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Gates promises better security

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said in an e-mail Thursday that the software giant has taken great strides to secure its products, but acknowledged that the company still has far to go to achieve its goal of "Trustworthy Computing."

The e-mail message to Microsoft's customers is the latest monthly missive sent by the company's executives as part of a customer-relations drive known as Executive Emails. Coming a year after Gates exhorted company employees to focus on security, privacy and reliability, the memo predictably focuses on the results of that initiative.

"While we've accomplished a lot in the past year, there is still more to do--at Microsoft and across our industry," Gates wrote in the email message citing data from the Computer Security Institute and the FBI that estimated the damage from cyberattacks in 2001 at $455 million.

Two large incidents--the Code Red and Nimda worms--were a wake-up call for the software giant in 2001 and directly led to Gates' call to arms for the company.

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News source: C|Net

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