Ten Years of Trustworthy Computing

Once upon a time, Microsoft products were notorious for their security issues. Then, ten years ago yesterday (January 15, 2002), Bill Gates issued a company-wide memo that set the stage for a new focus on security, which was called the Trustworthy Computing Initiative.

Today, even many of Microsoft’s critics concede that the company has come a long way, with the “security by default” design philosophy that now permeates the development process. In fact, Microsoft is recognized as having gone from being one of the worst companies in security to being one of the best, according to one prominent former critic.

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