Microsoft creates group to clean its coding act


Microsoft creates group to clean its coding act

Microsoft will expand its security business unit with a group that will establish new software development processes and create tools for its programmers so that future Microsoft products will have fewer security flaws.

"The Security Engineering Strategy team will look at security across all Microsoft product lines, with the ultimate goal being that customers will take security for granted in Microsoft products," said Steve Lipner, director of security engineering strategy at Microsoft.

"What we're focusing on is improving our processes for building code that is as good and particularly as secure as we can possibly make it."

The Security Engineering Strategy team will be small, with about 10 security experts who will be recruited from within as well as outside Microsoft.

"We will try to get the best people so we can to do a great job on security for our customers," he said.

Microsoft, which has faced hefty criticism over the security and stability of its products, created a business unit focused on security just over a year ago. The unit has been growing steadily since.

"Trustworthy Computing and security are key elements of success for the IT industry," said Lipner.

Trustworthy Computing is the Microsoft-wide initiative to focus on security launched by Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates in January last year.

Joris Evers write for IDG News Service

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