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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: 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 huge fan of their products, even back to when I was...
  • Blog Post: 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...it's written by Microsoft " kinda stuff that I know...
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    That's not a question. It's a statement. If you've ever spoken to me, or visited this blog previously, you know I'm about one of the most fanatic Green Bay Packers fans around. I don't have a single Brett Favre jersey.....I have three. I don't have a picture of a the Packers in my office......I have...
  • Blog Post: Dripping Data: Understanding and Reducing Insider Threat (Part V)

    I've done a lot of work in the past few weeks trying to get you to truly understand the person we've dubbed "The Insider". We've discussed who they are, and why they do what they do. Today I'm going to be looking at exactly what it is these insiders are trying to take. What are the targets? Intellectual...
  • Blog Post: Dripping Data: Understanding and Reducing Insider Threat (Part VI) - Social Engineering

    If you've been with us the past few months, we've been talking about the who and why of economic espionage/insider threat. Starting today....we're about to make all you wannabe James Bonds out there understand the how. A New Degree in Engineering Still one of the hottest attacks around is one that you...
  • 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: Hello Baby!

    Frantic in Dallas I’m back…after a long absence. The last 3 months or so have been crazy in my life. After my trip to London and Edinburgh in mid-September, I returned home patiently awaiting the delivery of our son in late-October. We went to the doctor on Monday, September 29th and the sonogram looked...
  • Blog Post: Book of the Month Club: Influence: Science and Practice, by Robert Cialdini

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  • 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: A New Life of 150 inches: How Long 'til Keith Combs Has One?

    A good buddy of mine and fellow Texan runs this little 'ol blog, which is one of the Top 5 blogs hosted on TechNet. His name is Keith Combs and he, like his blahg , is a pretty amazing technical guru. When it came time to research the laptop I'm carrying now, I searched out Mr. Combs and asked him for...
  • 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: Dripping Data: Understanding and Reducing Insider Threat (Part VIII) - Phone Home + The Power of the PMP!

    " Hey IT Guy , c heck out my cool phone! I can use it as a modem for my laptop! " Ever heard that from one of those end users? I'm sure you have. Sounds much better than " Check out my cool wireless bridge I've been using to exfil sensitive data out of our company! " No matter if you've got the latest...
  • Blog Post: It Was A Good Run....

    Well....as you can imagine it has taken me some time to get over the fact that my beloved Green Bay Packers football season has come to an end. I appreciate all the emails, text messages, and phone calls concerning my well being. Contrary to many reports, I was not on "suicide watch" but it was not a...
  • 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: Green Bay Packers Headed to NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field!!!

    'nuff said....life is good. (Yes, the first 4 minutes of the game I was ready to jump off the roof, but I tried to exhibit a bit of patience and it paid off.) This morning as I was checking the local morning news online...I saw this comment on a blog: "Dear Jessica, Thank You. Love, Curly Lambeau" Weather...
  • Blog Post: 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 about a bunch of things I wanted to blog about in...
  • Blog Post: Death Star Threat Modeling (Part III)

    Good stuff! Last and final part!
  • 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...