Security is about more than an image problem

Friday, 21 November 2003, 2:36 PM EST

Microsoft recently announced rewards in exchange for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who exploit its flagship Windows product through viruses, worms and other forms of malicious code.

After years of sitting idle, Microsoft is suddenly committed to improving security. Hence the company's mad rush to inject "security" into every product, speech and statement to reassure customers that Windows is still a worthy operating environment to purchase.

But rather than address its own problems, the company has decided to use creative marketing as a substitute for good security and software development. The problem isn't that virus writers are exploiting Windows; it's that Microsoft makes Windows easy to exploit by anyone with a modicum of programming know-how. Instead of accepting responsibility, the company is trying to pass the blame for such problems off onto others.

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