Microsoft on Security: Pariah or Trendsetter? - Page 2


Microsofts security: Too hard?

Another unresolved issue is how Microsofts new security efforts will impact day-to-day work, said Roy Zamora, a software engineer with New York-based digital image specialists WireImage.

Zamora said hes been "very impressed" with Microsofts work in Vista and SharePoint server.

"It should be very interesting to see what they can do with Web 2.0, Atlas and AJAX," Zamora said.

"I think theres a real technology evolution going on with SDL, and were doing the same things with our own products."

However, Zamora said he remains somewhat "skeptical" about features like UAC and how that change might affect his ability to get work done.

He expects there will be an extended period of time needed to familiarize workers with the additions.

Phil Nash, an applications analyst with Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, said his company is only now upgrading to Windows XP-based because of some of the security concerns around Microsofts products.

He remains unconvinced that Microsoft will truly be able to improve the security of its products or deliver on its promise of providing malware-fighting technology on par with products made by third-party applications makers.

Based on the early feedback, Nash said he believes that users will be forced to disable some of the new security features in Vista, when possible, in order to continue to work in the ways to which they are already accustomed.

"Microsoft is making things more secure, but there will always be back doors left open, and people will find away around the security features as they always do," said Nash.

"They claim that they will have better malware fighting tools than what is out there today, but all they have done is buy some other technologies and integrate them; well still need third-party applications to fill the gaps."

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