San Francisco: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates addressed thousands of computer security specialists gathered at a San Francisco conference, calling for a “powerful paradigm” to thwart online crime.
Speaking to an annual gathering of 15,000 computer security experts, Gates said: “People want more flexibility and anywhere access with multiple devices.”
“We need a far more powerful paradigm to handle this.”
Gates and Microsoft “security guru” Craig Mundie backed a common standard for computer security technology and agreed that the traditional practice of “building walls and moats” to fortify networks needed to evolve.
Mundie and Gates vowed that the world’s largest software company would work with others in the industry to advance “trustworthy computing” that enabled people to use devices without fear of data being compromised.
“Everywhere you go on the Web there are issues about trust,” Gates said on 6 February.
“Security is the fundamental challenge that will determine whether we can successfully create a new generation of connected experiences that enable people to have anywhere access to communications, content and information.”
The Microsoft executives announced the upcoming availability of Identity Lifecycle Manager (ILM) 2007 and a test version of a security console for business computers.
They endorsed using computer code “certificates” instead of user-remembered passwords as identification online.
“Passwords are not only weak, they have a huge problem,” Gates said, lamenting that people often pick easy to deduce passwords and resort to using one password for multiple purposes.