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  • Blog Post: Toronto - Importance of Security - Data, Management, Privacy

    Main Discussion Points: Most organizations have policies but how to you ensure they are enforced and not just on paper Important to understand the cost of security and of not being secure/caring about it Physical device security is also important and it is not just about malware Executive...
  • Blog Post: Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy–September 28th - Out Of Band

    Over pints Pierre Roman, Bruce Cowper and Rick Claus decided they would put together a concise and timely podcast each “Update Tuesday”. The object is to keep it simple by letting you know in plain non technical language what the updates are, what they resolve and why you should care. ...
  • Blog Post: Offline Servicing Toolkit v3 Beta!

    During the course of EnergizeIT I got a few questions about how to maintain your library of offline VMs that you have built for your test/lab environment or you have stored for various reasons.  I had mentioned the Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Toolkit and saw today that they kicked off the...
  • Blog Post: Conficker… Threat? Or April’s fool?

    Regardless… Like Murphy said… “He who laughs last probably made a back-up”. In this case “He who laughs last probably applied MS08-067 to all his systems”. I’ve received a lot of questions from enthusiasts & customers about the latest version of Conficker discovered earlier this month, Worm:Win32...
  • Blog Post: Tim Rains (Microsoft) in Calgary and Edmonton Next Week!

    On Tuesday, July 22 nd , Tim Rains (Group Product Manager, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing) will be in Edmonton for an open talk on security and the changes in the threat landscape. What? Open Discussion on Security and Threat Landscape Who? Tim Rains (Group Product Manager, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing...
  • Blog Post: Thinking About Anti-Virus

    The other day this blog entry came through my RSS reader and got me thinking. Security technologist and author Bruce Schneier wrote a post called Is Antivirus Dead? He summarized his post with “Bottom line: antivirus software is neither necessary nor sufficient for security, but it's still a good...
  • Blog Post: The “SQL Guy” Post # 22: Understanding Transparent Data Encryption

    You may have heard about Transparent Data Encryption (TDE), which was introduced in SQL Server 2008. But what does it do, what are its advantages and disadvantages and how can you leverage this technology in SQL Server? Keep reading this tips and tricks article to learn how.   Transparent Data Encryption...
  • Blog Post: “Security Bulletins for the regular IT guy” Podcast – 10/13/2009

    Three guys got together over pints in February 2009 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 up to them at a User Group meeting they were attending ( Ottawa Windows Server User Group ) where we...
  • Blog Post: My Secure Vista Install

    It was about time, I needed to reinstall Vista on my Toshiba M7 now that all the drivers and applets were RTM. In fact they have been for a while now, but I never got around to it until today. In rebuilding this install I decided to go all out on the security front. Part of the reason was to test out...
  • Blog Post: Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy #31, June 2011

    Over pints Pierre Roman, Bruce Cowper and Rick Claus decided they would put together a concise and timely podcast each “Update Tuesday”. The object is to keep it simple by letting you know in plain non technical language what the updates are, what they resolve and why you should care. ...
  • Blog Post: Concerns about Security when considering Cloud technologies

    I’ve been attending CloudCamps that have been hosted in the various TechDays cities ( disclaimer: we sponsor the room and AV – events are completely run by CloudCamp organizers) and a very comment topic / thread comes up on issues of Security wen considering adopting Cloud technologies. Outside of the...
  • Blog Post: “Security Bulletins for the regular IT guy” Podcast – 04/14/2009

    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...
  • Blog Post: Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy – Episode 13 - 3/9/2010

    Over pints Pierre Roman, Bruce Cowper and Rick Claus decided they would put together a concise and timely podcast each “Update Tuesday”. The object is to keep it simple by letting you know in plain non technical language what the updates are, what they resolve and why you should care. Have a listen...
  • Blog Post: IgniteIT Awards Finalist - Outcrypt

    Project: Outcrypt: Email Encryption as an Add-In for Outlook 2003 & 2007   The Challenge Describe the situation, challenge or problem you or your team faced.   Email is not thought of as a secure method of sending confidential information. Servers can be made secure, firewalls can be put...
  • Blog Post: My IT Guy was Hit by a Bus!

    I have known Sharon Bennett for a couple of years now, and enjoy her daily tech tips on Twitter ( @bennettbusiness ).  After reading her tip a few weeks ago I asked her if she would like to elaborate for a blog article, and she readily agreed. Sharon is a dedicated small business IT consultant with...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Security Guide

    Every few years you hear that this version of Windows is "the most secure ever". Now that statement has always been true to the time when it was made, but with Vista things just feel a little more secure. There are a host of new security features in Vista such as Bitlocker, UAC, NAP client, Windows Defender...
  • Blog Post: SecTor 2008

    With all the talk about TechDays going on recently there is another conference coming up shortly.  I attended SecTor 2007 and I`ll admit it was the best con I attended last year and that includes the internal Microsoft ones I was able to attend.  I was pretty happy when they asked me to participate...
  • Blog Post: Vancouver TechFest Videos

    Just catching up on my RSS reading and noticed some videos over on the Canadian Developers blog from the recent Vancouver Techfest. There are some very interesting, short, videos filmed by our own John Bristowe where he interviews a number of smart people including a couple of MVPs. The one that caught...
  • Blog Post: “Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy” Podcast – 12/08/2009

    Three guys got together over pints in February 2009 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 up to them at a User Group meeting they were attending ( Ottawa Windows Server User Group ) where we...
  • Blog Post: Out Of Band Critical Security Release

       What is the purpose of this alert?   This alert is to provide you with an overview of the new security bulletin being released (out-of-band) on January 21, 2010.   New Security Bulletin Microsoft is releasing one new security bulletin (out-of-band) for newly discovered vulnerabilities...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Enhancements For Windows 8.1

    Those of you who were lucky enough to attend TechEd 2013 North America were able to hear first hand how Microsoft is transforming to meet the needs of businesses amidst its own transformation. Microsoft is currently maneuvering itself to better address said needs around BYOD, Mobility Security, and Modern...
  • Blog Post: Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy – Episode 14 – 4/13/2010

    Over pints Pierre Roman, Bruce Cowper and Rick Claus decided they would put together a concise and timely podcast each “Update Tuesday”. The object is to keep it simple by letting you know in plain non technical language what the updates are, what they resolve and why you should care. Have a listen directly...
  • Blog Post: Windows Defender RTM

    As we head into a deluge of product RTMs in the next weeks (no I don't know the date for Vista RTM) I saw that Windows Defender has RTM'd. Windows Defender has been in beta for quite a while now, but testing has been completed and Microsoft's Anti-spyware tool is complete. I have highlighted some of...
  • Blog Post: “Security Bulletins for the regular IT guy” Podcast – 11/10/2009

    Three guys got together over pints in February 2009 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 up to them at a User Group meeting they were attending ( Ottawa Windows Server User Group ) where we...
  • Blog Post: Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy #30, May 2011

    Over pints Pierre Roman, Bruce Cowper and Rick Claus decided they would put together a concise and timely podcast each “Update Tuesday”. The object is to keep it simple by letting you know in plain non technical language what the updates are, what they resolve and why you should care. ...