On Wednesday, the Bush administration is scheduled to publish its proposal to increase the security of the Internet. Properly titled the "National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace".
But, according to people familiar with the draft report, it pays scant attention to Microsoft, which has been responsible for more online security woes than any other company in history.
Any serious look at Internet security has to start with the world's largest software company.
A research firm, estimated early this year that the cost for four Windows-based infections--Nimda, Code Red, SirCam, and Love Bug--was perhaps $13 billion. And Microsoft IIS servers are typically defaced at perhaps four times the rate of servers running open-source Apache software.
Could the explanation be an unusually close relationship between Microsoft and the White House ?
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