Microsoft Active Protections Program and Battling Botnets – TwC Interactive Timeline Part 7


Continuing the Interactive Timeline series outlining some of the seminal events that have occurred over the last ten years, this post looks at more of the key events that shaped Microsoft’s Security Strategy.

Microsoft Active Protections Program

imageIn August 2008, Microsoft introduced the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) to help protect computer users from criminals attempting to exploit software vulnerabilities. MAPP members comprise more than 80 security software providers worldwide who receive early access to security vulnerability information before the Microsoft security update is released.

Battling Botnets

imageIn 2010, Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), in conjunction with law enforcement agencies and other organizations, began taking legal action to disrupt the operation of criminal botnets in several locations around the world. The takedown of these botnets reduced junk mail across the Internet significantly.


Resources and links

o BlueHat Prize

o BlueHat

o Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP)

o Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC)

o MSRC 2011 progress report

o Part 1: Growth of Home PC’s and Internet Use Expansion – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 2: Rise of Malicious Software and Increasing Privacy Concerns – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 3: TwC Memo, SDL and XP SP2 – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 4: Software Update Validation Program and Microsoft Malware Protection Center Establishment – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 5: Security Research Community and BlueHat Prize Inception – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 6: Online Safety: “Protect Your PC” and Stop. Think. Connect. – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 8: Proliferation of Devices & Applications and Government & Cybersecurity – TwC Interactive Timeline


You can view the full Interactive Timeline here.