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Microsoft launches security shootout

This is a unique initiative to reward secure code writing by Indian developers.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 18:18 IST

Microsoft India on Tuesday announced a unique initiative called Security Shootout aimed at promoting secure code writing amongst Indian developers.

The initiative is aimed at the 650,000 strong developer community in India and would test their skills at writing secure code by pitting them against the best in the country.

Security Shootout is part of Microsoft’s ongoing security mobilization efforts, under which it works closely with partners and customers to promote software security. Through this initiative, Microsoft is also making an extensive collection of security resources available to developers, such as webcasts, blogs, articles, white papers and books. The developer with the best secure coding skills will be given a customized Scorpio Passion.

Participants in this initiative can also win over 7500 prizes, which include Toshiba Tecra M4 laptops for the runner ups and other prizes like Pocket PC’s and 80GB USB 2.0 powered external hard disk drives. Also, the top 500 participants will get security certification vouchers, which will help them hone their code development skills over a long term. For further details and registration, developers need to log onto before April 19, 2006.

Commenting on the contest, Sanjiv Mathur, Director – Customer and Partner Experience (CPE), Microsoft India, said, "According to Gartner research, 70 per cent of all enterprise security vulnerabilities are at the software applications stage. Further, according to research conducted by Microsoft, 64 per cent of in-house enterprise software developers agree that they lack the confidence to write secure applications. Based on these facts, it is evident that there is an urgent need to train developers on how to write secure code."

The Microsoft Security Shootout comprises three online rounds. In the first and second round, participants will need to answer 30 questions. From the first round the top 1000 will move to the next stage, from which only 100 participants will be selected to battle in the final round. The finalists will then be given an application with vulnerabilities built in – the finalists will have to identify and neutralize these.

First Published: Apr 04, 2006 18:18 IST