Microsoft Must Cooperate with Industry Security Experts

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2010-08-23 Print this article Print


5. Bolster Internet Explorer

Time and time again over the years Internet Explorer has proven to be the application most frequently hit with security flaws. With the right strategy in place, Microsoft could limit those problems. But that strategy must start with a revamped security strategy in the browser space. Internet Explorer is widely used around the world. If Microsoft can fix the security holes in the software prior to issues occurring, it can go a long way in reducing worldwide security problems. 

6. Work closely with security firms

Security firms, such as Symantec and the newly acquired McAfee, could be some of the most important allies Microsoft has. The companies deliver the software most folks use to secure their operating systems. If Microsoft can clue the companies in on some of the issues it potentially sees with Windows, better safeguards could be put in place to help keep users secure. Once again, taking pre-emptive action, especially through the help of security firms, is extremely important. 

7. Improve Windows Defender

Part of the reason why Microsoft might not want to get too cozy with McAfee and Symantec is Windows Defender. The company's security software, which is widely regarded to be quite good, delivers the same basic protection that competing services do. But right now, it's not delivering the experience that users necessarily need. In the end, Windows Defender could be the first line of defense. And Microsoft should do everything it can to improve that software to keep its users safe. 

8. Better understanding of corporate users

Corporate users are key stakeholders in the security market. They desire the services that keep them safe, and maintain protection for their sensitive data. Realizing that, Microsoft needs to keep the corporate world informed of the security problems that could come their way. Security response is all about communication. If the software giant doesn't communicate issues to its key market sector, trouble will ensue. 

9. Hire more security experts

Although Microsoft was forced to lay off employees during the worst of the Great Recession, the firm has the money to strategically hire staff. But rather than hire people to build tablets, it might be time for Microsoft to employ more security experts. At this point, it's hard to argue with the opinion that Microsoft isn't doing such a great job at securing its software. More security experts could help the software giant make a more compelling argument in its favor. 

10. Enlist the help of others

It might be a tall order for a company that has been so secretive about security, but it's time that Microsoft starts enlisting the help of others. The security space is filled with experts, researchers and even former hackers that Microsoft can tap into. The company has done some of that in the past, but the time has come to do more. Get working with others, Microsoft. It's about time.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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