Microsoft today called for broad discussions about the safety of the Internet in an initiative it dubbed "End to End Trust" in a white paper released during the RSA Conference that opened today in San Francisco.

In a keynote address at the security conference, Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer at Microsoft, talked up the company's plans. Core to the concept of End to End Trust, said Mundie, is something he called "a trusted stack," where security is housed or rooted in the hardware, but each piece -- the hardware, software, the data, and even the people involved -- can be authenticated if necessary.

The whitepaper “End to End Trust” can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/endtoendtrust

Other interesting topics:
• http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/Microsoft-Calls-for-Initiative-on-Web-Security
• http://www.microsoft.com/security/rsa2008/default.mspx

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