Adobe and Microsoft Security Pairing Detailed
Article by George Norman
On 19 Jun 2009
It is official: Adobe is not only mimicking Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday program as we’ve previously reported, the California-based company that specializes in creating multimedia and creativity software products is actively collaborating with Microsoft in an effort to provide enhanced security to the end user. According to Security Program Manager with the Security Development Lifecycle Team, Jeremy Dallman, and Group Program Manager with Adobe’s Secure Software Engineering Team, David Lenoe, the two companies decided to combine their efforts and address security issues collaboratively years ago. So it is not something new, it is just something we just now find out about.

“A couple of years ago, Microsoft and Adobe made a decision to work together on security rather than address our similar security goals within the vacuum of each company. Our security teams have since been working closely together with the clear goal of protecting our mutual customers. This collaborative relationship enables faster implementations of security protection through the lifecycle processes both companies offer and allows us to share best practices learned over the years. In turn, each company learns about new ways to apply their respective lifecycle plan, thereby helping to provide our customers with a more secure computing environment,” explained the two.

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The Adobe-Microsoft security pairing has helped the two companies achieve the following:
- Implement proactive engineering protections: work together o as to address compatibility issues and enable protections for Microsoft’s and Adobe’s products.
- Encourage consistent security updating: spread the word to mutual customers that it is very important to install security updates for Microsoft and Adobe products (as well as other 3rd party software applications).
- Adopt security tools: the security tools released by one company can be used by the other to test the software for vulnerabilities.
- Share response information: closely collaborate to identify security trends and swiftly address vulnerabilities when they come to light.

“We consider the collaboration between Microsoft and Adobe to be a great success for both companies,” added Jeremy Dallman and David Leone. “We look forward to continuing to work together and discovering new and better ways that we can protect both Microsoft and Adobe customers in the future.”



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