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Software Update Validation Program and Microsoft Malware Protection Center Establishment – TwC Interactive Timeline Part 4

  • Bruce Cowper


Continuing the Interactive Timeline series outlining some of the seminal events that have occurred over the last decade, this post looks at more of the key events that shaped the early Millennium, helping to create the perfect storm.

Software Update Validation Program (SUVP)

imageIn January 2005, Microsoft developed the Software Update Validation Program (SUVP) to enable testing of application compatibility, stability and reliability in simulated production environments. The program provided a small number of dedicated, external participants with limited and very controlled access to security updates.


Microsoft Malware Protection Center Establishment

imageIn 2005, the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) was established to consolidate Microsoft’s antimalware research and incident response expertise into a single organization. The MMPC delivers global malware research, response and protection capabilities to help protect customers worldwide from emerging and existing threats.

Resources and links

o Security Update Validation Program (SUVP)

o Microsoft Security Response Centre (MSRC)

o Vulnerability Management at Microsoft

o Who we are and what we do

o Security Intelligence Report

o Part 1: Growth of Home PC’s and Internet Use Expansion – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 2: Rise of Malicious Software and Increasing Privacy Concerns – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 3: TwC Memo, SDL and XP SP2 – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 5: Security Research Community and BlueHat Prize Inception – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 6: Online Safety: “Protect Your PC” and Stop. Think. Connect. – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 7: Microsoft Active Protections Program and Battling Botnets – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 8: Proliferation of Devices & Applications and Government & Cybersecurity – TwC Interactive Timeline


You can view the full Interactive Timeline here.