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Microsoft Forms Academic Advisory Board

As an extension of its ongoing effort to improve the security of its products, Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced that is has formed an academic advisory board to offer advice and comments on Trustworthy Computing issues. The board comprises 14 professors from universities all over the world and includes some of the best-known names in computer security research. Among the members are Jeannette Wing of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Fred Schneider of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and Eugene Spafford of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Microsoft officials said they envision using the group as a sounding board for ideas around its Trustworthy Computing program and will depend on it for honest critiques and analysis. The Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board, as it’s called, is having its first meeting this week at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash. Board members say they’re hoping to provide more focused and credible advice to Microsoft than the typical generic criticisms that the company’s products need to be more secure. Full Story

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