Microsoft offers $1m for secure computing curricula

Tuesday, 3 August 2004, 1:37 PM EST

The $1m will be made available as a request for proposal, Microsoft senior vice-president Rick Rashid said at the start of the software maker's annual Faculty Summit.

"The goal there is to dedicate $1m over the next two years to help develop curricula for Trustworthy Computing and really improve the state of the art in terms of education for students," Rashid told an audience of about 400 faculty researchers from institutions worldwide.

"There have not been really well-defined curricula in this space," he said.

Trustworthy Computing is a Microsoft-wide initiative to focus on security launched by Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates in January 2002. Despite the initiative, Microsoft software continues to be hit by computer worms, viruses and other threats.

By Joris Evers at Computer Weekly.

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