I’m not the only person to notice the obvious irony of these two news articles:
- Microsoft chosen as exclusive Homeland Security contractor
- Microsoft admits critical flaw in nearly all Windows software
It’s astonishing how few people remember that just a few months ago Howard Schmidt, the former chief security officer at Microsoft left his position as deputy to Richard Clarke, the guy who ran the cybersecurity initiative in the federal government.
With the position of cybersecurity czar left unfilled, it makes me wonder how such contracts can be awarded. Who is making the decisions? The cynic in me thinks Microsoft bought their way into that contract, but since I have very little choice in the matter I’ll shrug my shoulders and wait for the news reports announcing the Homeland Security computers have been compromised.
Posted by Cameron Barrett at July 17, 2003 02:23 PM