Roger's Security Blog

As Chief Security Advisor of Microsoft EMEA - lets share interesting security information

April, 2009

  • Update on Conficker Variants

    Over the last few day we have seen a lot of coverage about new Conficker variants. Let me give you a very brief update. But before I start, let me make sure that we are clear on one thing. In the area of security, we often see coverage about somebody...
  • Security Intelligence Report: “Scareware” on the Raise

    You know that we release our Security Intelligence Report twice an year: Today Version 6 is due. Let me try to give you an overview of the “highlights” of the report from my point of view: As I wrote in the title and as I blogged about this summer ( ...
  • Bill would give Obama power to shut down Internet, networks during cyber attacks

    Interesting: Bill would give Obama power to shut down Internet, networks during cyber attacks Roger
  • The Impact of the Downturn on Security

    This is a question I often get asked: What is the impact of the economic downturn on security? I am convinced that three things will happen: Cybercrime will grow Security budgets will shrink – it is just open whether the budgets will shrink at the same...
  • The Impact of the Downturn (part 2)

    Just a brief one: I wrote an article for Infosecurity which was just published in the latest version covering the economic downturn as well. It is called Time to Step Up and can be found on page 45 of the latest edition . Roger
  • 9 Cameroonians Arrested for Fraud

    Since quite a while, when I am talking to government officials (and the private sector) I am asking for new ways of collaboration between Law Enforcement and the industry in order to fight cybercrime. We are already seeing big progress when it comes to...
  • Security Updates on Automatic Update

    I basically like the blogosphere. It is a way to express an opinion without having to worry (too much) about censorship. The disadvantage is that there are people who present things as “facts”, which are simply wrong. This happened Thursday on ZDNet....
  • The Potential of Misinformation on the Web

    I am blogging, I am on Twitter , I have a Facebook-Account and many others. I am not always completely clear what the real business model and value of all the tools are but basically there is a lot of fun in it. Additionally information flows much faster...
  • Why you should not use P2P Windows 7 Builds

    This is not about piracy and not about leaks and not about… I am waiting for the new RC build as you are. I am running an intermediate build between Beta and RC and would love to upgrade all my machines (including my MediaCenter) to RC. However, I refrain...
  • How much does a lost Laptop cost?

    I stumbled upon this study today commissioned by Intel and executed by Ponemon. They key findings were: The average value of a lost laptop is $49,246. This value is based on seven cost components: replacement cost, detection, forensics, data breach, lost...
  • 2007 Microsoft Office Suite – Service Pack 2 released

    Just a quick one. We released SP2 for Office 2007. You can download it here . Roger
  • Schedule update on Forefront

    You know that I am a big fan of what we are going to deliver with our Forefront Suite in the next version code-named Stirling. You probably heard me talking about compliance (where, from a technical perspective Forefront can play an integral part) and...
  • Conficker – Are you infected?

    I just found this pretty clever website which bases its statement with regards to your possible Conficker infection on the information whether you are able to access certain websites: http://www.joestewart.org/cfeyechart.html Pretty clever Roger
  • Finjan reports world's largest Botnet

    I guess you have read it in the meantime: There are a lot of reports out there, that Finjan found a Botnet affecting 1.9 Million computers. This is really bad – obviously. The press now started to cover this and I think we are already losing a little...
  • RSA Keynote by Scott Charney, VP Trustworthy Computing

    Scott held a keynote during RSA this week. Here you find the webcast (it is about 30 minutes) – definitely worth looking at: http://media.omediaweb.com/rsa2009/webcast_exclusive.htm?id=1_4 Roger
  • The Carbon Footprint of Spam

    McAfee just published an interesting report as they are taking a different approach on Spam. They were looking at the environmental impact of Spam. So, how much energy do we have to invest in order to fight spam? These are the key findings from their...