Palladium holds Promise, and Peril

Monday, 8 July 2002, 2:24 PM EST

The responses to the recent publication of Microsoft's "Palladium" project are as varied as the putative sources of the initiative's namesake in Greek Mythology.

Some say the "Palladium" is a statue of Athena; others say it was a figurine made by Athena in the image of her lost friend Pallas, whom she killed in a childhood battle. Most contend that after the Palladium was stolen from Troy, the city then became vulnerable to attack and fell victim to the original Trojan Horse.

Regardless of your personal interpretation of lore, to most people the Palladium is a representation of protection and an icon of security. With such rich symbolism and metaphoric potential, it is no wonder that Microsoft chose it as the code name to embody the goals of what I believe is their most enterprising security project to date.

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