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Bill Gates, Craig Mundie: RSA Conference 2007 Keynote Transcript and Webcast

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  • Transcript of keynote remarks by Bill Gates, Chairman, and Craig Mundie, Chief Research & Strategy Officer, Microsoft Corporation
    “The Imperative to Connect: Advancing Trust in Computing”
    RSA Conference 2007
    Moscone Center
    San Francisco, Calif.
    February 6, 2007

ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Craig Mundie, and Microsoft Chairman, Bill Gates. (Applause.)

BILL GATES: Well, good morning. It’s exciting to be back here, and get a chance to talk about security and where we are. It’s a very fitting time to do this. We’ve reached a couple of interesting milestones recently. It’s literally five years since I first sent around to all of Microsoft a memo about Trustworthy Computing and how we needed to make that our top priority, and really make some big advances there.

It’s also just last week that we launched [Windows] Vista. That’s a big milestone for us in terms of security, because we had a chance to apply our development process, our secure design lifecycle process to that product, and so it’s a platform that not only has advances in security, it’s a platform with a lot of rich capabilities that people can build on top of.

So, a lot of progress. Craig Mundie is here with me. He was the one who motivated me to send that memo around. In fact, it was five years ago when he keynoted RSA, and Craig is going to be taking over full responsibility for all the security things we do. So we thought it would be fun for he and I just to talk about some of the needs that are out there, particularly the evolving needs, and some of the advances that are going to fulfill those needs, particularly with some industry standards and cooperation that will make that possible.

So, Craig, give us an update. How do you feel that the industry is doing on Trustworthy Computing?

CRAIG MUNDIE: Well, we’ve made some progress, and clearly the industry has made a lot of progress, too. As you said, I mean, it’s actually more than six years ago that you and I first started talking about the issues that we face. And interestingly, this was at a time where we were talking about the ILoveYou virus and things like that. They were really fairly mundane in comparison to the kind of threats that we all face today.

We have focused a lot of energy on this question of Trustworthy Computing. Back when Bill wrote that memo, and I was here the last time to talk about it, we decided that there were really several elements to Trustworthy Computing. One, of course, was security, and it’s what we’ll focus mostly on today. But in part the reason that we created it was at the same time we recognized that we were also having a lot of tension at the time around privacy. This was before 9/11 to some extent when we first started thinking about it. The world was tilted a lot more toward the privacy issues at that time. And then the combination of the events we see in the network and the events we see in the society at large made security come back into the front of the picture.

But going forward, we found we really needed to find a way to work through all these issues and create a system that was reliable, maintained people’s privacy with respect to the data, and security as a key aspect of both those parts.

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