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Domino vs. MS in the security arena

We are contemplating developing a large financial services workflow application in Domino on the Web. The issue of viruses and hackers is foremost in our customers minds. Is there any objective data on the relative security of Domino as opposed to say Microsoft, or other solutions?
There is no hard and fast data on this. Here is my take: Domino is more secure for two reasons.
  1. It has better design than Microsoft products. Domino was set up with high security years before MS hopped on the security bandwagon.
  2. MS products are popular targets for hackers, while Domino is less popular. It is more likely that hackers will find a flaw in MS products, because they spend more time looking for these flaws.
Most important though (for either platform) is using the existing features correctly. Domino applications are not secure by default. (Neither are Microsoft's.) You have to understand the security mechanisms and use them correctly. Let me know if you want more help with this.

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