Microsoft preps new security strategy

— 5:08 AM on October 2, 2003

There's an interesting story over at C|Net on what looks like a major shift in Microsoft's PC security strategy. Instead of solely relying on patches to plug vulnerabilities, Microsoft will focus on "securing the perimeter" to prevent malicious code from getting at even unpatched systems:

Ayala declined to detail Microsoft's new approach, or say whether the plans include getting further into the market of providing antivirus software. He did say that part of the effort will be a deeper relationship with firewall providers.

"We are going to start putting more emphasis on what we call securing the perimeter," he said. "That speaks of a deep partnership with the firewall world."

Though Microsoft hasn't provided many details on its new security plan, it should address problems associated with vulnerable systems going unpatched for weeks and even months after exploits have been identified and patches released.
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