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Microsoft's new security plan

roundup Spurred by software attacks and criticism, the company pledges better protection for customers--but acknowledges that changes won't come overnight.

roundup Spurred by waves of attacks on its software and by criticism of its security practices, the software giant pledges better protection for its customers--but acknowledges that changes will take time.
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Ballmer: Humbled
by the worm

Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft

CEO Steve Ballmer says the company will focus on adding new security technologies to its products, educating its customers and improving its process for releasing patches.
October 9, 2003

The company has a detailed plan of action to combat recent security threats, but one executive says things won't change overnight.
October 9, 2003

Exclusive use of Microsoft's operating system could subject conpanies to greater damage during a cyberattack, says an upcoming Gartner report. The note mirrors a paper by prominent security researchers.
October 8, 2003

The SANS Institute publishes its to-do list of vulnerable software that system administrators need to fix. Two top risks: Microsoft's IIS and Unix BIND.
October 8, 2003

previous coverage

User licenses typically shield software makers from liability for product defects. But if consumers are forced to use one company's products, should it be held to different standards?
October 3, 2003

Conceding that its strategy of patching Windows holes as they emerge has not worked, the software giant plans a new security effort focused on "securing the perimeter."
October 1, 2003

A paper sponsored by an organization critical of Microsoft argues that the giant's dominance in key software technologies threatens the national infrastructure.
September 24, 2003