Departing CIO blames Microsoft for his security troubles

One CIO would like to blame Microsoft for his security problems. I'm not buying it.

Hackers recently compromised 4.2 million payment card details from the Hannaford Supermarket chain. The culprit? If you believe Hannaford's former CIO, Bill Homa, the problem is Windows:

We used a lot of Linux. None of the breach was anything related to Linux. All of it was Microsoft. Microsoft is so full of holes. That's why it's still a target. If you limit your exposure to Microsoft, you're going to be in a more secure environment.

I'm not buying it. I'm not suggesting that Microsoft's code is an impregnable fortress, but rather that security isn't as easy as installing the "right" operating system and laughing as thieves' attempts to pilfer data are repulsed. Security is about technology, people, and processes linking the two together.

It would seem that Homa would more credibly look in the mirror first when fingering a culprit, rather than going for the too-easy excuse, "Windows made me do it."

Besides, Homa had been CIO for 12 years. Who signed the purchase orders for those Windows servers, anyway?

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