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Pressure Builds To Fix Security Flaws

What could possibly be a more pressure-filled assignment at Microsoft than the job Mike Nash has? As corporate vice president for the security business unit at the Redmond, Wash., software giant, Nash is responsible for executing his bosses’ multipronged offensive against security assaults on Microsoft’s software products. So far, the hackers who disrupted corporate networks the world over last year with the Blaster and SoBig worms have had the upper hand. Their ongoing exploits of Microsoft vulnerabilities continue to embarrass the company. But pressure to perform is also coming internally, especially from CEO Steve Ballmer, who says security is the company’s No. 1 priority. Ballmer has outlined a raft of initiatives–including new products, patch schedules and processes, training and perimeter technologies–to buttress Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing initiative and help partners and customers thwart malicious attacks. Recently, Nash sat down with VARBusiness senior writer Carolyn A. April to discuss his role in the pressure cooker. Full Story

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