Can Microsoft take the lead in security?

Wednesday, 21 August 2002, 12:26 AM EST

"Would I have preferred to see it happen earlier? Yes I would have," said Steve Riley, senior consultant at Microsoft Consulting Services' EC3 security practice division.

"For a long time, what was important to customers was features and performance--because our products were deployed mainly in trusted environments, where security and resiliency from attack just wasn't an issue," said Riley.

He believes that as customers started to use its product in ways it hadn't envisioned, security became more of an issue.

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