Posted by TJ CampanaSenior Program Manager, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit
I recently had the privilege and pleasure of joining author Mark Bowden and New York Times technology reporter John Markoff at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., where we spoke about Mark’s new book, Worm: The First Digital World War. Worm is an account of the Conficker computer worm and the group of security professionals (myself included) who came together to combat the proliferating malware as members of the Conficker Working Group.
The Conficker worm first appeared in 2008 and quickly created one of the largest and fastest-growing botnets in the world. Conficker infects computers through a number of mechanisms, including file sharing and via removable drives.
Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith had the following statement regarding Washington State Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposed budget recommendations:
“We’re pleased that Governor Gregoire has prioritized education in her budget recommendations, given the difficult choices she faced among the many programs funded by the state. As we at Microsoft experience first-hand, education is the foundation for the state’s future economic growth and the ability of companies to create and fill jobs here. It’s important for the state to avoid further reductions in higher education funding, as these inevitably would lead either to a decline in quality or yet more tuition increases for students. It’s similarly important to maintain investments in K-12 education across the state, since additional cuts to the classroom and the school year would have a dramatic and damaging effect on student readiness for the 21st century economy.
Posted by David FinnAssociate General Counsel, Worldwide Anti-Piracy & Anti-Counterfeiting, Microsoft
In addition to undermining the security of businesses around the world, pirated software robs businesses of the ability to compete. That is why we wanted to demonstrate the financial impact software piracy has on companies that use legal software, and why businesses and countries should take note.
Today, as part of Microsoft’s global Play Fair Day, we are examining the financial harm software piracy inflicts on those that “play fair” in developing countries. We’re announcing the results of a study we commissioned that measures the direct financial impact on manufacturing companies who use legal software in Brazil, Russia, India and China, four of the fastest-growing countries in the world.
Posted by Susie AdamsChief Technology Officer, Microsoft Federal
Greater adoption of cloud computing is considered an inevitable trend by regulators and lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle, according to my fellow panelists at Tuesday’s “@Microsoft Conversations on Privacy” at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C.
However, we all agreed that the pace of cloud adoption is largely going to be determined by the speed at which cloud providers, consumers and policymakers can clarify roles and responsibilities when it comes to protecting data held by cloud service providers.
Posted by Bill KamelaSenior Policy Counsel, Microsoft
Today, I was honored to represent Microsoft at the White House as President Barack Obama signed into law a critically important piece of legislation, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Joining the president at the signing ceremony were the First Lady, the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden, along with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, distinguished leaders from veteran serving organizations (VSO’s) and a number of U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This new law will provide our veterans with additional training and employment opportunities as they transition from their military occupations into civilian careers. The passage of this bipartisan legislation is a significant victory for veterans, who too often return home without the support they need for a successful transition into civilian life. We applaud the House and Senate for their unanimous approval of the VOW, which combines components of Senator Patty Murray’s Hiring Heroes Act (S. 951; Report #112-36), and Representative Jeff Miller’s Veterans Opportunity to Work Act (H.R. 2433; Report #112-242).