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    Last week I had the honor of attending the 20th Annual Crimes Against Children conference, hosted by the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center and the Dallas Police Department . It is billed as “ Providing Professionals the Instruction, Information and Strategies They Need to Protect Child Victims and Prosecute...
  • Blog Post: 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 has transformed the way many of us live today...
  • Blog Post: Matt Hester Joins the Cleveland Browns

    As many of you know, I'm a fanatical NFL Green Bay Packers fan. My friend, former teammate, and Ohio native, Matt Hester , has spent the time building a relationship with the IT Department of his favorite team, the Cleveland Browns. Matt finally sat down with Gordon Foust , IT Director for the Browns...
  • Blog Post: Partner Love

    Today I'm in Denver speaking at the 2007 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. The topic? A little thing I put together entitled "Bad Things Do Happen to Good People: Adding a Security Offering to your Partner Business". Here's the jist of the session: Trusted Advisor - Being a security professional...
  • Blog Post: 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's my turn! They have some awesome speakers here...
  • Blog Post: Not your Mama's Webcasts: Kai does the Defense in Depth Webcast Series

    Hopefully you were able to join me for a terrific two weeks of webcasts!! In 8 sessions we covered every layer of the security model known as "defense in depth". For those of you who missed out on the great fun we had, here's a way to go and check out the recordings. I did the best that I could to ensure...
  • Blog Post: Teacher Appreciation Day - October 5th 2007

    Friday is Teacher Appreciation Day . I'm not usually one for things like this....but let me tell you this is something I can cheer about! Think about it, someone, somewhere along the line took the time to teach you something you know now. While you figured that you'd never use it again (hello algebra...
  • Blog Post: 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? In a nutshell......traveling like you would never...
  • Blog Post: Part Three of Four as We Chat About Physical Security

    UPDATE : I got your emails about there being a problem with this Silverlight video (thanks Doug!), so I re-rendered and have re-posted the video. Nothing stinks worse than having the movie go out in mid-series! OH YES! I actually had the privilege yesterday of getting an hour long Capabilities Tour of...
  • Blog Post: 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 I subscribe ( CSO Magazine , Security Management...
  • Blog Post: The Security Show: Episode 3 “Gates, Guards and Guns”

    More of my sitdown with Johnny Walker who helps run our Microsoft Global Security Operations Center. When we talk about physical security, as IT Pros, we’re typically talking about securing the datacenters and the boxes themselves. Johnny also has to consider things like Loss Prevention, Executive Protection...
  • Blog Post: Happy and Secure New Year!

    I have returned! As many of you are aware, I travel extensively for my job and I was literally on the road for almost 10 straight weeks the latter part of 2007. Los Angeles. New York. Buenos Aires (x2). London. Redmond. Mexico City. Washington D.C. Toronto. I was more than excited to get to my vacation...
  • Blog Post: The Security Show: Episode Two – Stopping James Bond (Part I)

    I got it to work! I had some issues with the video playback in Silverlight after it came out of post-production in Sony Vegas. I really wish there was an easy way for Expressions Encoder to sort of “save your profile” so you wouldn’t have to go and tweak settings each and every time. Pretty much a hassle...
  • Blog Post: The Security Show: Episode Two – Stopping James Bond (Part III)

    I hope this is waking some folks up with regards to the huge issue that insider threat poses within your own company. We discuss some of the common characteristics that these people show and how we identify them. What are some of the triggers that make these folks turn against you? What are the warning...
  • Blog Post: The Security Show: Episode Two – Stopping James Bond (Part IV)

    This is the last of Episode Two and I hope everyone has been enjoying this interesting session with the FBI. In this final session, we wrapup and get a few comments from the audience. Good stuff.   Next time, I’ll be posting Episode 3 titled “Gate, Guards, and Guns” where we’ll spend some time talking...
  • Blog Post: 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 both Special Agent in Charge Casey and by Sen. Kay...
  • Blog Post: Apologies to Partners

    It has recently come to my attention that some of the partners who attended my session at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Denver, Colorado last Tuesday were less than pleased with one of the slides I selected in my presentation entitled: Adding a Security Offering to Your Business . I wanted to sincerely...
  • Blog Post: 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).....was. Still trying to work out exactly why...
  • Blog Post: You got to love convergence! The Security Show: Episode 3 – Gates, Guards, and Guns

    In Episode 3 of the popular Security Show, we sit down with Johnny Walker who is a Group Program Manager with Microsoft Global Security Operations Center (GSOC). We’ve done a podcast on TechNet Radio with Johnny in the past, but this time we get into a little more detail as he explains the methods by...
  • Blog Post: The Last Episode on Physical Security!

    This wraps up the 4-part series where I discuss physical security at Microsoft with one of the guys who keeps you safe when you visit Redmond or any other of the many Microsoft campuses around the world. Thanks Johnny for making us all feel safe when we step onto the campus and thanks for sharing your...
  • Blog Post: 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 keynote in a "fireside chat" format with...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Australia: Welcome to the Gold Coast, mate!

    Well, I guess I must have done okay last year because I got invited back to TechEd Australia 2007 . Either that or they just needed someone with an accent. I started this blog last year when on this trip, so it's been almost a full year since I first met many of you. Here's to our 1-Year Online Anniversary...
  • Blog Post: 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 the session I did with the FBI that we had to turn...
  • Blog Post: 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 up the video from the Day 2 episode, where we sat...
  • Blog Post: 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, even when I'm traveling.....) and then headed down...