Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Timeline

By eweek  |  Posted 2005-10-31 Print this article Print

Timeline of Microsoft security efforts.

December 2000 Formation of the Security Services Partner Program (searchable Web-based database where customers can locate immediate help in dealing with security issues in their own systems and across the Internet)

February 2001

General availability of ISA Server


Microsoft hosts Trusted Computing conference, beginning discussion of the need for more secure software


Publication of "Writing Secure Code" by Michael Howard and David LeBlanc

January 2002

Bill Gates issues Trustworthy Computing memo to all of Microsoft; planning and curriculum development for Windows security review–now called a "security push"


Microsoft pulls more than 70 development teams off their projects to go through security training


Microsoft delays release of .Net Server family so it can undergo security review


Scott Charney is hired as chief security strategist to oversee Trustworthy Computing; Microsoft creates the Security Business Unit, now known as the Security Business & Technology Unit, and names Mike Nash vice president; MBSA (Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer) released


SQL Server, Exchange, Office complete security pushes


Release of SUS (Software Update Services) critical patch deployment tool for small and midsize customers


MBSA V1.1 released; publication of "Writing Secure Code" second edition, reflecting lessons of a year of security pushes

February 2003

Microsoft forms academic advisory board for advice on security issues


Windows Server 2003, the first product to be built from scratch since the beginning of Trustworthy Computing, released


VIA (Virus Information Alliance) announced


Microsoft acquires GeCAD Software


Microsoft moves to a monthly patch cycle; news announced by Steve Ballmer at the Worldwide Partner Conference; monthly Webcasts hosted by Mike Nash begin


Microsoft Anti-Virus Reward Program announced

January 2004

Security Development Lifecycle formalized; tools such as PREfix and PREfast become formal aspects of the development process for more secure and reliable software


Gates announces active protection technologies vision, Coordinated Spam Reduction Initiative; establishment of Caller ID for E-mail; formation of Global Infrastructure Alliance for Internet Safety


Security summits started and held in major U.S. cities through June


Windows XP SP2 released, including several security upgrades, such as turning on the firewall by default


Advance Notification Program announced


Giant Company Software acquisition announced

January 2005

Microsoft launches the first of its monthly Malicious Software Removal Tools; Microsoft AntiSpyware beta launched


Sybari acquisition announced


Microsoft holds the first Blue Hat briefings on its Redmond campus


Windows OneCare announced; launch of Security Advisories program


Steve Ballmer outlines Microsofts security strategy and road map, announcing Client Protection and Antigen; Fall 2005 Blue Hat briefings


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