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  • Blog Post: New pre-release version of the EFS Assistant tool available on Codeplex

    We have migrated development of the EFS Assistant tool to Microsoft's Codeplex site. To celebrate, we have posted a pre-release version of the EFS Assistant on the site. This version incorporates feedback we got from customers and internal reviewers. The EFS Assistant page on Codeplex is here: http...
  • Blog Post: Secure Collaboration: What's it mean to you?

    I'm wrapping up my current project in the next couple of weeks and starting to think about my next project. This next project will focus on "Secure Collaboration". I've got some ideas about what we could do in this area, but the most important thing is to help solve our customers' problem. Therefore...
  • Blog Post: How worried are you about Spyware?

    Everyone seems to be talking about Spyware these days. I’d like to know how big a problem Spyware is for readers of this blog. Is Spyware a top 3 concern of yours?
  • Blog Post: EFS Assistant RC1 is now available!

    The Solution Accelerators for Security and Compliance team has released its first release candidate for the Microsoft Encrypting File System Assistant 1.0 (EFS Assistant). This tool helps centrally control EFS encryption on Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista clients. You can download the Release Candidate...
  • Blog Post: True Information Security?

    I was chatting with my boss the other day, and he mentioned how experts were saying that security has moved to the host. He was referring to the fact that in the past, most security was provided at the network perimeter, using firewalls originally, then moving to intrusion detection and prevention systems...
  • Blog Post: EFS Assistant Updated: RC2 now available on CodePlex

    We have made a few bug fixes to the EFS Assistant tool and its Administrator's Guide. We have posted new versions to our CodePlex site at http://www.codeplex.com/EFSAssistant . Please let me know if you find any bugs or you get any error messages when you run the tool.
  • Blog Post: MSS Team Generates Infoworld Article!

    Members of my team (Microsoft Solutions for Security) presented last week at the RSA Conference, and Infoworld wrote a story on the session . Congratulations Mike and Kurt!
  • Blog Post: My project team releases the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs Executive Overview

    My project team is pleased to announce the release of the Executive Overview for our newest Solution Accelerator, the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs. A free Solution Accelerator from Microsoft, the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs provides tested guidance and powerful tools to help you...
  • Blog Post: Stay up to date with the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs

    If you want to stay up to date with my Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs project, visit https://connect.microsoft.com/InvitationUse.aspx?ProgramID=790&InvitationID=DESA-QYGY-T4HB&SiteID=14 . If you sign up here you will be notified of any significant updates.
  • Blog Post: Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs Security Analysis Beta Released

    The project I am leading to create a Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs has released a beta for one of the documents that is part of the solution. The Security Analysis discusses the risks to data presented by laptop computers, and discusses the various technologies that Microsoft provides for protecting...
  • Blog Post: My Group - Microsoft Solutions for Security

    You may be wondering about the subtitle for this blog: "Life and Security at Microsoft". So far, I've covered a lot of life, but what about security? I have joined a team called "Microsoft Solutions for Security". We are a relatively small but growing group at Microsoft dedicated to providing valuable...
  • Blog Post: Successful side meeting today

    Today I conducted what I would characterize as a very successful side meeting at the Peobody hotel. The side meeting was focused on secure collaboration, and ran about 2 hours. We got about 60% of the RSVPs that attended which seems to be about par for the course. Generally speaking, the things we...
  • Blog Post: New Guidance Released: Server and Domain Isolation Using IPsec and Group Policy

    Microsoft Solutions for Security has released a new guide for using IPsec and group policies to isolate servers and domains on a network. This is really good stuff for those of your that have been told you need to encrypt traffic on the wire and are looking for a way to do so. You can find the guidance...
  • Blog Post: Announcements from the RSA Conference

    Bill Gates made two big announcements at the RSA Conference in San Francisco yesterday. First, Bill announced that the Microsoft AntiSpyware product (formerly Giant AntiSpyware) will be available free of charge to Windows customers. Second, Bill informed the crowd that Microsoft would release a new version...
  • Blog Post: Collaborating Outside the Firewall (Tech Ed Side Meeting)

    I'm now envisioning my next project for the Solution Accelerators for Security and Compliance team. As a bit of background, my team provides prescriptive, tested guidance to help customers solve tricky security problems quickly. My new project is going to focus on collaborating securely outside the firewall...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Security Guide Released!

    My buddies down the hall recently released the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide the other day. This security guide is targeted at the latest Windows Server release (obviously!) and helps you implement the appropriate security settings based on the server's role. You can access the Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Old News: Microsoft Acquires Sybari

    You've probably already read this, but Microsoft recently announced the acquisition of Sybari . This company makes anti-virus and anti-spam products. As of right now, Sybari focuses on AV for email and instant messaging systems; it does not run on desktops or on servers. There's no telling exactly what...
  • Blog Post: Protecting your mobile PCs using BitLocker and EFS - New Guidance Released!

    My team recently released a new guide on Technet focused on protecting data on mobile PCs. The Security Analysis is part of the Microsoft Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs that is being released in phases over the next couple of months. The Security Analysis can be found at http://go.microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: Looking for a few good devs...

    Are you an IT administrator who wants to do some development on the side? Are you a developer who is interested in IT administration? We're looking for you! My team has created a tool called the EFS Assistant and are putting the source code out on CodePlex (see http://www.codeplex.com/EFSAssistant...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft acquires Giant Company

    Wow, I post about Giant AntiSpyware being a good product and Microsoft turns around and buys them two days later! I didn't realize that I was so influential! Here's a link with the announcement: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2004/dec04/12-16GIANTPR.asp
  • Blog Post: Using an F5 Load Balancer as an NLS server for DirectAccess

    I was working on a deployment of DirectAccess for a company and of course how to deploy NLS came up. Obviously it is important that the NLS servers always be available, so the plan was to create two virtual IIS servers and put them behind their internal F5 load balancers. This would allow them to take...
  • Blog Post: Beta Available for the Data Encryption Toolkit including the EFS Assistant

    The Solution Accelerators for Security and Compliance (SA-SC) team is currently developing the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs (DET). The Toolkit is a collection of guidance and tools designed to help you address specific data security risks that are related to laptop computers. By implementing...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs

    I am happy to announce that the we have released the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs. This solution accelerator is designed to help you understand the encryption options that Microsoft provides that can help protect laptop data (BitLocker and Encrypting File System), and then deploy and operate...
  • Blog Post: Help us develop a new Solution Accelerator focused on Secure Collaboration

    Employees need to share documents with individuals from other companies, such as partners and suppliers. These documents often contain sensitive information that needs to be kept safe and secure. Microsoft SharePoint products deliver the document collaboration capabilities, but many IT departments have...
  • Blog Post: Feedback Requested

    There is a debate raging inside Microsoft, and I'd like to get some feedback from our customers. Currently, Microsoft makes a great deal of guidance available to its customers via its web site. Some of this content can be downloaded anonymously, but some of it requires authentication (and therefore registering...