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Microsoft garners praise for security!!
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Jim Hillier
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August 5, 2011 - 5:44 pm
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It seems a rare event these days for Microsoft to garner any sort of praise from anyone, let alone from within the industry itself.

Chris Paget, chief hacker at the security company Recursion Ventures, spoke at the annual Black Hat industry conference yesterday praising Microsoft's security procedures and, would you believe it , even had some kind words for Vista.

By the way, Chris Paget is a female, here is part of what she had to say:

[i:250vqhtg]"World-leading' is entirely appropriate, Microsoft's security process is spectacular."[/i:250vqhtg] and

[i:250vqhtg]"If security is a process, not a product, Microsoft deserves a lot of credit. Vista was a giant leap in the right direction."[/i:250vqhtg]

It's actually nice to hear some positive comments regarding Microsoft for a change, especially when they are emanating from a source outside Redmond itself.

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August 6, 2011 - 7:40 am
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I'll have to agree. MS has made, and continues to make, huge steps in security over the last 4 to 5 years!

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August 6, 2011 - 5:11 pm
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You can read Chris Padget's article at [url=http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-20088480-12/security-insider-discusses-vistas-level-of-security/:37z8syli]The Download Blog[/url:37z8syli]. Found it to be very inspiring reading, Mindblower!

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Thanks for the link Mindblower.

[quote:yuizie7o]MS has made, and continues to make, huge steps in security over the last 4 to 5 years![/quote:yuizie7o]
Maybe a lame question, but isn't that a given if you not only want to stay in the industry but also grow?

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August 7, 2011 - 5:06 pm
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Maybe, but I think it goes a long way toward stemming the flow of bad press. Of course, that may be the a means to the same end!

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MS has made, and continues to make, huge steps in security over the last 4 to 5 years![/quote:37pymftk]
Maybe a lame question, but isn't that a given if you not only want to stay in the industry but also grow? [/quote:37pymftk]

Today, yes.
Historically, no. Microsoft had such a stranglehold over the OS market that it simply did not care about things that weren't costing it market share. Notice how IE focused on standards compliance after Firefox stepped up to the plate. Windows started getting security conscious when OSX started to gain market share. Microsoft was happy to let Windows Mobile languish as a 2nd rate player until iOS and Android started to edge them out. Heck, even regular software updates weren't the norm until Windows XP! (Windows 2000 had 4 service packs before someone thought about doing incremental patch updates).

Microsoft has long been a reactionary company -- but instead of reacting to press, incidents, news items or even known flaws, they've always responded to shifts in market share. And many times they have been slow and heavy handed in responding. (Vista, Windows Phone, IE8, etc...).

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August 28, 2011 - 8:49 pm
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She is an employee of Microsoft!

Do you expect her to say anything other than good things?

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Now if Microsoft would just release FEP to the public instead of Security Essentials (still garbage)... then I'd say MS has really stepped it up.

As far as Apple, Linux, or MS... they are third in the security realm.

I will give them credit for improving though! Because they need to.

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