Experts debate security through diversity

Friday, 2 July 2004, 9:54 AM EST

The sheer number of worms and viruses directed at Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system and Internet Explorer browser have many in the computer industry wondering whether we would all be more secure if more users relied on alternatives to Microsoft's products.

That description appeared to fit about two thirds of the few hundred system administrators and engineers attending a debate between two prominent security experts at the Usenix 2004 conference in Boston on Wednesday. A show of hands before and after the debate confirmed that most users in attendance would prefer a more diverse group of operating system and Web browser software.

By Tom Krazit at IT World.

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