In the past several weeks, OneCare failed at least one independent anti-malware software test. Further the fact that it "eats" Outlook files was revealed. Although Microsoft is providing updates to deal with the Outlook issues, it still doesn't appear to be the right choice for anyone who actually wants to protect her computer.
According to a ZDNet interview with Microsoft at the CeBIT show in Hanover, "...a senior manager [Arno Edelmann] for the software giant said that its consumer security product is far from perfect and that pieces are actually 'missing'" (Tom Espiner, "Microsoft: OneCare should not have been rolled out", ZDNet UK, 16 March 2007)
This doesn't bode well for Microsoft who is trying desparately to position itself as the defender of your data—or is it? Edelmann is also quoted as saying that, "Microsoft is not a security company. Security is important, but it's just a little part of Microsoft" (Espiner, 2007).
Hmm... If Microsoft is promising to build EFFECTIVE security into every product, I would think that security would be a BIG part of Microsoft's product management efforts.
Tom is a security researcher for the InfoSec Institute and an IT professional with over 30 years of experience. He has written three books, Just Enough Security, Microsoft Virtualization, and Enterprise Security: A Practitioner's Guide (to be published in Q1/2013). Before joining the private sector, he served 10 years in the United States Army Military Police with four years as a military police investigator. He has an MBA and CISSP certification. He is also an online instructor for the University of Phoenix.