10 years ago this week, Bill Gates sent this Trustworthy Computing (TwC) memo to all employees. The memo called for the company to rethink its approach to products – putting security at the forefront. To capture the journey we’ve made in Trustworthy Computing over the last 10 years – the Trustworthy Computing (or TwC) Team has created this infographic on Microsoft News Center I recommend checking out. You should also read this blog post from the Microsoft Security Blog.
Today, Windows 7 makes it super easy for people to stay safe and secure with their PC. For example Action Center helps make sure a person’s firewall is on (such as the built in Windows Firewall) and if antivirus software is installed and up to date. It will alert you if either of these is not operating as they should. Windows 7 also includes Windows Defender which helps keep a person’s PC protected against spyware and unwanted software. You can also protect your data from theft with BitLocker which encrypts your hard drive. BitLocker-to-Go can be used to encrypt USB thumb drives if you’re storing important data on thumb drives. These are only some of the security features in Windows 7 designed to make your PC safe and secure.
When pairing Windows 7 with the latest release of Internet Explorer, Internet Explorer 9 – a person’s PC is even more safe and secure. For example - according to two reports recently released by NSS Labs, an independent security research and testing organization, tests show IE9 protects against more than 99% of socially engineered malware thanks to features like SmartScreen and Application Reputation (for more – see this blog post on Exploring IE).
And with SmartScreen in Hotmail, as of this last summer we’ve reduced true spam in Hotmail inboxes to less than 3%. And Hotmail has declared war on graymail with new features this last fall.
You can see the results of Trustworthy Computing in Windows today.
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I think the Trustworthy Initiiave was one of the best directions you guys took and I feel that you may be drifting from it. I'm concerned that in the Windows8 blogs and releases nothing is said about security. Its all "it just works" and "seamless integration and sharing" and zero information about end-user security, interprocess security or any enhanced OS security. Perhaps it is incorrect, but I really get the feeling that security is backburnered in Win8 to getting everyhing to work. As an example, I point out that the Windows Security blog (windowsteamblog.com/.../windowssecurity) in the past 8 months there has not been one post about Windows8 enhanced security.
When Win7 was coming out the blogs were full of the enhanced registry security and ways it was redesigned to prevent accidental or malicious changes. Maybe I am looking in the wrong spots but I see little info about this at all. How are WinRT settings being protected?
Even at the end-user level, it seems little emphasis is placed on security. Facebook has multiple screens on setting security and sharing privacy, WindowsRT has zero as far as I can tell. I'm assuming the individual apps will have some but the preview ones don't have anything other than an on/off switch for sharing and they don't even tell you what the imlications of the sharing actually mean.
I am not a programmer, but I noticed the WinRT developer guide (msdn.microsoft.com/.../hh852650) doesn't even mention the word "security." Is security so low in the priority chain it isn't even mentioned? How are you preventing poorly written or malicious WinRT apps from accessing things they shouldnt? Shouldn't Trustworth computing be one of the backbones you are pushing in the WinRT development environment?
Please take a hard look at the the original memo and compare it to the signals you are putting out today.
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