Microsoft Making Security Inroads
In an exclusive interview at Microsoft's TechEd conference, security chief Scott Charney lauds the role Microsoft Research is playing in delivering security solutions, while detailing the progress already made in getting a handle on security, as well as wDALLASWhen Microsoft Corp. is faced with a hard problem, it can call on Microsoft Research to help furnish answers. Security remains a hard problem, and Microsoft Research is providing some core technologies to help deliver Microsofts answer to the issue. In reference to finding answers to the problems around securing the online environment and data overall, Scott Charney, Microsofts chief trustworthy computing strategist, said, "[Microsoft Research has] a huge role to play." In an interview with eWEEK at the here, Charney said Microsoft Research provided some of the tools the company uses to check the security of code. "And were working with them on longer-term research like core things about how the [software] stack works," he said, adding that Microsoft Research also has done some work in the identification space.
At that he whipped out from his wallet a sheet of paper the size of a business card that holds his "Face Cert" identification. The Face Cert is a system Microsoft Research developed that includes an individuals picture, some text, a code number and a digitized image of the persons photo made into a bar code. It works by being signed by a private key that can be matched to a public key, Charney said.