“Security Bulletins for the regular IT guy” Podcast – 03/10/2009

“Security Bulletins for the regular IT guy” Podcast – 03/10/2009

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Three guys got together over pints a while ago and talked about how one of the issues facing Technical Professionals today is keeping their systems patched and up to date.  This issue was brought to the forefront at a User Group meeting we were attending (Ottawa Windows Server User Group) where we were holding an “Ask the Microsoft Guy” panel discussion.

Over pints at D’Arcy McGee’s, we decided we would try to help solve the issue of information overload and put together a timely podcast to go live each “update Tuesday”.

Goals:

  1. Use plain English terms and every day language that any Technical professional can understand – minimize “corporate speak”.
  2. Breakdown each Security Bulletin with summary information first followed by more details as to the impact an IT Pro would face.
  3. Outline mitigation factors in case patches couldn’t be tested or applied in a timely fashion
  4. Keep it top 15 minutes OR LESS. this one is critical – Keep It Simple, repeatable and get out of the IT Pros way to get on with their day.
  5. Have fun!

Well – here is our first attempt. Have a listen directly from the embedded Silverlight player OR subscribe to the specific feed and download it to your iTunes / Zune software. We’re still working out the kinks and flow – please let us know what you think and if it has been useful for you. Mail me directly with comments – rick.claus@microsoft.com

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Disclaimer: This podcast was produced with the best information available to us at the time of recording. Your primary source for all things Security Bulletin related should always be the Microsoft Security Response Center blog.

Bulletins discussed for March 10th, 2009: MS09-006, MS09-007 and MS09-008.

Podcast Participants: Pierre Roman (IT Pro Advisor / previously a Senior Technical Account Manager), Bruce Cowper (Chief Security Advisor) and myself.

PodSafe music from PodSafe Music Network @ http://music.podshow.com. Artist: Derek K Miller, song - “You’re the Big Sky - rock guitar instrumental”

Rick
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  • PingBack from http://www.iowatechblog.com/?p=112

  • This month there were 3 security bulletins released and 1 re-released: Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary

  • One of the pieces of feedback I have been given for a while is that despite the changes we have made

  • Great work on the podcast guys!!!

    I love it =)

  • One of the harder things to pick out of the 'deep technical information' offered for patches is 'how can this affect my situation, how important is it in relation to my current network configuration, etc.'

    If your network is relatively secure, firewall in place, all other patches up to date on servers and desktops, and users running as user not admin on their desktops, maybe it would be nice to know that you are probably secured for now, get the desktops done as soon as reasonably possible, and do the servers on the weekend.

    So while your attempt to minimise the techspeak is appreciated - reduce it down some more.

    Thanks

  • Great comments guys - I'm taking all of these as well as the half dozen or so emails we got to heart and will be working on making an even more "down to earth" update on "update tuesday".

    Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment here on the blog.

    Rick

  • Do you go to User Group event? Have you gone out for pints afterwards? Did you know some of the best

  • Do you go to User Group event? Have you gone out for pints afterwards? Did you know some of the best

  • On February 19, 2009 there was a user group meeting held by the OWSUG in downtown Ottawa.  The meeting

  • On February 19, 2009 there was a user group meeting held by the OWSUG in downtown Ottawa.  The meeting

  • One of the harder things to pick out of the 'deep technical information' offered for patches is 'how can this affect my situation, how important is it in relation to my current network configuration, etc.