SANS Institute lauds Microsoft security efforts

Tuesday, 11 March 2003, 7:02 PM EST

Microsoft, long at the receiving end of widespread user criticism for buggy products, last week received a rare pat on the back for its security efforts from the SANS Institute.

SANS, a research organization for systems administrators and security managers in Bethesda, Md., gave Microsoft awards for demonstrating leadership in three security categories at the Fifth National Information Assurance Leadership Conference in San Diego.

The company won awards for leadership in providing automated security updates; providing security training for software developers; and providing testing software for security vulnerabilities.

Microsoft's award in the automated updates category -- which it shared with Linux supplier Red Hat Inc. -- was in recognition of the automated patching service for Windows XP and Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 and above. Microsoft's security training program for software developers earned the company its second award, while its extensive automation of its software testing process snagged the third one.

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