Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Aug 2006 21:08 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft will focus on rapid acquisitions to quickly build its security capability, the company said this week. Recent acquisitions such as Winternals and virtual private network specialist Whale will help Microsoft build a comprehensive range of integrated services that cover every aspect of security, according to Gopal Kutwaroo, Microsoft's UK security product manager.
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RandomGuy
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2006-07-30

"and added a ton of better design."
Not really easy to "add" good design/security as an afterthought...

I might be wrong but using virus & firewall with windows, I always felt like painting a thin wooden door to look like a massive metal door so that nobody would break it ;)

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rayiner Member since:
2005-07-06

Not really easy to "add" good design/security as an afterthought...

Not only that, but you can't acquire security.

This reflects a systematic cultural problem at Microsoft. They fail to understand that security and stability are inversely proportional to complexity and size. You don't achieve security by adding things, you achieve it by taking things away.

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Nex6 Member since:
2005-07-06

even Linux, and FreeBSD are adding stuff to there OS's.
you can not remove functionality. but going back, and recoding stuff or change designs can correct alot of problems.

-Nex6

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RandomGuy Member since:
2006-07-30

Absolutely. Reminds me of this:
"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Although that should probably go with Einstein's famous quote "Make things as simple as possible, but not any simpler"

I really wonder if it would do MS more harm in the long term if they opted to ditch 100% compatibility and use something like the emulation mode now used for dos apps...

I mean, it is pretty obvious that their current development model is not going anyway in the long term...
They really have to come up with a solution to handle the ever growing complexity instead of just piling stuff on top of their aging architecture...

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