If you lead customers to the security trough, will they drink?
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.
Mike Nash, corporate VP in charge of Microsofts security business and technology unit, reiterated in a Web cast on Tuesday Microsofts plans to continue to deliver security-assessment and vulnerability-analysis tools as part of its educational outreach.
Nash also told Web cast participants that Microsoft will release for download on Wednesday, March 17, 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.