Microsoft Puts Spotlight on Security Leadership at RSA Conference 2001

Company Delivers on Promises; Keynote Details Commitment and New Product

Security Features



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- David Thompson, vice president for
 the Windows(R) Product Server Group at Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT), today
 delivered a keynote speech at the 10th annual RSA Conference at The Moscone
 Center in San Francisco, describing the progress the company has made in
 security leadership over the past year and what Microsoft customers can expect
 next.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     Thompson announced several new security features for the Windows family of
 products that will be rolled out next year and detailed how Microsoft has
 delivered on the promises made to customers in last year's RSA Conference
 keynote. Thompson highlighted the Microsoft(R) Windows 2000 operating system,
 an improved security response process, the company's Safe Internet consumer
 security and privacy Web site, and the SafeNet 2000 security and privacy
 summit as security milestones for Microsoft over the past year. He also
 announced that Microsoft would host the 2001 security and privacy summit this
 fall.
     "In an increasingly interconnected world, Microsoft is delivering the
 products, technologies and services that empower safe, secure and trustworthy
 computing for customers," Thompson said. "Today's announcements illustrate
 Microsoft's continuing commitment to keeping our customers' information safe
 and secure."
 
     The War on Hostile Code
     Thompson characterized the upcoming releases of new security features in
 products across the Windows family -- including Windows XP and the next
 version of the Windows Server product, code-named "Whistler" -- as part of the
 company's "declaration of war on hostile code." He noted that over the past
 year the threat from hostile code, highlighted by an assortment of recent
 high-profile computer viruses, is of increasing concern to customers. He
 pointed to current product features such as the Outlook(R) E-mail Security
 Update, launched last July, as one example of steps Microsoft is taking to
 address this problem.
     Thompson also announced that the next versions of the Windows operating
 system, Windows XP and "Whistler Server," would include a new security
 feature, Software Restriction Policies. This feature, designed to track and
 stop hostile code like the ILoveYou and Anna Kournikova viruses while allowing
 administrator-approved mobile code to run, will place restrictions on where
 and how programs can run on a user's computer.
 
     Secure Windows Initiative
     In his keynote address, Thompson gave an overview of the Secure Windows
 Initiative, a key part of Microsoft's ongoing commitment to building more
 secure software and just one way the company is continuing to improve the
 security of its software. The Secure Windows Initiative is focused on
 providing Microsoft engineers companywide with ongoing education, tools that
 improve over time, security-focused development processes, and the rigorous
 internal and external testing needed to deliver the high-quality, secure
 software that customers demand.
 
     Security Leadership: Promises Made, Promises Kept
     Building on last year's RSA Conference keynote address, Thompson pointed
 to Microsoft's security vision and the promises made and kept by Microsoft
 last year. At last year's conference, he noted, Microsoft outlined a security
 vision and commitment to delivering secure products, customer service and
 industry leadership on all fronts. Thompson singled out Windows 2000, the most
 secure operating system Microsoft has ever shipped, as the first step in a
 year of security milestones for Microsoft. Other milestones included launching
 Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000, expanding security and
 privacy resources for consumers and expanding the industry-leading Microsoft
 Security Response Center. Thompson also announced that Microsoft would
 continue to lead the security charge and build on the success of SafeNet 2000
 by hosting the second annual security and privacy summit this year at the
 company's Silicon Valley campus.
     The RSA Conference, which is expected to attract more than
 10,000 attendees this year, is the industry's premier data security and
 cryptography event. This year's event, described as the largest network
 security exposition in history, includes keynote addresses and technical
 sessions covering a range of issues, from the latest in cutting-edge
 cryptographic research to the most current implementations of enterprise
 security and secure electronic commerce.
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
 
     NOTE:  Microsoft, Windows and Outlook are either registered trademarks or
 trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- David Thompson, vice president for
 the Windows(R) Product Server Group at Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT), today
 delivered a keynote speech at the 10th annual RSA Conference at The Moscone
 Center in San Francisco, describing the progress the company has made in
 security leadership over the past year and what Microsoft customers can expect
 next.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     Thompson announced several new security features for the Windows family of
 products that will be rolled out next year and detailed how Microsoft has
 delivered on the promises made to customers in last year's RSA Conference
 keynote. Thompson highlighted the Microsoft(R) Windows 2000 operating system,
 an improved security response process, the company's Safe Internet consumer
 security and privacy Web site, and the SafeNet 2000 security and privacy
 summit as security milestones for Microsoft over the past year. He also
 announced that Microsoft would host the 2001 security and privacy summit this
 fall.
     "In an increasingly interconnected world, Microsoft is delivering the
 products, technologies and services that empower safe, secure and trustworthy
 computing for customers," Thompson said. "Today's announcements illustrate
 Microsoft's continuing commitment to keeping our customers' information safe
 and secure."
 
     The War on Hostile Code
     Thompson characterized the upcoming releases of new security features in
 products across the Windows family -- including Windows XP and the next
 version of the Windows Server product, code-named "Whistler" -- as part of the
 company's "declaration of war on hostile code." He noted that over the past
 year the threat from hostile code, highlighted by an assortment of recent
 high-profile computer viruses, is of increasing concern to customers. He
 pointed to current product features such as the Outlook(R) E-mail Security
 Update, launched last July, as one example of steps Microsoft is taking to
 address this problem.
     Thompson also announced that the next versions of the Windows operating
 system, Windows XP and "Whistler Server," would include a new security
 feature, Software Restriction Policies. This feature, designed to track and
 stop hostile code like the ILoveYou and Anna Kournikova viruses while allowing
 administrator-approved mobile code to run, will place restrictions on where
 and how programs can run on a user's computer.
 
     Secure Windows Initiative
     In his keynote address, Thompson gave an overview of the Secure Windows
 Initiative, a key part of Microsoft's ongoing commitment to building more
 secure software and just one way the company is continuing to improve the
 security of its software. The Secure Windows Initiative is focused on
 providing Microsoft engineers companywide with ongoing education, tools that
 improve over time, security-focused development processes, and the rigorous
 internal and external testing needed to deliver the high-quality, secure
 software that customers demand.
 
     Security Leadership: Promises Made, Promises Kept
     Building on last year's RSA Conference keynote address, Thompson pointed
 to Microsoft's security vision and the promises made and kept by Microsoft
 last year. At last year's conference, he noted, Microsoft outlined a security
 vision and commitment to delivering secure products, customer service and
 industry leadership on all fronts. Thompson singled out Windows 2000, the most
 secure operating system Microsoft has ever shipped, as the first step in a
 year of security milestones for Microsoft. Other milestones included launching
 Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000, expanding security and
 privacy resources for consumers and expanding the industry-leading Microsoft
 Security Response Center. Thompson also announced that Microsoft would
 continue to lead the security charge and build on the success of SafeNet 2000
 by hosting the second annual security and privacy summit this year at the
 company's Silicon Valley campus.
     The RSA Conference, which is expected to attract more than
 10,000 attendees this year, is the industry's premier data security and
 cryptography event. This year's event, described as the largest network
 security exposition in history, includes keynote addresses and technical
 sessions covering a range of issues, from the latest in cutting-edge
 cryptographic research to the most current implementations of enterprise
 security and secure electronic commerce.
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
 
     NOTE:  Microsoft, Windows and Outlook are either registered trademarks or
 trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Microsoft Corp.

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