[Talk] Widespread use of MS poses security risk

Con Zymaris conz at cyber.com.au
Thu Sep 25 09:40:33 EST 2003

(perhaps someone should tell the US office of Homeland Security...)


Whatever Microsoft Corp.'s strengths or failings as a developer of
reliable software, the mere existence of an operating-system monopoly is
a critical security risk, argues a new report released Wednesday at a
Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) gathering in
Washington, D.C.

Written by seven IT security researchers, "CyberInsecurity -- The Cost of
Monopoly" calls on governments and businesses to consider in their buying
decisions the dangers of homogenous systems, and to diversify the
software mix deployed in their organizations. It also urges the U.S.  
government to counterbalance Microsoft's user lock-in tactics by forcing
the company to offer multiplatform support for its dominant applications,
including Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office products.

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