New Security Program
Microsoft says "Enough is enough!"
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Microsoft Gets Serious About Securityby Dave Murphy
Microsoft Outlook and Internet Information Server (IIS) are two very popular targets for crackers, viruses, and worms. Microsoft says it's out to lock the doors on attackers with its new Strategic Technology Protection Program (STPP).
STPP has two phases: Get Secure and Stay Secure. The first phase is underway now, the second phase kicks in within 60 days.
As part of the Get Secure phase, Microsoft is offering free virus-related product support, 1-866-PC-SAFETY (727-2338) and a new security tool kit that is available on Microsoft's security website. The tool kit includes service packs and advice for Windows NT/2000 users.
The second phase, Stay Secure, will offer comprehensive security roll-up packages via Windows Update and automatic updates for business clients.
Microsoft has promised that the next release of IIS will be locked down by default, rather than leaving security as an optional configuration.
Dave's OpinionBully for Microsoft.
Security is front page news all across the IT industry. Microsoft has such a depth penetration into our industry that the STPP can make a big difference in how securely many Internet services function.
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