During the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas this week, Microsoft plans to provide a progress report on the security initiatives that it launched last summer, as well as release new security tools to better equip IT professionals and security researchers.
"There's a race between attackers and defenders and if we want to win, we have to share information, said Mike Reavey, director of the Microsoft Security Response Center.
One way the software maker plans to do this is by releasing the Microsoft Office Visualization Tool, a utility which provides a graphical overview of the Office binary file format. According to Microsoft, the software will make it easier for programmers to understand how attacks target Office files, noting that most malware attacks application vulnerabilities and not the OS itself.
"In order to build protections, you have to understand how a specific file format is meant to be used, so then you can understand how it's being misused," Reavey added.
During the conference, Microsoft also plans to release Project Quant, an online information resource designed to provide organizations with a framework for evaluating the cost of patch management processes. In addition, the company also plans to release the Microsoft Security Update Guide, a publication that explains the entire Microsoft update process, and a publish a report titled, "Building a Safer, More Trusted Internet Through Information Sharing."