When Free Is Not Free: Hidden Costs in Microsoft Security Solutions

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Executive Summary

One aspect of computing infrastructures that can be decoupled from network, desktop and server platforms is security. Ironically, the argument has been well made that the very security problems plaguing most organizations - rapid spread of malware, targeted attacks, and drive-by downloads from malicious web sites, is attributable to Microsoft's domination of so many computers worldwide. This mono-culture of computing platforms means that malware created to infect home users with Trojans meant to steal their banking credentials also infects enterprise desktops, servers, and infrastructure. In other words, in their quest to dominate as much of corporate computing budgets as possible, Microsoft has created a world wide security problem that entails investment, lost time, management, compliance and reporting requirements to control.

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