DALLAS—Microsoft Corp.s chief trustworthy computing strategist called on the industry to help out with securing the Internet, and he also introduced a new product and new Microsoft initiatives to assist in the effort.
Scott Charney, who heads Microsofts security efforts, spoke at the companys TechEd conference here, saying the responsibility for ensuring public safety on the Internet rests with the industry overall. To that end, Microsoft Tuesday announced a new product with VeriSign Inc., of Mountain View, Calif., that will build on the Windows Server 2003 foundation and add public key infrastructure (PKI) capabilities to secure access to enterprise applications, both within and outside corporate boundaries.
Nico Popp, vice president of product development in the security services division at VeriSign, joined Charney onstage at TechEd to introduce the jointly developed solution.
VeriSign PKI on top of Windows Server 2003 provides: "ease of deployment, interoperability, ease of use and uncompromising security," Popp said.
Popp said the technology will ship by the end of the year and services will be hosted in VeriSign datacenters and also at client sites. In addition, Popp said Microsoft and VeriSign are working together to use digital signatures in e-mail as a tool against spam.
Meanwhile, Lutz Ziob, general manager of training and certification at Microsoft, announced two new security certification programs for system administrators and systems engineers: the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA: Security) and the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE: Security). The new certification programs are targeted at Windows 2000, with certifications for Windows 2003 coming later this year, the company said.