Gates, delivering a keynote address to officially open RSA Conference 2006 in
To that end, Gates said IT pros must use simplified security management, software designers must agree on APIs in order to write less code and end users must utilize integrated security software.
Not surprisingly, the Redmond, Wash.-based computing giant soon plans to become a larger part of the security market with its new OneCare system, set to hit the markets in June for $49.95. The product promises to offer multi-level protection, including a two-way firewall, anti-virus and spyware solutions, and general PC maintenance and file back-ups.
Through demonstrations performed by Microsoft workers, Gates highlighted the need for high-assurance website certificates, in addition to smart cards to authenticate user identity.
"Password systems really won't cut it," Gates told a standing-room only crowd inside the San Jose Civic Auditorium. "(Firms) need to move to multi-factor authentication, and a lot of that will be smart cards."
Attendees also got a peak at Windows Vista's security features, the new operating system expected to soon be released.