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  • Blog Post: March 2009 monthly security bulletins released

    The March 2009 release   has just come out, patch Wednesday downunder, with 3 new security bulletins for newly discovered vulnerabilities, 1 of which has a maximum severity of "Critical" because of the possibility of Remote Code Execution - MS09-006 - Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Seminar '06

    See you in Auckland on Friday, I will be co-presenting in the Keynote at the start of the day, with demos on Windows Vista security, Network Access Protection in "Longhorn Server" and also a quick look at whats new in ISA 2006 http://www.microsoft.com/nz/events/security/default.mspx Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Advisory – Rise in SQL Injection Attacks

    What is the purpose of this alert? This alert is to notify you that Microsoft has released Security Advisory 954462 – Rise in SQL Injection Attacks Exploiting Unverified User Data Input - on 24 June 2008. Summary Microsoft is aware of a recent escalation in a class of attacks targeting Web sites...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Essentials available FREE to Small Businesses Starting in October!

    Beginning in early October, Microsoft will offer small business customers the opportunity to install Microsoft Security Essentials on up to 10 PCs in their network for FREE. For more details, check out the following announcement from the Microsoft Partner SMB Community Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mssmallbiz...
  • Blog Post: Out of Band Windows Security Patch

    Microsoft released security bulletin MS08-067 late last week. Vulnerability in Server Services Could Allow Remote Code Execution (958644), to address a vulnerability in all currently supported versions of Windows. Please click here for more information. Microsoft recommends that customers apply the update...
  • Blog Post: Windows Defender (Beta 2) is now available for download

    Its available for download now Existing beta1 users should be getting software notification upgrade prompts shortly. Enjoy the fast upgrade experience from Microsoft AntiSpyware beta1, and no reboots required :) Checkout the FAQ http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/about...
  • Blog Post: Exchange news this week (x64 E12, E12 demo & E2003 CC EAL4)

    Some Exchange news this week, reasonably big news! Firstly on Wednesday NZ time at the IT Forum in Spain it was announced that Exchange "12", which should RTM next year will be x64 only. This is significant for Exchange and for the wider market especially the x64 ecosystem - its about time for...
  • Blog Post: MS Security announcements

    10PM Thursday night NZ time, Microsoft made a few announcements around Security Strategy and product roadmaps (particularly interesting is the Microsoft Client Protection announcement, a new security product that protects business desktops, laptops and file servers from emerging threats such as spyware...
  • Blog Post: New NZ bank offering internet banking with two-factor authentication

    Interesting to see a bank in NZ launched a new offering today: Internet Banking services that includes two-factor authentication by default for "free" RaboBank launched RaboPlus in NZ today I think they may be the first in NZ to do this by default without additional charges. Looks like their service...
  • Blog Post: Windows OneCare

    all over the web now http://news.com.com/Security+gripes+Microsoft+feels+your+pain/2100-7355_3-5705430.html?tag=nefd.top http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/13/technology/13soft.html?th=&adxnnl=1&emc=th&adxnnlx=1115983036-pqN6FBHCAUcJT7StfzEJWQ , "A1" goes public http://www.microsoft.com/presspass...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft NZ invites you to a discussion on the future of trustworthy computing.

    The internet of things, big data and virtually limitless inexpensive storage will transform the online environment. Huge volumes of data from new sources such as sensors, biometric devices and smartgrids will create significant opportunities in business, healthcare, government and countless other fields...
  • Blog Post: Watch BillG at the RSA keynote over breakfast tomorrow morning

    6AM tomorrow morning NZ time Add a reminder to your Outlook calendar I'm not a morning person :( but I'll be up (getting picked up from the Hotel at 7AM to go present to infrastructure partners!) This will be an interesting keynote: featuring some great enterprise and consumer security related...
  • Blog Post: new Microsoft software vulnerability whitepapers released at BlackHat

    At the BlackHat security conference this week Microsoft released three new papers about software vulnerabilities: Vulnerability Management at Microsoft whitepaper (July 2010) Vulnerabilities are weaknesses in software that enable an attacker to compromise the integrity, availability, or confidentiality...
  • Blog Post: Need some free Antivirus for home?

    Microsoft just launched Microsoft Security Essentials… Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use...
  • Blog Post: New Zealand free Hands-on-Labs: Microsoft Forefront and System Centre

    In conjunction with Auldhouse New Zealand , Microsoft is offering the following FREE * one day Hands-On-Labs featuring Microsoft Forefront and Microsoft Systems Centre management tools. There are a handful of places available in the following Hands-On-Labs in Wellington and Auckland: Microsoft Forefront...