Security professionals report that they are having fewer problems with Microsoft patches, though there is still room for improvement. In 2002, Bill Gates launched the Trusted Computing Initiative to enhance the security of Microsoft products, spending millions to train programmers in privacy matters and security-conscious programming, and to build new software tools. David Merry, senior network engineer at Polar Computer Communications, finds that patches cause less problems on clients' machines than previously, while a consultant for a major financial institution reports no integration problems in the past eight months. Graham Titterington, principal analyst at Ovum, advises users not to become complacent in their own patch tests, since every system is unique, making it impossible to completely eliminate risk.
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