Forwarded from: Jei <jeiat_private> Sounds to me like we need a law that empowers the consumers to demand their money back if the products prove to be faulty. But didn't the US lawmakers just make a law that empowers the software makers to enforce whatever licences they like? => Software quality will not only get worse, but it will be impossible to publicly state that it sucks. Publishing security holes will also likely be equal to legal suicide. The only thing we'll get is a public mirage of better security and functionality, while in reality things will actually be a lot worse. Oh well. ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 00:38:49 -0600 (CST) From: InfoSec News <isnat_private> To: isnat_private Subject: [ISN] Air Force seeks better security from Microsoft Forwarded from: William Knowles <wkat_private> http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/tech/2002/03/11/gilligan.htm 03/10/2002 - Updated 11:19 PM ET By Byron Acohido, USA TODAY SEATTLE - A top U.S. Air Force official has warned Microsoft to dramatically improve the security of its software or risk losing the Air Force as a customer. In an interview, Air Force chief information officer John Gilligan revealed he has met with senior Microsoft executives to tell them the Air Force is "raising the bar on our level of expectation" for secure software. Since being named Air Force CIO in November, Gilligan, who controls a $6 billion-a-year technology budget, also has met with executives from Cisco Systems and delivered a similar message at a handful of industry forums. "We just can't afford the exposures, and so those who give us better solutions, that's where we're going to put our business," Gilligan says. Gilligan, former Energy Department CIO, has discussed security most often with executives at Microsoft. "They are the biggest supplier to the Air Force, and my attempt has been to encourage them to set an example," he says. [...] - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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