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  • Blog Post: Off to Buenos Aires!

    It's a bad thing when the first thing you think of when you're flying through the Andes is that movie Alive! about the soccer team. (I hope I brought along enough Clif bars to nourish the survivors in a "worst case scenario"). ...but I digress. It's like really early in the morning (woke up at 4:00 AM...
  • Blog Post: Busy Busy Buenos Aires

    Hello Microsoft Argentina! I arrived in country at about Noon and had a meeting at 1:00 PM. I'm here working with Pablo Anslemo and his security team. Pable only has me for 1.5 days, so he's doing a great job in getting me in front of as many customers as possible. I met with the Buenos Aires CSO Council...
  • 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: The Security Show: Episode Two – Stopping James Bond (Part II)

    In this part, we get some good advice from the FBI on how to have that talk with your executives who like to travel out of the country and don’t really understand the risk that they assume when they carry that laptop, cell phone, or other electronic device with them. Good stuff!
  • Blog Post: Forensic Resources...and Travel

    I just wanted to post quickly the resources from our SEC312: Implementing the Fundamental Computer Investigation Guide for Windows from Tech-Ed 2007. Those of you who attended.....THANK YOU! I know a lot of speakers don't listen, heed, or are truly grateful for the feedback you submit...but I truly am...
  • 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: 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: Dixie

    So many of you who have actually met me, or seen me speak, know that while I don't have any children....but I do have yellow lab pup named Dixie. Now Dixie is just about 14 months old, and as you can guess, is extremely energetic.. She's also pretty darn smart. She habitually will come over to my desk...
  • 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: It's like having a GSOC of your very own: The Global Real Time Incident Map

    Got too much time on your hands? Feel a need to monitor the entire world for security incidents? Then check this out. I just heard about this and wanted to get it posted, so you guys can see what's not making the evening news. It's a pretty cool website that is updated in almost real time, and is pretty...
  • 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: Batten Down the Hatches Texas!

    Well, I’ve been pretty much just keeping only a cursory interest in Hurricane Ike once my family on the East Coast was going to be safe. Now I have to pay attention again. A friend of mine sent me this today, which means my flight on Saturday will either be arriving early or departing really really late...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Australia and TechEd New Zealand 2007: Mission Complete!!

    Well, I'm sitting in the (very nice) Qantas Business Class Lounge here at the Auckland Airport, and I'm happy to report that the two events that were delivered in Australia and New Zealand were a huge success! Both events were sold out, and I can see why. The sessions were really well done and provided...
  • 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: Live from Santiago, Chile

    "Buenos dias! Me llamo Senor Axford. ¿Habla usted inglés?" So far, this seems to sum up my travel adventure to Santiago, Chile (as well as the extent of my Spanish language skills). As many of you know, this is pretty much what I do: Fly to faraway places, talk to execs and IT Pros about information...
  • 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...