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Microsoft Announces MAPP Security Program

Microsoft has announced a new programme designed to allow software makers and security experts to work together to locate and fix vulnerabilities before they can be exploited.

The company launched its Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) at the Black Hat Security Conference in Las Vegas. Partners in MAPP will work together to find fixes for vulnerabilities that pose a threat to user security.

Microsoft said there was a great need for software companies, developers and security experts to work together in order to combat the exploitation of vulnerabilities by hackers.

Microsoft said that once a security patch for a vulnerability has been released, MAPP partners would continue to work together to contain the situation.

The company also announced plans to shift from the "responsible disclosure" of vulnerabilities to "coordinated vulnerability disclosure", under which companies and security experts will work together to find a patch for vulnerabilities before they are discovered by cyber criminals.

Among the first companies to announce its participation in MAPP was software developer Adobe Systems, which said the programme would help to provide extended protection to its users.