A few times each year, Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer publish an executive memo. The first memo was Bill's essay on trustworthy computing, in July 2002. Today Bill has a new memo, one that is very important for all of us who strive to achieve a balance between being secure and, well, getting work done.
Some of my favorite points from the memo:
Several times in the memo Bill mentions the importance of policy. Most of you have probably heard me speak of similar ideas. Policy-based security allows us to finally divorce information protection from the mechanism used to transmit that information. This is essential because the ubiquitousness of mobile computing demands it. Regardless of where information is stored, how it is transmitted, policies that apply to the information will move everywhere with it. We will no longer be constrained by the topologies of any particular network, because the network will lose its role in managing access to information and revert to the single thing it does best: move bits around as fast as possible.