system every few days and start over. Will Vista be any better?



  1. da [k] spirit Said,

    April 11, 2006 @ 9:54 pm

    sécurité informatique…

    Quelques liens concernant la sécurité informatique :

    quelques trucs pour sécuriser une machine Linux;
    combien de temps faut-il pour cracker un password ? : aïe, ça fait mal !
    David Latapie rebondit sur cet article : comment……

  2. Richard Said,

    April 12, 2006 @ 2:57 pm

    This is interesting. I know MS haven’t quite given up on security, but this does sound like a spectacular own-goal from one of their speakers 🙂

    I don’t think vista will be significantly better, as it’s just evolution, not revolution – perhaps initially it will even be worse.

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