Microsoft seems convinced they will. And the company is pulling out all the stops to continue to educate its users, reasoning that a more educated customer base will be a more secure customer base.
In a Tuesday Web cast, Mike Nash, corporate vice president in charge of Microsofts security business and technology unit, reiterated the companys plans to continue to deliver security-assessment and vulnerability-analysis tools as part of its educational outreach.
Nash also told participants that Microsoft on Wednesday will release for download a new scripting capability for its Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 1.2, a product which performs scans of Windows systems for security misconfigurations. The new scripting tool will allow users to scan an unlimited number of computers or IP addresses from a single input file.
Nash said Microsoft is sticking to its current security-product timetable. In the first half of this year, the company will roll out its Windows XP Service Pack 2 release. (A broad-scale beta of SP2 is expected imminently.) It also will deliver the final release of its Internet Security and Acceleration 2004 product before mid-year, Nash said.
In the second half of this year, Microsoft will deliver its first service pack for Windows Server 2003; its Windows Update Services 2.0, formerly known as Software Update Services; its Microsoft Update patch-catalog technology; and other, unnamed security "enhancements," he said.
Some time in the future—Nash did not specify any dates—Microsoft will deliver its Exchange Edge Services, Next Generation Secure Computing Base (formerly code-named "Palladium") and its Active Protection technologies, he said.