Gartner dings Microsoft's security plans

Gartner dings Microsoft's security plans

Summary: "Microsoft's overriding goal should be to eliminate the need for AV anti-virus and AS anti-spyware products, not simply to enter the market with lookalike products at lower prices" Microsoft's security announcements this week have scared the bejesus out of independent anti-spyware companies, but they can take some comfort in the fact thatthe companydoesn'tseem to know exactly what it will deliver and how, and how it fits in its overall strategy.

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"Microsoft's overriding goal should be to eliminate the need for AV anti-virus and AS anti-spyware products, not simply to enter the market with lookalike products at lower prices"

Microsoft's security announcements this week have scared the bejesus out of independent anti-spyware companies, but they can take some comfort in the fact thatthe companydoesn'tseem to know exactly what it will deliver and how, and how it fits in its overall strategy. Gartner made hay with this point, saying that the company squandered the opportunityto "clarify its strategy for the security market and articulate whether it plans to be a leader in consumer and enterprise security solutions across desktop, server and server gateway."

Microsoft doesn't need this market; it needs to fix security problems. The announcements help fill in some of the gaps in Microsofts emerging security strategy, but since it is one built on reactivity I'dsay it's more of a thankless effort than anything else.

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  • This is horrible...

    MS now has incentive to make buggier software. More hackable software. There's money to be made in fixing it! You have got to be kidding me. Can you say conflict of interest? Where's the Dept of Justice?
    ordaj9
  • design choices

    most problems are from simple design choices that microsoft made. They could fix 99% tomorrow by:

    1. Outlook and Outlook Express can't run stuff in mails at all.
    2. User level processes can't access privileged ports. (and ports are given security levels just like in unix/linux).
    3. active x can't access the local machine.

    This will break stuff, but until these basic design choices are changed... the current situation will remain.
    hipparchus2000
    • hipparchus i agree

      this is correct but in the long run after the growing pains are done and the bugs/software that had broke is repaired windows would be better off maybe ms will consider this in the future when they get tired of the constant security bugs and exploits they will consider this formula
      liskanich
  • Who cares?

    It's not like anyone reads Gartner reports to decide whether to use Microsoft stuff or not. Either you are on the MS treadmill or you're not:

    1) If you're not, a Gartner report praising MS to the heavens won't inspire you to get on.
    2) If you're on the treadmill, you've probably got more reasons than Gartner could ever print for staying.
    3) In the rare instance that (like Earnie Ball) you've decided to get off the treadmill anyway, see #1.

    No matter how you slice it, nothing Gartner has to say is going to make a difference.
    Yagotta B. Kidding
    • At least they're no longer Bill Gates' lapdogs...

      At least they're no longer Bill Gates' lapdogs. A couple of years ago Gartner wouldn't have published this.
      Jomo_z
  • YES "MS WEAKWARE" - This is horrible...

    ordaj I must agree with you. This approach by Microsoft is the desire to make money at both ends. It is like the chap that I meet that ran a Drug rehab centre that sold drugs at the back door. The ultimate in job security.

    The chances are 90% that they will take the path of least resistance and not put much effort into developing / rewriting software so that it is not as vulnerable as the their existing ?MS WEAKWARE? offerings.

    When a new flaw is detected they will patch it via their anti adware/scumware/spyware/virusware suite. I wonder how long it will be before they charge us for their sloppy work?
    Donavan McDonough
  • Security and sp2

    I had a feeling that's where they were going with SP2. By the way can they download it onto your computer even with (notify me but don't automatically download or install them) checked after April 17. I am a noob about computers that is why I read this forum, to learn. It seems that people that are more knowledgeable about computers on other forums don't quite know the answer to this. Hope you don't mind me asking.
    darco