Time for Vista to prove security, warns expert

Following the launch of Vista and Office 2007 last week, security specialist David Lacey has told readers of his Computer Weekly blog that, although they are hugely welcome, the security improvements made by Microsoft now need to prove their worth to business users.

Following the launch of Vista and Office 2007 last week, security specialist David Lacey has told readers of his Computer Weekly blog that, although they are hugely welcome, the security improvements made by Microsoft now need to prove their worth to business users.

“I have always been concerned about the large number of security flaws in previous releases and the need to install additional point solutions to achieve a decent level of enterprise security,” he said.

But Lacey warned the problem went far beyond Microsoft. “Very little shrink-wrapped software is designed with good security in mind,” he said.

Lacey said Microsoft’s willingness to address the issue was a step in the right direction. “You cannot change everything overnight, but Microsoft has addressed these points while others have not,” he said. “It will take many years to correct the imperfect practices of the past two decades.”

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