Neil MacDonald

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Neil MacDonald
VP & Gartner Fellow
15 years at Gartner
25 years IT industry

Neil MacDonald is a vice president, distinguished analyst and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research. Mr. MacDonald is a member of Gartner's information security and privacy research team, focusing on operating system and application-level security strategies. Specific research areas include Windows security…Read Full Bio

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Microsoft’s MIX Conference: Secure Development

by Neil MacDonald  |  March 26, 2010  |  1 Comment

Microsoft recently held its 2010 MIX conference for web developers in the US. As expected, there was a significant focus on Silverlight, the Windows Phone platform and IE9. An unexpected and welcome surprise was the number of sessions designed to get developers thinking about security and privacy in their applications.

Check this out (the sessions are online and available at no cost):

Storm Clouds: What to Consider About Privacy Before Writing a Line of Code

and this one:

The HaaHa Show: Microsoft ASP.NET MVC Security with Haack and Hanselman

This is the way it should be. Sure, have a bunch of sessions on the whiz-bang latest things that developers can do, but set aside a number of sessions to remind them that security and privacy are important considerations as well.

The ultimate responsibility for writing secure applications belongs in the development organization and in the hands of individual developers, not in information security.

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