“Microsoft officials have launched a program to create a community of governments at all levels worldwide to share information and conduct joint projects on network and information technology security. The program’s goal is to more effectively handle viruses, worms and other incidents,” Brian Robinson reports for Federal Computer Week.
“‘Security Cooperation Program’ (SCP) members will have immediate access to Microsoft’s incident response center, McKee said. During an incident, they will have real-time contact with Microsoft engineers and incident response engineers,” Robinson reports. “Following an event, a feedback loop will be established to evaluate what happened, how effective the response was and what can be done to make it better the next time, McKee said.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Governments plus Microsoft? Now there’s one nimble and quick moving partnership if there ever was one. Get Apple Macs with Mac OS X and you wouldn’t need to effectively handle viruses and worms – any “other incidents” could mostly be handled by the users themselves. But, then, of course, you wouldn’t be able to waste a bunch of time forming ineffective “communities,” staffing “incident response centers,” God-knows-what-else-horseshit-they’ll-surely-think-up, and how would the money be made if someone instituted a logical (and therefore diametrically opposed to both Microsoft and government) idea like that?
Why doesn’t Microsoft create a “community of programmers” who can build a secure new OS from scratch that doesn’t suck? Why do governments have to help Microsoft simply because they shackled themselves with the wrong choice?
An imaginary routine exchange:
Microsoft’s incident response center: “Hello, Microsoft’s Incident Response Center.”
New Jersey (USA, state, and SCP member): “All of our traffic lights are out statewide and the main computer screen is blue.”
NJ: “What should I do?”
MS: “Have you tried Control-Alt-Delete?”
NJ: “Yeah, nothing happens.”
MS: “Turn off the computer and go find your Windows installation CD. I’ll wait. This is going to take awhile. Hope New Jersey drivers are courteous to each other.”
NJ: “Oh yeah, Seattle-boy, this is a great time for jokes…”