Microsoft Security: Whats Next?
Interview: Microsoft security strategist Scott Charney on what lies ahead for Trustworthy Computing.Scott Charney has been on the hot seat ever since he joined Microsoft Corp. last year as the software giants chief security strategist. He arrived in Redmond, Wash., four months after Bill Gates sent out his famous memo outlining the companys new Trustworthy Computing initiative and a newfound commitment to security. He is not only the public face of that effort but also the man who is ultimately responsible for carrying out Gates instructions regarding security. Charney talked to eWEEK Senior Editor Dennis Fisher recently about the progress Microsoft has made in the last year and what lies ahead for Trustworthy Computing. eWEEK: How do you think the company has done as far as Trustworthy Computing is concerned in the last year? Charney: In some ways, I think weve made great progress. But then I look at it as a continuum, and it seems like weve made very small steps on a very long road. Some of the steps have been important ones. Before Trustworthy Computing, the delaying of products because of security concerns was not common practice at Microsoftor in the industry, for that matter. Its an organizational change. Trustworthy Computing is a long-term effort, and some of the benefits have not yet been realized in the market.
eWEEK: How so?