Roger's Security Blog

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

November, 2010

  • New Baselines for the Security Compliance Manager

    There were just new resources released for the Security Compliance Manager: the Windows Server 2008 R2 Security Baseline and the Office 2010 Security Baseline, and setting packs for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8. This packs help you to manage your...
  • Fixing Risk Management

    Since quite a while I am not satisfied with the way we (in the industry) are doing risk management. In my early days, before I was actually entering the security space, I was doing project management and as part of it risk management. The way we did it...
  • The Cloud is Also Green

    Yes, not only gray Seriously, we commissioned a study to see what the impact of cloud computing is not only to efficiency but the the environment. Can you save CO2 by moving to the cloud? I think something, we do not look at often enough. As pictures...
  • Move to latest versions - for security reasons

    We all know that Windows XP is rock-solid but not capable anymore to defend against today’s attacks and the same is true for IE6. Having been great products, when they were launched, the threat landscape changed significantly since then. Windows...
  • Information Security Management System for Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure

    Just a quick one. Our Global Foundation Services organization (the ones who run our datacenters) just published a new whitepaper: Information Security Management System for Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure This paper describes the Information Security Management...
  • Time to sell your iPhone

    I guess you do not know the problem: My kids come home from school and want an iPod – I want them to use a Zune as I am convinced that iTunes is one of the worst software I have ever seen (besides RealPlayer), I hate the lock-in into the store and the...
  • Publishing Secret or Sensitive Information

    With a lot of interest I followed the media on the latest Wikileaks’ publication of sensitive documents from the US Government. At least here in Europe, there is a huge debate whether this publication is really problematic for the United States. A discussion...
  • Hotmail now with full-session SSL

    If you use Hotmail, you should enable full session SSL in my opinion. Additionally we use SSL for additional services like Skydrive etc. However, there are some caveats. Read the blog post on that: Hotmail security improves with full-session HTTPS encryption...
  • Turkey signed Cybercrime Convention

    We are huge supporter of the Convention on Cybercrime by the Council of Europe . The reason for this is that we are convinced that there is a need of a certain level of harmonization across the Globe regarding cybercrime laws. Today I learned, that Turkey...
  • Russia to revise Cybercrime Legislation?

    You know that I am propagating the adoption of cybercrime legislation, which is aligned across the Globe. Something, which is absolutely necessary if we want to fight Cybercrime. Basically we are asking governments to consider the Cybercrime Convention...
  • ISF Congress in Monte Carlo–let’s meet

    I will be at the ISF Congress in Monte Carlo from tomorrow on. If you are there as well and want to meet, drop me a mail It is actually the first event since a long time I am just going to participate, not to hold any speeches Roger
  • The Value of Government Clouds

    We recently released a paper called The Economics of Cloud Computing for the EU Public Sector , which is actually valid for every other European country as well as it is not too narrowly focused on the EU only. Additionally there is a US-version of the...
  • Security Development Lifecycle: Quick References

    A quick one: An interesting download location: With the SDL Quick Security References (QSR), the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) team introduces a series of basic guidance papers designed to address common vulnerabilities from the perspective of...
  • Basic Malware Protection for Free?

    It is kind of strange, whenever I talk to governments and customers, everybody seems to agree that basic malware protection should be for free or even integrated into the OS. I am talking about malware, which is “installed” by the user as well… However...
  • Worldwide Chief Security Advisor Meeting

    I know that I have been very, very quiet over the last two weeks. The reason was, that the worldwide Chief Security Advisors met at our HQ in Redmond for four days to discuss community related questions as well as the future of certain selected products...