You know how every once in a while you get thrown a curveball? Well, almost nine years ago a real big one came my way. In January 2003 I was responsible for global customers doing business in North America. SQL Slammer was at its height and IT managers were urgently reviewing their policies to better manage assets and ensure correct configurations were in place against known attack vectors.
The difficulties customers faced during those days stayed with me. When I joined Trustworthy Computing (TwC) in 2004 I was able to apply that experience in a group dedicated to improving security, privacy and reliability for our customers.
This month marks the 10year anniversary of TwC. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved and of the many innovations that have become accepted as industry best practices. But it would be wrong to congratulate ourselves on a job well done; while we’ve come a long way and others have too, there is still a lot on the road ahead.
When I look around in 2012, I see a Microsoft with security running through its veins. It truly is in our DNA. Let me explain this further by pointing to five things we do every day:
- We engineer our products and services to be more secure, private and reliable right from the design phase;
- We help keep our customers protected by updating our products and services to address emerging threats and vulnerability discoveries;
- We research and investigate new and emerging threats and attack techniques;
- We make products and services that help our customers protect themselves and their data, and
- We work with law enforcement to address cybercrime at the grassroots level
10 years ago, when Bill Gates announced Trustworthy Computing with an email to Microsoft employees, he outlined three core areas of focus – security, privacy and reliability. Now, as TwC enters its second decade, they are just as important. With the rise of cloud computing, the evolving role of government and emerging cyber threats, we will continue to build on our decade of experience to break new ground and help people realise the full potential of the cloud.