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Security a work in progress for Microsoft

Two years after Chairman Bill Gates called on Microsoft to redouble its efforts to secure its software, the company is beginning to make progress, according to customers–but much work remains. In January 2002, Gates launched a program called “Trustworthy Computing,” designed to focus Microsoft employees on building better security into products and on improving customer response. The software maker halted production to review code, delayed shipments and retooled its development process as a result. Now, though Microsoft is touting the large number of changes it has made in its approach to security as a measure of its success, the most telling pieces of evidence may be the numbers. Six months after the release of the Windows 2000 operating system, Microsoft had warned of system flaws in 32 security advisories; 21 vulnerabilities were gauged to be critical. Yet six months after Microsoft released Windows Server 2003, the successor to Windows 2000, after extensive code reviews, the number of flaws had shrunk to 14, with only 6 critical issues. Full Story

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