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[News] [Rival] Vista 7 Too High at TCO Because of Malware Problem

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Vista 7 Too High at TCO Because of Malware Problem
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 08 Nov 2009 19:55:14 +0000
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Are Microsoft to blame for "hidden" malware costs and will
Windows 7 make any difference?

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| A couple of stories have hit the headlines this 
| year concerning the huge cost that some UK Local 
| Governments incurred when dealing with malware 
| attack on their Windows machines. If you missed 
| them, Manchester City Council had a single USB 
| infected with the infamous Conficker worm and it 
| cost them â brace yourself â &pound;1.5m ($2.4m) 
| of which &pound;1.2m (US$1.9m) was spent on IT, of 
| which a staggering Â600,000 (US$980k) went on 
| consultancy fees including money to Microsoft. A 
| while later, Ealing Borough Council were hit with 
| a cost of Â500000 (about US$ 800k) when they were 
| also hit by a single USB stick containing 
| conficker. Some in the industry tweeted and 
| blogged this as being a âhidden cost of using 
| Microsoft Windowsâ. In the ensuing discussion, 
| many pointed out that the high cost was really due 
| to the lack of a proper patching and disaster 
| recovery policy at the council. So which is right? 
| Is dealing with malware a hidden cost of using 
| Windows or of a poor IT strategy?
| [...]
| Regardless of your software choice, a poor 
| patching policy is a very bad idea if you value 
| system integrity. But if you going to argue your 
| case on TCO, Microsoft, donât then try to dodge 
| talk of the additional costs for maintaining, 
| patching and clearing a Windows-based system.



Microsoft plans monster Patch Tuesday next week

,----[ Quote ]
| Unlucky 13 sets record as biggest-ever patch day,
| includes first-ever for Windows 7 RTM
| [...]
| The company will ship a total of 13 updates next
| week, eight of them pegged "critical," the highest
| threat ranking in its four-step scoring system,
| beating the previous record of 12 updates shipped in
| February 2007 and again in October 2008.

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