Security woes aren't unique to Microsoft

Wednesday, 22 October 2003, 12:25 PM EST

Over the past few months, a number of publicized security issues have highlighted the fragility of today's systems and our dependence on them.
There has also been a lot of finger-pointing at Microsoft, and many are questioning whether the company can ever resolve the security problems that seem to plague many of its products.

First, it's important to understand that security concerns aren't new. From the earliest mainframes, there have been security updates from manufacturers. Most users just never knew about them or weren't affected by them. In today's mobile, interconnected world, everyone is affected by security problems and, therefore, security flaws make news.

Sure, Microsoft's security snafus are easy targets for critics, but the truth is that the company is doing a good job shouldering responsibility for issues related to its software. It's time for IT departments and end users to begin to shoulder some of the responsibility. We need to stop acting like small-town folks who leave their doors unlocked at night and start acting like urban denizens who wisely lock, bolt and chain their portals.

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