Microsoft plans to announce on Thursday a detailed plan to combat a recent wave of security threats, but one executive told CNET News.com things won’t change overnight. “I don’t think it is a big bang thing,” Microsoft Senior Vice President Bob Muglia said in an interview Wednesday. “I think it’s an evolutionary, multistep thing.” As earlier reported, Microsoft is moving toward a strategy known as “securing the perimeter,” which involves a greater reliance on firewalls and other “shields” to stop hackers from reaching potentially vulnerable PCs. Thus far, Microsoft has focused its efforts on a Trustworthy Computing initiative designed to improve the way the company writes its software as well as on finding flaws and quickly patching them as they are uncovered. However, Microsoft executives have said in recent weeks that the patch approach alone is not working, with many customers choosing not to install the latest updates to Windows, or at least not quickly enough to thwart hackers. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer first referred to a greater reliance on shield technology during a Sept. 15 speech before a crowd of Silicon Valley executives. Full Story
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