February, 2005

  • Securi-tini anyone?

    Securi-tini anyone? We had a great time last night at a party Microsoft hosted. It was at the Foreign Cinema, which is an awesome restaurant with enormous white walls everywhere that they play movies on. People mingled, eating fantastic food and drinking the occasional “Securi-tini” or “Harvey Firewall-banger” and movies played on the walls all around us. It was funny to see entire conversations stop as people suddenly watched the bridge shootout sequence from Brian DePalma’s “The...
  • The MSRC heads back to Redmond

    The MSRC heads back to Redmond In addition to spending time with customers and partners at RSA -- as well as some eager, repeat "Wheel" fans -- we had the opportunity to spend a couple of evenings with some of the journalists who cover security issues. This was a particularly valuable opportunity for the team to build relationships with security reporters and to share insights with them into what we do. In our world, press coverage is one of the most efficient and broad-reaching...
  • MSRC Customer Survey: Win an Xbox game!

    MSRC Customer Survey: Win an Xbox game! Wow, what an exciting day yesterday at RSA! Bill Gates actually talked about the Microsoft Security Response Center within the very opening of his keynote address! Bill also outlined Microsoft’s three key focus areas for security, which are technology innovation, guidance and industry leadership. What we do in the MSRC falls squarely within the prescriptive guidance area. Bill talked about the improvements we’ve made to provide deep guidance...
  • Welcome to the MSRC at RSA

    Welcome to the MSRC at RSA Thanks for checking out the Microsoft Security Response Center blog from RSA. While it's not quite RSA yet, we wanted to take the opportunity to welcome you all and give you a little insight into what you can expect to see on the MSRC blog as we head into RSA. First, we'd like to take this opportunity to introduce the members of the MSRC that will be heading down to RSA this year and who will be contributing to this blog: Debby Fry Wilson , Director...
  • A Post-RSA Nap

    A Post-RSA Nap By now it's no secret that this year we decided to use RSA to help people understand a little more about the MSRC, who we are, what we do, and especially why we do it. The answer to that last, by the way, is a combination of "we are committed to doing our best to help our customers understand and react to security threats" and of course because "we love it". If you are a researcher supplying us with vulnerability information, I hope that you got a chance to meet with...
  • Trends, or lack thereof...

    Trends, or lack thereof... Sometimes you can pick up a common theme when you go to an industry show. You find that lots of vendors are talking about topic X or half of the talks seem to mention topic Y. I still haven’t found that common theme though at this event. Looking at the session guide, you can find sessions on everything from IM to PKI configuration, to virus research, to the legal aspects of security. There is even an entire track that talks primarily about how to think about...
  • Alive and kicking at the end of Day 2!

    Alive and kicking at the end of Day 2! It's almost 6:30 and while the MSRC "Wheel of Fortune" has finally stopped spinning my head has not. I cannot get over how many people are here, and how many stop and discuss Microsoft's security efforts (I am sure it has nothing to do with X-Box game giveaways .) A few people have shown surprise at having actual MSRC staff and management here in front of them. They seem to enjoy discussing their thoughts on security as much as we are enjoying...
  • MSRC "Wheel of Fortune"

    MSRC "Wheel of Fortune" We've had another really busy day on the show floor. We've had a continuous line at our “Wheel of Fortune” as survey participants are eager to spin our wheel and win an Xbox game! The surveys keep coming in and we’re getting a great chance to meet customers and partners. The booth is actually so busy that our entire team is working the show floor just to keep up with all the traffic. And I’m beginning to feel a little like a Las Vegas pit boss – keeping an...
  • Helping Customers Face to Face

    Helping Customers Face to Face It's hard work to stand the whole day, as anyone who has worked a conference will tell you. But it's really also a lot of fun to hear the stories from our customers (though I do fear I'm going to learn some kind of Pavlovian response to the "click click click" of the MSRC "Wheel of Fortune" in my ear the whole day!). Yesterday I listened to a really painful story that one customer had with a virus infection that he just could not get rid of. The virus...
  • The MSRC "Update Tuesday"; Week Prior to RSA

    The MSRC: "Update Tuesday" Week Prior to RSA Day 2 at RSA has reminded us that we certainly are arriving in San Francisco after a big week in Redmond. Our team, which manages vulnerabilities and releases security updates AND manages security incidents, had an opportunity to exercise all of our expertise last week with the release of 12 security bulletins (8 that were critical). The preparation and management of the 12 bulletins was an enormous task – managing the development and...