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Microsoft's Security Push Rolls On

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave a speech on the company's security goals in Munich today.
Any attention paid to these issues by the company's leadership is always welcome at Security Fix. However, the plans Ballmer outlines focus on business markets, not home computing.

The newsworthy part of Ballmer's speech seems to be the announcement that Microsoft would ship a security toolkit for businesses called Microsoft Client Protection that will block viruses, worms, spyware and other threats. According to, Client Protection will be the enterprise-market equivalent of OneCare, the security toolkit for consumers that Microsoft plans to offer on some sort of suscription basis later this year.

[Editor's note: Sometime today Microsoft will release advance notification of security updates for Windows and other software that will be released next week in the company's monthly "Patch Tuesday." We'll analyze the announcement when it's made.]

-- Rob Pegoraro
Washington Post consumer technology editor

By Brian Krebs  |  October 6, 2005; 1:46 PM ET
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I find it chutzpah that MS would push to start making money from the very vulnerabilities it has imposed on the users of Windows. I also see a potential conflict of interest; MS could have advanced information about vulnerabilities which it could then 'fix'...

Posted by: Dave H | October 6, 2005 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I find that MS has a staggering resemblance to Katrina, aHuge blowhard that wrecks havoc on the consumer

Posted by: frogi420 | October 6, 2005 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Money before quality!!
AT MS "money is job 1" !! but this is typical of cor-pirate buisness practices. to sell something shody.
than turn a profit repairing it.

Posted by: wawadave | October 7, 2005 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Note, the vulnerabilities 'imposed by microsoft' are only 'imposed' on those that chose to use the software. Like crack cocaine in a way... Only dangerous if you use it.

As Ms. Reagan used to say: "Just say NO!"

Posted by: chuck | October 9, 2005 9:12 PM | Report abuse

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