Microsoft has launched some new features in its Excel spreadsheet software that will boost its power. But will that only be for the benefit of users?
- Calculate math operations, like whether a number is prime.
- Bring information from the web, like a bank account balance.
- Stream live data, like a stock price.
Hmm… Yes, well, I can think of a few more examples that maliciously-minded developers might be keen to try out.
But hey, nothing bad could come of this, surely!
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Any readers know if Microsoft will have a group policy to disable the feature?
This new inherent risk is just piling on at this point. Many organizations don't even have a way to keep an up-to-date inventory of financially-significant and operationally-significant spreadsheets, much less protect them from accidental or malicious alterations. As the 'killer app', the spreadsheet in used nearly everywhere to support decisions and feed financial systems, yet remains a weak link in data protection.
PEM – is spot on with his comment.