Microsoft security: the big question

Critics of Newham Council's decision to put Microsoft at the centre of its IT strategy have focused on security.

Critics of Newham Council's decision to put Microsoft at the centre of its IT strategy have focused on security.

Richard Steel, the council's head of ICT, said, "Maintaining security is a massive, resource-hungry overhead. The council's deal with Microsoft took full account of the issue.

"Microsoft has had to evolve its product set to address [security] problems and it takes the security challenge seriously. A key commitment in its partnership with Newham is to demonstrate a best-in-class approach to ICT security."

Steel said this means addressing the software security challenges and also ensuring effective security policies, patch management and employing all reasonable logical and physical security controls.

"In Newham, we acknowledge this responsibility, and we are working towards accreditation under ISO17799, as are many other councils. Microsoft has acknowledged the priority of this work, committed to a standards-based approach and is supporting our efforts," he said.

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