Re: [ISN] Security exec picked for board

From: InfoSec News (isnat_private)
Date: Fri Jan 04 2002 - 03:10:41 PST

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    Forwarded from: Jay D. Dyson <jdysonat_private>
    On Thu, 3 Jan 2002, InfoSec News wrote:
    > Howard Schmidt, Microsoft Corp.'s chief information security officer, is
    > in line to be vice chairman of the federal Critical Infrastructure
    > Protection Board. 
    	This does not bode well for the United States if the "security" we
    get is of the same caliber that we've seen via Microsoft these past years.
    	Without fail, Microsoft has consistently been vulnerable not only
    to remote attacks, but remote attacks so bloody *TRIVIAL* that they
    readily lend themselves to automated, full-blown worms for services
    ranging from IIS to Outlook. 
    > President Bush announced Dec. 21 his intention to nominate Schmidt to
    > the board, which Bush created to coordinate the protection of the
    > government's and the private sector's critical cyber assets. 
    	I got twenty bucks right here that says that the first thing that
    Schmidt will push is Microsoft's idiotic party line that demonizes both
    Full Disclosure and Open Source, preferring instead a mandate of closed
    source stupidity in which information on attack methodologies are kept to 
    an exclusive cabal that doesn't always have our best interests at heart.
    	In short, we are not just doomed, we're as good as dead.
    - -Jay
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