Security Minded - from Kai the Security Guy

Some thoughts on security (and other stuff) from a Microsoft security professional

Security Minded - from Kai the Security Guy

  • Favre Watch 2008 Continues…

    Okay….what the heck is going on???!!! I apparently wasn’t paying enough attention to this whole thing. It was my understanding that Brett Favre asked for reinstatement, the Packers offered him options to tryout, he refused and then he wanted his release...
  • The FBI Celebrates it’s 100th Anniversary!

    I had the distinct honor this week, of attending the Bureau’s 100th Anniversary celebration event here at the Dallas FBI Field Office . (I’m the one that’s not blurry in the picture on the left) The event itself was very well done and the speeches by...
  • Back from vacation!

    Sorry for the long delay, but I’ve been on vacation and my wife is pretty adamant about me not checking email, posting blog entries, etc. I don’t think I need a break, but apparently I was wrong, so I took about 8 days of vacation. Of course, there are...
  • Meet The Feds: Part 3…..Understanding the Coming Threats

    This is the last 10 minutes of Day 1 at TechEd 2008 for Agent Lynd and I. In this wrapup, Agent Lynd covers some of the trends in the security landscape and some of the things that IT Pros need to be to be watching for going forward. Next time I’ll load...
  • Meet The Feds: Part 2

    We start off this episode with Agent Lynd explaining to us the danger of botnets and who these bot pimps are targeting. We see that some of these bad guys are using these “zombie networks” to commit extortion (or face the wrath of my botnet doing a DDoS...
  • World of Warcraft players targeted for malware (and the new Blizzard MultiFactor Authentication Solution)

    There is a term that I hear quite often from my contacts in the law enforcement community, when it comes to cybercrime: “ Follow the money .” Well, apparently that term is also being used by the bad guys, and in this case it’s “ Follow the gold pieces...
  • Why We (and you) Will Miss BillG

    This week marks the last week of work in the IT field for visionary and founder, Bill Gates. I’m sure many of you are reading stories all over the Internet about Bill, I thought I’d share a story about Bill as well. I joined Microsoft because I was a...
  • The Security Guy Blog Adds Video!!

    This is something that I’ve been attempting to do for quite awhile, but as you can imagine, traveling every week precludes a lot of testing. Now that I’ve got a few weeks to play with this stuff, do expense reports, and remember where my house is….I’m...
  • Microsoft to the Compliancy Rescue!

    One of the things I do at every CSO Council, is to ask the security executives what their Top 3 issues are. (We learned a long time ago that you can't ask execs to nail it down to a single issue!) These are the top concerns they have around information...
  • Books of the Month Club....I read a lot

    When I'm sitting on a plane and they tell me to "turn off anything with an on/off power button"...it hurts. So then I pull out a book and read. As much as I fly, I read a lot. Often I'm catching up on one the many, many trade magazines to which...
  • Rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated...

    Well, I know it's been awhile....but I'm back. Several of you were kind enough to send me gentle reminders that I have been neglecting my blog, and were worried that I may indeed have dropped off the face of the Earth. Not so. Where Have You Been, Kai...
  • Is Kai Axford Speaking at TechEd 2008?

    The short answer is YES! However, I'm not going to be confined to a single breakout room like I was last year. (ESPNism: " You cannot stop him, you can only hope to contain him .") If you remember, we had such a huge amount of folks wanting to get into...
  • RSA 2008 - Day Last: Underground Online Crime

    Well, I'm sorry for the delay in posting, but I didn't get home until after 10:30PM on Friday night, but American Airlines did get me home and given the issues with the MD-80s recently, I'm just happy to have made it. Even got bumped to First Class which...
  • RSA 2008 - Day 3: Breakfast with the MSAT and Cruising the Expo

    Who Doesn't Like Breakfast? Sort of a slow day here at RSA today. My guess is that all those parties sort of took their toll on the majority of the attendees. I got up early to catch up on some schoolwork (yes....the quest for the elusive MBA continues...
  • RSA 2008 - Day 2: Windows vs. Linux, PLUS Insider Threat Experts, and The Parties

    Day 2. I'm a but wore out since I was up into the wee hours trying to get my new video blogging mess figured out. The process that I thought would be (encoding and uploading).....wasn't. But the part that I thought would be easy (quality of the HD stream...
  • RSA 2008 - Day 1: Craig Mundie and Omarosa

    New Direction I got up nice and early and managed to drag myself over to the convention, to be sure I wouldn't miss Craig Mundie's keynote where he announced the new End-to-End Trust vision we've been hearing about internally for a few weeks. Craig delivered...
  • The End to End Trust Vision: Microsoft's Framing of the Discussion and Call for Dialog Around Security

    You've been sitting around asking yourself, " Okay okay...I heard Bill Gates announce the whole 'trustworthy computing' concept back in 2002... What's next Microsoft? How do we solve the future security problems as an industry?" As you know, the Internet...
  • Where's Kai? RSA Conference 2008!!

    Well...if you're an IT Security Professional, you owe it to yourself to make the journey to the annual RSA Conference at least once in your life. It's the world's biggest security conference and many a great new announcement is made here. This year, it...
  • Secure Code through the Eyes of an IT Pro

    I'm not Michael Howard . My software development background consisted of struggling through my two C++ classes in my undergraduate MIS program. Sure, I managed to convince my professors that I knew what a virtual function was and how it all worked, but...
  • KAIAX_TEST

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  • Pimp my Ride...or Inbox: Check out Xobni

    Bill Gates referred to them as the “the next generation of social networking” and touted them as a great plugin for Microsoft Outlook. If you're into plugins and tweaks, this is a really sweet little deal. In case you're wondering where Xobni got their...
  • Anna Bot

    At Microsoft, we have a team of both internal and external vendors who spend their entire lives creating presentations for speakers like me. While the material is not always perfect, it is often a huge time saver. Unfortunately the material is not always...
  • Book of the Month Club: Influence: Science and Practice, by Robert Cialdini

    I've been meaning to get back to the Book O' The Month club idea for awhile. My buddy Matt started the idea, and I'm glomming on, since I think it's a good one. Mitnick Recommended The book I just finished is entitled " Influence: Science and Practice...
  • The End of an Era: Brett Favre to Retire

    Stunned. Shocked. I can't believe that the heart of my beloved Green Bay Packers is hanging up the cleats . Regardless, I completely respect and understand Brett's decision to retire. He holds all those NFL records, 3 MVPs, and a Super Bowl title. All...
  • Why Windows Vista is Better than Your O/S

    Today is a big day for Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing team! It's the release of the Windows Vista One Year Vulnerability Report composed by my good friend and teammate, Jeff Jones . First let me just put to rest any kind " of course it's favorable...