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Written by Daniel   
Monday, 02 April 2007 08:49

The feds weigh in on Windows security
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: April 2, 2007, 4:00 AM PDT
 

Will the White House make a difference in computer security?

The President's Office of Management and Budget recently sent out a directive to federal chief information officers to secure their Windows PCs. In what some said could have ripple effects well beyond Washington, the White House sent out a memorandum on March 22 that instructed all federal agencies (PDF) to adopt standard security configurations for Windows XP and Windows Vista by February 1



"If the government states that it is only going to buy systems that are more secure, that sends a terrific signal," said Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance, a group that represents large corporate technology users. "It is a significant step. All the technology providers will now have to adapt their products to meet those standards."
Under the directive, technology providers who want to sell to the government will have to certify that their products work with specially-configured systems...  More

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