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  • Blog Post: Security Compliance Manager Baselines for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2

    I was recently working on a project using Security Compliance Manager (SCM) for Active Directory based on Windows Server 2012 R2. This baseline is not part of SCM v3.0 tool rather you have two options to download them: An easy way is to open the SCM tool and select the option to " Download Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Email Information, Protection, and Control in Exchange 2010

    Protect sensitive information through versatile controls. To help prevent unauthorized and accidental distribution of data, Exchange 2010 can automatically inspect email and apply appropriate controls: For less sensitive communications, automated alerts remind users about potential data risks or policy...
  • Blog Post: October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

    Every October, Microsoft recognizes National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) in the United States through our partnership with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). NCSAM was created to help increase awareness of online safety and security issues, and to help educate people about the best...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Microsoft BitLocker Administration 2.0 Beta

    A few months ago, Erwin started the conversation around what Windows 8 means for businesses at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany , and followed-up later with a post on Windows 8 enterprise edition . Last week, he began talking about the business value of Windows 8 Release Preview and today followed up with...
  • Blog Post: Making the Experience Better Together with Windows 7

    Windows Server 2008 R2 has many features that are designed specifically to work with client computers running Windows 7. Windows 7 is the most current version of the Windows operating system from Microsoft. Read all the security features at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/R2-better-together...
  • Blog Post: Fostering Digital Citizenship

    Digital citizenship is usually defined as the "norms of behavior with regard to technology use." It encompasses digital literacy, ethics, etiquette, online safety, norms, rights, culture and more. Microsoft recognizes that good digital citizenship, when you use computers, gaming consoles, or...
  • Blog Post: PC Security

    Security scanners, tools, and safety guidelines for your PC, laptop, or mobile device. Find them all at http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/default.aspx#Safety-products-and-scans Read my favorites blogs: Designing a backup less Exchange 2010 Architecture Step by step guide for upgrading Active...
  • Blog Post: Security Compliance Manager 2.5 now available for beta download

    For those not familiar with the Security Compliance Manager, SCM is a free tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team that enables you to quickly configure and manage your computers, traditional data center, and private cloud using Group Policy and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager...
  • Blog Post: Safety Scanner

    Do you think your PC has a virus? The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software. Note : The Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after...
  • Blog Post: Trustworthy Computing : 10 years now

    Trustworthy Computing focuses on creating and delivering secure, private, and reliable computing experiences based on sound business practices. Our goal is a safer, more trusted Internet. The security of our customers' computers and networks is a top priority. We are committed to building software and...
  • Blog Post: Fix it Solution Center

    Find automated solutions for your issues. Select a problem and find solution at http://support.microsoft.com/fixit/ Read my favorites blogs: Designing a backup less Exchange 2010 Architecture Step by step guide for upgrading Active Directory from Microsoft Windows 2003 to Microsoft Windows Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: New worm targeting weak passwords on Remote Desktop connections (port 3389)

    We've had reports of a new worm in the wild and that generates increased RDP traffic for our users on port 3389. Although the overall numbers of computers reporting detections are low in comparison to more established malware families, the traffic it generates is noticeable. The worm is detected as Worm...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Safety Scanner

    Do you think your PC has a virus? The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software. Note: The Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after...
  • Blog Post: What does digital citizenship mean to you?

    Digital citizenship is usually defined as the "norms of behavior with regard to technology use." It encompasses digital literacy, ethics, etiquette, online safety, norms, rights, culture and more. Microsoft recognizes that good digital citizenship, when you use computers, gaming consoles, or...
  • Blog Post: ESE Access to Exchange: Spamcops!

    It’s not easy being a spam cop. But the folks on the Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) team love it! Their passion for being investigators and transport experts has translated into measurable impacts to help safeguard customers’ inbound, outbound and internal business mail from spam, viruses...
  • Blog Post: August 2011 Security Bulletin Release Video Webcast

    On demand video of the August 2011 Security Bulletin Release Webcast can be found at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/august-2011-security-bulletin-release-webcast Read my favorites blogs: Designing a backup less Exchange 2010 Architecture Step by step guide for upgrading Active Directory from...
  • Blog Post: Released: Update Rollups for Exchange 2007 & Exchange 2010 and Security Updates for Exchange 2013

    Yesterday, Exchange Servicing released several updates for the Exchange product line to the Download Center: Update Rollup 11 for Exchange Server 2007 SP3 Update Rollup 7 for Exchange Server 2010 SP2 Update Rollup 2 for Exchange Server 2010 SP3 Exchange Server 2013 RTM CU1 MSRC Security bulletin MS13...
  • Blog Post: Find your lost or stolen Windows Phone

    You probably already know how to help keep your personal information safe on the Internet . But what about everything that’s stored on your smart phone ? If your Windows Phone is stolen or if you lose it, you can make your phone ring, you can lock it, erase the contents, or show your phone on a map from...
  • Blog Post: Security Intelligence Report

    The Security Intelligence Report ( SIR ) is an investigation of the current threat landscape. It analyzes exploits , vulnerabilities , and malware based on data from over 600 million systems worldwide, internet services, and three Microsoft Security Centers . The most current edition, volume 9 ( SIR...
  • Blog Post: Released: Update Rollup 1 for Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2

    The Exchange CXP team released Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2010 SP2 to the Download Center. This update contains a number of customer-reported and internally found issues since the release of SP2. See KB 2645995 : Description of Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2' for more...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft security updates for February 2011

    As part of Microsoft's routine, monthly security update cycle, we released 12 new security updates on February 8, 2011. Get the details and download at http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/bulletins/201102.aspx?WT.mc_id=soc-n-sa- loc -services-omers
  • Blog Post: Privacy in the Cloud: Office 365

    Read about Microsoft’s practical approach to safeguarding information in the cloud, and discover the benefits that have resulted for Office 365 customers. Office 365 delivers the power of cloud productivity to businesses of all sizes, helping them to save time and money and free up valued resources. ...
  • Blog Post: Released: Update Rollup 6 for Exchange 2007 Service Pack 3

    This update contains a number of customer-reported and internally found issues since the release of RU5. See KB 2608656 : Description of Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3' for more details. We would like to specifically call out the following fixes which are included in this release...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Video: Microsoft Private Cloud Security Overview

    In this video, Nick Torkington, Security Architect with Microsoft Services, answers the most common security concerns CxOs and other business decision-makers have when evaluating the Microsoft platform to build a private Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud. In this video, you will learn about: Building...