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February 8, 2006

Microsoft touts Trustworthy Computing in a marvel of poor timing

Posted by David Hunter at 11:07 AM ET.

Today, Microsoft produced a press release which was basically a progress report on how swell things went for its Trusted Computing Initiative in 2005. Actually, it was a little more tepid than that:

Trustworthy Computing Gains Ground in 2005
Encouraged by four years of progress, Microsoft continues its efforts to build confidence in the computing ecosystem

As Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft reaches the four-year mark, a look back at 2005 provides a solid picture of sure and steady progress toward long-term success.

Microsoft’s ongoing work to bring customers a safe, private and reliable computing experience produced across-the-board results in the year past. Some of the more significant highlights include shipping the first Microsoft products to undergo – at every phase of design and development – the full Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) process; releasing new source-code analysis tools designed to help third-party developers build greater security and reliability into their software, and publicly advocating federal privacy legislation in the U.S. to create uniform standards for the protection of customers’ data. Microsoft also made progress by further refining its business practices, cementing Trustworthy Computing as a philosophy and core tenet that permeates the company’s culture, its communications with customers and its software and service development strategy.

Noteworthy strides aside, Microsoft recognizes that a new year also presents an occasion for resolutions. In that spirit, the company continues to strengthen its commitment to Trustworthy Computing, not just for 2006 but as a permanent corporate tenet.

That’s all to the good, because last night they released two new security advisories ([1], [2]) and are investigating another security flaw.

I know Microsoft has to maintain that there’s good news on the security front and hopefully there is, but perhaps they could coordinate public statements a little better within the company.

Filed under General Business, Public Relations, Security, Trusted Computing

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