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  • Blog Post: Forefront Security 3 day Technical Bootcamp

    Can you tell I'm going through my training emails at the moment? :-) Next up is the 3 day technical bootcamp for Forefront Security! Here's the scoop With Microsoft’s best-in-class Forefront Security products, you’re in control of the new customer opportunities awaiting you. During this course, you’ll...
  • Blog Post: The £980,000 Laptop

    Nationwide is the UK's largest building society and last year one of its employees had a laptop stolen from his home. They reported the laptop stolen to Nationwide and then went on holiday. 3 weeks later he told them that the laptop had contained customer information and it was at this point Nationwide...
  • Blog Post: Make your apps work with Windows Vista Security

    I got some questions the other day from a Partner who wanted to find out more about making their application work with the new security model in Windows Vista. I pointed them to the following valuable resources which are great for making stuff work with Vista: Microsoft Standard User Analyzer Windows...
  • Blog Post: The Kernal's secret recipe

    Ever wondered what a Kernal is and why its so critical to the operating system? Scott Field who is an architect on the Windows Kernal Security has written an excellent post which puts it all in plain English - a challenging task in itself!! He talks about the kernal itself and how Windows protects...
  • Blog Post: Help create a solution to protect data on laptops

    Found this on Microsoft Connect today, might be of interest to some IT admins focussing on security Help us create a solution to protect confidential data on laptop computers! We Need Your Help! The Microsoft Solutions for Security and Compliance (MSSC) team is kicking off a new project focused on helping...
  • Blog Post: How to spot a spoofed website

    You know those emails you get from banks asking you to visit their website to confirm your details? Those are phishing emails - one half of the ploy to alleviate you of your identity. The second half of the ploy which comes in the form of a spoof website, and once you click on a link within a phishing...
  • Blog Post: Perspective on EC vs Microsoft

    I've held back from posting about the recent buzz around a statement made by the EC regarding the security features in Windows Vista. So no ranting here - although I might want to - just a link to an article on FT.com. This article is simply a letter from a businessman in Germany which has an interesting...
  • Blog Post: Stop hackers from getting on your Wireless network

    In the UK we have this scheme called Get Safe Online that encourages people to take care of their security and privacy on the internet.  Microsoft is one of the founding partners and some of the features in Windows Vista like Network Awareness goes along way to making it simple for users to make...
  • Blog Post: Vista UAC helps to stop rootkits

    An interesting article in TechWorld last week about how UAC - which is the Marmite of Vista features (you either love it or you hate it) - is very effective for stopping rootkits (bad bad things) from installing on your PC.  It even beats some of the other products out there on the market that are...
  • Blog Post: Forefront Edge and System Center VPC for download

    Matt passed this link on to me today and thought it might be useful to help understand and demonstrate the capabilities in our Edge security offering.  In particular Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) which provides secure access to company applications and resources wherever you are connected...
  • Blog Post: Jim Allchin talks Vista Security

    After taking some flak from other security vendors on the security features in upcoming Windows Vista Jim Allchin has written an open letter to customers addressing some of the points that the competition has raised. I'll start by quoting his conclusion, which gives a good take on our attitude to customer...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Security Guide

    The Windows Server 2008 Security Guide is now out - essential reading this.  Go download. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc264463.aspx
  • Blog Post: Network Security/(Cisco+Microsoft) = Safer customers

    Well something like that anyway. Security is a battle that has to be fought on many fronts, and it's good to see collaboration between companies that will benefit customers and end users. That's why I was pleased to pick up on the following article that talks about the work being done between Cisco and...
  • Blog Post: Vista Hacked

    Following on from Matt's post about Microsoft's involvement at the Black Hat Security conference, I was interested to read elsewhere that while we were touting the security of Vista, in another room someone else was explaining how they exploited a vulnerability in the operating system and was able to...
  • Blog Post: Video demo of NAP + Forefront

    Spotted this little gem on the Enterprise Networking Group at Microsoft which shows off the combined power of Windows Server 2008's NAP (Network Access Protection) and Forefront Client Security - very nice!  Get more details here: http://blogs.technet.com/nap/archive/2008/02/22/exclusive-nap-forefront...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Security Guide

    The Vista Security Guide has gone through a beta programme and taken on plenty of feedback from you guys and now has been released. The purpose of the guide is to provide IT Pros with best practices and tools that help harden their Vista deployments against real world threats. The intention is to help...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live OneCare UK public beta

    OneCare is our new anti-virus offering which aims to hit a sweet spot between the more pricey end of the market (Norton, McAfee etc) and those which offer it free - but maybe without the reliability, support or extensive virus definition list. The application itself slots nicely into Security Center...
  • Blog Post: Share UK Passport data via RFID

    Worrying security developments with UK passports. They should have bitlockered them ;-) "UK security experts have cracked the sooper sekure new UK biometric passports. It took 48 hours. With £174 worth of sniffer hardware, attackers can read all the personal information off of any of the three million...
  • Blog Post: Forefront Security Overview Video

    I heard about this new product a little while back and didn't really where it fitted in with all the other security stuff we're coming out with these days. This video which is available via the UK partner site helped me understand how it works and why it's an important part of your security toolkit as...
  • Blog Post: Swiss Cheese vs Oracle

    "Oracle is years behind Microsoft and other companies on security," said Cesar Cerrudo, CEO at information security services company Argeniss in Argentina. "I think Oracle is an amateur when it comes to security right now." Oracle patched 101 security flaws this quarter - which is more holes than the...
  • Blog Post: Focus on your business, not IT Security

    The Smart Business Newsletter is full of useful tidbits this month!  I've been having internal conversations with people at Microsoft arguing that small businesses can have mature IT practices and fit on the IO model - in addition to using Small Business Server or Essential Business Server, here...
  • Blog Post: Security Center in Vista can be disabled

    We released some code on Monday that will allow Vista's Security Center to be disabled and be replaced by third party security management control panels. It's what Symantec and McAfee have been asking for. All's fair in love and war, especially when you are trying to do the right thing for the customer...
  • Blog Post: Flash 9 Update - nice job Adobe

    The IE Blog has been congratulating the Adobe Flash team for shipping a model implementation of an IE Plugin that works with IE Protected mode. Nice to see early adoption to help keep users safe whilst they are online. "As most of you already know, on Windows Vista, IE7 includes a special feature called...
  • Blog Post: prepareforwindowsvista.com

    The Windows Vista Demo for IT Pros will help you understand the features and functionality that will make a real difference when it comes to running you and your customer's businesses. These are broken down into four main areas: Optimising Destop Infrastructure Security & Compliance Find and Use...
  • Blog Post: Download IE7 Today

    IE7 is now available for download on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. It's a big jump from IE6 with security, usability, standardisation and RSS integration all being focus areas for improvements. Of course, if you're using Vista you'll already be taking advantage of IE7 but for those of you who want...