Security clouds Vista’s future


Security clouds Vista’s future

Windows Vista could annoy users and administrators so much that companies may delay adopting the new operating system, warns analyst firm Yankee Group.

Vista will include many welcome security improvements, but upgrading will be tricky if users react badly to its intrusive nature. The analyst group recommends waiting for the dust to settle until 2008 and continue with Windows XP and Service Pack 2.

"Microsoft Vista will bring spectacular improvements to the overall level of security for users, but only if Microsoft succeeds in making customers and ISVs comfortable with the new security system," says Andrew Jaquith, Yankee Group security solutions and services program manager.

Users are likely to be annoyed by the User Account Control feature, says Jaquith, aimed at reducing access privileges to help foil malware attacks. Jaquith also points out that the security tools are repetitive and could make adminstrators’ jobs harder.

Vista will change the shape of the security market, as it largely wipes out the need for anti-spyware or firewall software. It may also shrink the need for disk encryption, device control and host intrusion sofware. But the lucrative anti-virus market will be unaffected by the comprehensive in-built security measures.

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