| In the ongoing challenge to deliver a
safer, more secure computing experience for PC users, Microsoft is
continuing to make investments to achieve the highest level of quality
in Microsoft software, and to deliver security technology innovations
in the platform, security products and hosted security services.
Over the past 12 months, Microsoft has made significant progress
in delivering technologies across three key areas: fundamentals,
threat and vulnerability mitigation, and identity and access control.
These have resulted in greater customer awareness of the existence
of spam, viruses, spyware and other security threats, as well as
the availability of more effective and powerful software protections
against software attacks and security breaches, which has resulted
in improved security for Microsoft customers.
Jojo Ayson, senior product manager, business marketing organization,
Microsoft Philippines, says, “Over the years, Microsoft has
proven its commitment to execution excellence somewhere down the
line. The company’s commitment to customers in the area of
security is to ensure the highest degree of quality in Microsoft
software and to invest and develop security products and services
that will eventually meet future needs of our customers.”
According to the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team
(US-CERT) Cyber Security Bulletin, out of the 5,198 reported software
vulnerabilities between January 2005 and December 2005, 812 were
Windows operating system vulnerabilities. The rest were Unix/Linux
(2,328) and Multiple operating system vulnerabilities (2,058).
Given the increasingly sophisticated nature of software attacks
and security threats, however, Ayson says that while 2005 was a
positive year in terms of industry advancement in security, there
is more work ahead.
|| “We’re very focused on protecting
customers from current and emerging security challenges,” he
says. “Our strategy is to make the right technology investments,
to provide clear guidance to our customers about how to stay better
protected, and address industry-wide challenges through partnerships
in the public and private sectors.”
Microsoft will build
on the achievements reaped with industry partners in 2005 for a
more secure 2006. This will require continued investments in technology,
educational outreach and work with industry partners to help increase
customers’ trust in computing.
"Microsoft will continue to pull all the strings to achieve
our goal of trustworthy computing, but it will take a strong and
focused effort from industry partners, government and law enforcement.
We want to ensure that every one of our customers can get secure
and stay secure,” adds Ayson.
One major technology element in the 2006 security picture for Microsoft
will be the release of Microsoft Windows Vista. Specifically, customers
of the Windows Vista platform will experience security improvements
in everything from user account control, better support for smartcards,
enhanced firewall protection, and improved security and privacy
capabilities in Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0. Customers will
also benefit from enhanced information protection functionality
in Windows Vista such as BitLocker Drive Encryption, a hardware-based
feature that addresses the growing concern over corporate and customer
data on lost or stolen machines.