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Ballmer: Raising Microsoft's security game

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Tuesday defended his company’s efforts to secure its software and fend off open-source rivals. Ballmer, speaking here at an industry conference market research firm Gartner sponsored, acknowledged that the software maker has been late to introduce better ways for its customers to patch their systems but said Microsoft is now making strides. “I know we need to do better, but we are in this challenging position where the hacker only needs to find one vulnerability, and we need to keep them out,” he said. “We have put a lot of energy into patching, later than we should have,” he said. “We have been raising our game.” Ballmer also said increasing the quality and security of the company’s software is vital to retaining customer confidence. Microsoft is in the midst of a nearly 2-year-old plan, called Trustworthy Computing, to better secure its systems. Full Story

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