It’s hard to believe that ten years ago today Bill Gates sent out a memo announcing the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Initiative. The goal of this initiative was to ensure that the technology we use every day is as reliable as the electricity that powers your home and business. Around this time there were a series of high profile cyber attacks including Nimda, Code Red and the “I Love You Virus”, that was causing uncertainty amongst customers and consumers with regards to the technology they were using everyday. It underscored a need to improve security, privacy and reliability of technology. Microsoft responded with the Trustworthy Computing Initiative (TwC) and there have been many milestones along the way. The info graphic below illustrates some of this work.
There are a couple of things that stand out for me
It’s a reality now that computing is an integral part of our lives. Bill Gates predicted that in his memo. Now the Trustworthy Computing Initiative will focus on new trends such as Cloud Computing and the proliferation of computing devices. It’s now more important that it was 10 years ago that our systems are secure and probably we be even more so in another 10 years. I guess it’s a never ending process.
Make sure you check out the Trustworthy Computing site for an update on this important work.