Microsoft Offers Customers and Partners an Edge in Online Security With New Information-Sharing Programs

2008-08-05 08:00:00

Microsoft Offers Customers and Partners an Edge in Online Security With New Information-Sharing Programs

    Programs provide additional guidance, can shorten response times and

          increase industry collaboration against online threats.



    LAS VEGAS, Aug. 5 /EMWNews/ -- At the Black Hat USA 2008

conference today, Microsoft Corp. introduced security-related programs that

share early information with partners to help them protect customers

quickly and effectively. The new programs also provide additional

information and guidance to help customers evaluate risks and prioritize

the deployment of Microsoft security updates.



    



    Along with the predictability of Microsoft's monthly security update

process is the emergence of an undesirable cycle - the release of exploit

code, related to those updates, sometimes within hours of release.

Understanding this changing threat environment, Microsoft will offer the

Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP), which gives security software

providers advance information about vulnerabilities addressed by Microsoft

security updates. This will allow security software providers to offer

protections to customers quickly and effectively.



    In addition, as part of the company's ongoing effort to improve its

guidance for customers, Microsoft announced its new Exploitability Index.

Developed based on customer feedback, the Exploitability Index will provide

customers with guidance on the likelihood of functional exploits being

developed for vulnerabilities addressed by Microsoft security updates. This

additional information helps customers better assess their unique risks and

better prioritize deployment of the monthly security update. The

Exploitability Index will be included as part of Microsoft's monthly

security bulletin release.



    "The introduction of these new programs helps address evolving online

threats and provides more practical guidance to assess and manage risk,"

said Andrew Cushman, director of security response and outreach at

Microsoft. "In the race between exploit and protection, Microsoft is

committed to shifting the advantage to the security industry. The Microsoft

Active Protections Program gives security software providers the

information and resources they need to help better protect customers."



    By investing in technology innovations, industry partnerships and

customer guidance, Microsoft continues to seek ways to put organizations in

control of their computing environments and help address online security.



    "As security threats become more sophisticated, the global security

community must combine its resources and work together to provide maximum

security protections to worldwide Internet users," said George

Stathakopoulos, general manager of security engineering and communications

at Microsoft. "No one organization can counter online attacks alone.

Therefore, we must use the combined strength of the industry, partners,

customers and public organizations to build a more secure environment for

everyone."



    Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in

software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize

their full potential.





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