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Sunday, July 17, 2005

Microsoft Plans Security Alliance

Microsoft is pilot-testing a security alliance program for partners and will require industry-standard security certifications going forward.  Informally dubbed the Partner Security Support Alliance, the program is targeted at OEMs and partners that have earned Microsoft’s security solutions competency and is designed to cut customer support costs and improve partner responsiveness to potential threats, said sources familiar with the plans.

Microsoft is keeping details under wraps until the program is finalized, yet executives say it is planning to require partners to gain industry-standard certifications such as one from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium.

“Becoming a Gold partner and qualifying for the security competency have done a lot, but Microsoft certifications are not enough and we will be adding industry-respected certification,” said Mike Nash, corporate vice president of the Security Business and Technology Unit at Microsoft, Redmond, Wash.;jsessionid=Q20WOK44VGIHOQSNDBNSKH0CJUMEKJVN?articleID=165702774

Posted on 07/17