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  • Blog Post: 10 Years of Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft

    Before joining Microsoft a little bit more than 10 years ago, I ran a team at PricewarehoureCoopers on e-Business Risk Management – classical security consulting in the Internet bubble time. When I announced that I will leave PwC and join Microsoft, I got interesting reactions (and remember, this...
  • Blog Post: Cyber Security: The Road Ahead

    This paper by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) was just brought to my attention. A piece of work, which is definitely worth working through. It lays out the problem space and then does a deep dive into the different sections: Governments Legislative Bodies The Armed...
  • Blog Post: How to Build a CERT

    Often, when governments look into Critical Infrastructure Protection, they start to build a CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) or a CSIRT (Computer Security and Incident Response Team). The questions then always comes up: How do you do that? ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency...
  • Blog Post: Stuxnet talks – do we listen?

    Stuxnet is a severe threat – that’s something we know for sure. But if we look at it – what do we really know? What can we learn? Let’s start from the beginning. As soon as Stuxnet hit the news, it was interesting to see, what was happening. There was a ton of speculation out there about the source and...
  • Blog Post: 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 I do not want to comment here, as I am not...
  • Blog Post: Mutual Authentication in Real Life–Launching a Nuclear Missile…

    A few years ago, I wanted to run an exercise with our incident response team in Switzerland. A customer, the government and me came together to develop the goals and the scenario. One of the key question we tried to answer together with the university, which we wanted to use as observers was, whether...
  • Blog Post: Keep all your software updated and current

    I know that I keep going and going on that. When I talk to customers and mainly to providers of the critical infrastructure about security, one of the key things to me is to keep the software updated. It is about patching and it is about staying on the latest version of your software. To me, today Windows...
  • Blog Post: Internet Surprisingly Stable in Japan

    My manager was on the Tokyo airport, when the earthquake started. We had a chat yesterday about this – he is back home in the meantime – and he told me that he was very surprised that, while the phone network broke Internet still worked and he was able to call his wife immediately after the first shock...
  • Blog Post: Council of Europe Octopus Conference- Some Thoughts

    l am still sitting in the parliament room of the Council of Europe at the celebration event for the Budapest Convention. It was another very good event advancing the challenges fighting Cybercrime. Let me try to summarize a few thoughts: The Budapest Convention is probably the best convention out there...
  • Blog Post: Stuxnet: Future of warfare? Or just lax security?

    What is your view?: Stuxnet: Future of warfare? Or just lax security? Roger
  • Blog Post: Cybersecurity–More than a good headline

    A lot of governments all across the globe are working on starting, restarting or pushing their Cybersecurity initiative. What often concerns me is, that the last real headline has more impact on the strategy and the themes to be addressed than a structure or a plan or a strategy. This made us thinking...
  • Blog Post: Targeted Attacks: The Biggest Risk in 2011?

    Since quite a while, I am saying that targeted attacks are the risks, which really keep me up at night. BBC just posted a similar article: Cyber-sabotage and espionage top 2011 security fears I think that this is a real issue and very hard to fight! Roger