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Microsoft security tries to compete with the big dogs


Microsoft expands security operationsThis week, Microsoft announced that it's expanding the globalization of its security response and research operations to include shops in Ireland and Japan, plus it's launching a preview of a new online security service called Malware Protection Center. This moves Microsoft in the right direction if it plans to compete with the big dogs in the security industry, but Microsoft admittedly still has a ways to go. Read the entire story as presented on CNET Networks' News.com: "Microsoft adds security muscle."  

Here's a snippet from the article:

Turning irritation into opportunity

Security used to be just something that Microsoft got hammered on, but... Microsoft now sees it as a market it had not previously tapped. Yet, the company recognizes that some may balk at what could be seen as Microsoft turning lemons into lemonade.

Some of our customers view this a little controversially, in a sense that if we could solve these problems at the root, why is there a need for extra products," Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said this week. "We do live in a world in which the bad guys are also getting smarter all the time. It is important to be able to lock the core infrastructure and then protect around it in a way that is a bit more dynamic."

Some security specialists think that it will take several months before Microsoft's security products will be able to compete with the goods from Symantec, McAfee, and Trend Micro -- others think that it will take years. How long do you think it will take before Microsoft truly becomes competitive in the security industry? Join this discussion, and offer your security forecast for Microsoft.

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23 comments
Tig2
Tig2

Sounds more like a screen door on a submarine. There are things that one should just not embrace. I use a variety of tools to ensure that my Microsoft machines are secure. None of them come from Microsoft. It is a good bet that none ever will. I want security on my machine, not eye candy.

sales
sales

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CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Instead of trying to increase their share of the security software market, they ought to be trying to render that business sector obsolete. They're selling an insecure operating system and then trying to sell more software to secure it? For this reason, I wouldn't buy their product no matter how good or inexpensive it is. Talk about improperly using your resources.

enews
enews

What you say makes sense and to add to that.. I don't think they can totally eradicate the security flaws in their system.. perhaps it's time they made it open source. That way they have more non-profit oriented folks looking at it. Plus it could means faster release time for patches.

Black-eyed Pea
Black-eyed Pea

Someone help me understand why Microsoft doesn't acquire Symantec, McAfee, or Trend Micro. That's how they eliminated competitors in the past. What prevents them from doing so now? Pride? Fear of more anti-trust ire? What? I honestly think it is one of Microsoft's intentions to eliminate or significantly reduce the size of the IT security sector - specifically the huge sector that thrives off of MS product vulnerabilities. However, Microsoft knows that to do it right means starting from scratch with Windows. That is a huge undertaking. It requires fewer resources to continually patch and add more bells and whistles to their existing code. Vista was supposed to be revolutionary. Instead, they (yet again) applied lipstick to a sloppy, over-bloated pig - 2.5GB and 50 million lines of code!!! Exponential security-bug potential. Starting from scratch should be a very serious intention for Microsoft. MS...give us a secure OS that installs in less than 30 minutes!

GhostBrowser
GhostBrowser

Was that God I keep loseing track How many are there now That show's that vista need's more from its hardware Vista = bigger harddrive = New computer for some poor MS customers Only the dumb buggers who listen to sales reps and windows blockheads anyway And to the many windows blockheads don't answer this post I won't answer I don't talk to boneheads or blockheads

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

That's the simple answer. From the business perspective, it's better to dominate a new market with your own product rather than cut that market out. Why cut out the security market when you can sell both the OS and the security tools. The extreme example would be; why cure cancer when you can sell the an ongoing perscription. There must be a few business text books that say; "Create a new market and dominate it." From the end user perspective, doing security right and modularizing the OS more would be the better way to go. Reduce the need for system overhead while allowing the system to conform more to it's indavidual needs. osX is ahead of Windows in that regard with the additional polish and marketing needed to be recognized as a contender. Fixing security and going so modular means changing the way Windows is designed and cutting out a second revenue stream. It would also be lowering barriers of entry for competition to the "features" they've already pushed out of the market so that won't happen. For now we'll have to make do with the briding OS that is Vista until we see what it's going to transition us all too (a la winME style so far).

trustmubaiwa
trustmubaiwa

they have to concentrate on a secure OS. this is what will really make them good. or alternatively, let the consentrate on OS and leave it to Symantec and other security software developers to shelled their OS. specialisation has always proven to be the best TAM

GhostBrowser
GhostBrowser

Ok a lot of People think this is Good Business Create a market Then supply to that market I don't but that is only my opinion Lets ask the add men or is that amen

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

If computers were run according to the original design then there would be no security problem.Remember Microsoft still has an EU problem.

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

to describe your lack of knowledge of physics so thank you. A bit more than Balthor knows about computers should do the job. Security was never a concept for the first computers and never could have been, unless you want to credit Nostradamus with their invention.

kasey.parker
kasey.parker

Isn't that kind of like McDonald's trying to open weight loss centers?

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

My mother was just telling me this morning that Weight Watchers has a menu for McDonalds so that you could eat there for every meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and still fit in your required "points." So, your analogy might not be that far out!

DanLM
DanLM

Please give me a water with that, I'm trying to watch my weight. Sorry. To be truthfull, I should check the wieght watchers diet. Bloody get a woman that loves me, and I put on bloody 20 pounds in 1 year. Soon you will be greasing this fat boy to get him through the door. Dan

Why Me Worry?
Why Me Worry?

Your analogy cannot be any further from the truth.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Microsoft has set up security response and research operations in Ireland and Japan and offered a preview of its new online security service, but it still has a long way to go to catch up to rivals Symantec, McAfee, and Trend Micro. Exactly how long it will take before Microsoft's security products can truly compete in the security industry is debatable. What's your security forecast for Microsoft?

sman_says
sman_says

I have posted the article on the distributed security in www.browsetoknow.blogspot.com. Thanks,

leo.minervini
leo.minervini

My opinion, leave security to the security specialists.

trustmubaiwa
trustmubaiwa

i think it will take them long enough for them to realise they are not that good. leave it to Symantec MS!!!

Pringles86
Pringles86

They should concentrate on making their OS more secure, put the other guys out of business, open their own security devision to protect their OS, then intentionally create vulnerabilities, then only people with their security software will be safe...

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

especially given the IE7/Vista vulnerability that they knew about for months before it was exploited.

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