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Apple's Unlikely Security Mentor: Microsoft 204

Posted by Soulskill
from the now-use-head-for-something-other-than-target dept.
snydeq writes "Apple has much to learn about securing an operating system, and it could learn how from Microsoft, Roger Grimes writes in the wake of further evidence that Macs are more vulnerable to attack than Windows machines. 'It's taken Microsoft 10 years to turn security from a weakness into a strength. Apple can use the lessons learned by Microsoft to manage a quick turnaround. Apple has already hired one of Microsoft's former security leaders, Window Snyder, and it has adopted a modified form of Microsoft's Security Development Lifecycle programming practices. Apple has the benefit of seeing how Microsoft fixed its past mistakes.'"
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Apple's Unlikely Security Mentor: Microsoft

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  • Re:At least... (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 12, 2011 @02:38PM (#37071798)

    Well, Microsoft has mostly fixed all security problems. They're mostly either user stupidity or third party programs now, both which would work with all OS. Even, and especially iPhone, as the jailbreaking exploits have known. Apple currently has major security problems that will only grow if their OS gains more market share. Combine this with the fact that Apple has seriously kicked itself in foot when it has marketed their OS as virus-free and as something that can never get viruses. They still continue this practice too - when the last major Mac malware was going around, Apple told its customer service personnel to never aknowledge the problem to a customer.

  • by v1 (525388) on Friday August 12, 2011 @02:40PM (#37071822) Homepage Journal

    It's taken Microsoft 10 years to turn security from a weakness into a strength

    The only thing "strong" about windows security is the botnets that grow to 100,000 computers strong

    Until MS expunges the litany of windows-running botnets from my inbox I'm not buying that BS. If they can take down the botnets, I'll acknowledge they've taken security seriously from a consumer protection standpoint. They can trot around the ring all day long yelling "We're tough on security now!" and I'll sit back with an "I'll believe it when I see some results" attitude. Put up or shut up. Ya I know, fat chance, but that's my opinion on it.

  • Obvious point here (Score:3, Insightful)

    by 1s44c (552956) on Friday August 12, 2011 @03:54PM (#37072948)

    'It's taken Microsoft 10 years to turn security from a weakness into a strength.

    Microsoft security isn't a strength, it's mediocre at best. This statement is just blatantly false.

    Apple have problems but they are fixable because they started with a solid proven design, UNIX. Microsoft never had that advantage.

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