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Microsoft’s Security Review Inadequate, Federal Officials Say

Federal information technology officials are skeptical that Microsoft Corp.’s recent security review of its products will result in increased computer security for federal agencies anytime soon. The Redmond, Wash., company’s commitment to improve security in its operating systems and software programs does not address flaws in the millions of copies of software that agencies own, said David Nelson, NASA’s deputy chief information officer. “I’m glad they are going to make their new stuff safer, but we are just overwhelmed fixing the holes in their existing products,” Nelson said. “The labor is killing us. We can’t patch as fast as hackers find new ways to attack.” For the past eight weeks, Microsoft quit working on new features for its products so the company’s 50,000 employees could focus on security. The review is designed to get employees to consider security when writing code for new products. Full Story

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