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April 2003

Examining Windows Server 2003 operating system security

Microsoft hasn't had a lot to show for its Trustworthy Computing initiative. Since launching the campaign to "get secure, stay secure" more than a year ago, the software giant has spent tens of millions of dollars cleaning up the security of its operating systems and applications. What it has lacked is a centerpiece to show off the fruits of its labor. That changes this month with the release of Windows Server 2003 (Win2003), the successor to Windows 2000. Microsoft has devoted the bulk of its security effort toward making Win2003 "secure by design, secure by default, secure in deployment"--the three "Ds" of Trustworthy Computing. And it has had good reason to devote so much time, money and resources on securing Win2003. If Microsoft is to erase years of public perception that it's apathetic toward security, and that its products are inherently insecure, the company has to score big with its new OS. Microsoft is downplaying the importance of Win2003's security improvements, but the user community is looking to see if Win2003 ...

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