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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Security Vapourware Messed Up, Can Wait Another Year

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Microsoft delays Stirling security suite until late 2009/early 2010

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| Microsoft had been planning to deliver its integrated security suite, 
| codenamed “Stirling” in the first half of this year. On April 3, company 
| officials admitted that Stirling, instead, will begin rolling out very late 
| this year, with substantial components not coming until early 2010.   



Microsoft message to security world: Trust Us

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| I showed Bruce Schneier, chief security technology officer for BT, the End to 
| End Trust documents and he said "it feels general and like marketing hype." 
| The notion that the world needs centralized authentication "is just silly," 
| he added.   
| Basically, Microsoft has used its trusted computing efforts, such as 
| inserting identity rights management into Office 2003, to lock people into 
| using its products, Schneier said.  
| "Microsoft has used this as an anti-competitive tool," he said. 



Bots rule in cyberspace

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| USA TODAY REPORTS that on an average day, 40 per cent of the 800 million 
| computers connected to the Internet are bots used to send out spam, viruses 
| and to mine for sensitive personal data.  


What spooks Microsoft's chief security advisor

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| Speaking at the Boston SecureWorld conference Wednesday, the 19-year 
| Microsoft veteran whose job includes protecting enterprises, developers and 
| Microsoft itself said there actually is plenty of good news on the security 
| front. For example, his outfit scans a half million devices (with customer 
| permission) per month and in the first half of last year saw the first 
| period-over-period decline in new vulnerabilities disclosed across Microsoft 
| and non-Microsoft software since 2003.      
| However, 3,400 new vulnerabilities were discovered and “it’s still a big 
| number,” Arsenault says. “So if vulnerability rates are down, where are 
| they?”  


With Vista breached, Linux unbeaten in hacking contest

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| The MacBook Air went first; a tiny Fujitsu laptop running Vista was hacked on 
| the last day of the contest; but it was Linux, running on a Sony Vaio, that 
| remained undefeated as conference organizers ended a three-way computer 
| hacking challenge Friday at the CanSecWest conference.   

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