Microsoft Praises FTC Web Site on Information Security

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 26, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today praised the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for launching a new Web site on information security. The Web site, , will help educate consumers on important steps they should take to help safeguard their personal information online.

Microsoft applauded the role Commissioner Orson Swindle played in this effort and as head of the U.S. delegation to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Experts Group, which recently revised international guidelines for securing information systems and networks.

“As we work toward improving international standards for cybersecurity, we must make sure that Americans are taking every precaution to help safeguard their personal information,”
said Craig Mundie, chief technical officer at Microsoft.
“The FTC’s Web site will be an important source of trusted information for consumers.”

Microsoft has worked closely with the FTC in the agency’s cybersecurity efforts. Scott Charney, Microsoft’s chief security strategist, spoke this spring at an FTC cybersecurity workshop that led to the creation of the information security Web site. Microsoft also provided guidance to the FTC on content for the site. Beginning today, visitors to Microsoft’s Web site will be able to link to the new FTC site from .

Microsoft is also working with industry leaders and governments around the world to identify security threats to computer networks and share best practices. Microsoft’s senior leadership contributes its expertise to national policymaking on cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection. The company also works on an operational level in assisting government agencies to help prevent and investigate cyberattacks.

This work builds on Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing initiative, spearheaded by Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates. This ongoing, companywide initiative seeks to build a computing environment for customers that is as reliable as the electricity that powers homes and businesses today. The initiative has four pillars: reliability, security, privacy and business integrity.

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