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October, 2011

  • Weekly Roundup : Oct 28, 2011 : National Security Agency Helping Private Sector

    Trending Security News Governments around the world highlight the need for stronger cybersecurity as the Washington Post reports: Janet Napolitano: Hackers have ‘come close’ to major cyberattack . The New York Times carried the story Virus Infects Computers in Japan’s Parliament . The consequences of such government breaches were underscored by an InformationWeek story reporting that Hackers Likely Have Japanese Warplane, Nuclear Data . Meanwhile, Threat Post reported Biggest...
  • Weekly Roundup : Oct 21, 2011 : The Duqu Mystery - Son of Stuxnet?

    Trending Security News This past week saw the return of Stuxnet code in the form of a new intelligence gathering malware attack called Duqu. Network World ran a FAQ on Son of Stuxnet story describing what Duqu is and how it works while Dark Reading ran a story titled Waiting For 'Son Of Stuxnet' To Attack that cross compares Stuxnet with Duqu and raises questions about the roles and interdependencies of the two threats. MSNBC ran a story about the possible origins of Stuxnet and Duqu. Stuxnet...
  • Weekly Roundup : Oct 14, 2011 : Hide Your Children, It’s a Zero Day!

    Trending Security News This week included the release of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) volume 11, which included some focused research to put “zero-day” exploits in context.  Dark Reading captured the essence of the research with the headline New Microsoft Data Puts Zero-Day Threat Into Perspective , while The Register provided the bottom-line messaging that Crims prefer old exploits: Microsoft .  I’ve got to say that my favorite headline from the SIRv11 coverage came...
  • Business Round Table on Cybersecurity

    This week Business Roundtable (BRT) released its report Mission Critical: A Public-Private Strategy for Effective Cyber Security . Microsoft is an active participant in BRT and we believe this report includes key insights that can help inform and advance cybersecurity discussions that are currently happening in the U.S. and around the world. As an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies, the Business Roundtable’s focus on cyber security demonstrates both leadership...
  • Latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Now Available

    Today we released a large body of new data and analysis on the threat landscape in volume 11 of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIRv11) . This volume of the SIR is the largest and most in-depth report on threats that we have ever developed. SIRv11 is ~800 pages of threat intelligence that includes: New industry vulnerability disclosure trends and analysis New data and analysis of global vulnerability exploit activity Latest trends and analysis on global malware and potentially unwanted...
  • Weekly Roundup : OCT 7, 2011 : Farewell to Steve Jobs, Innovative Genius

    Trending Security News The big news in the computer industry this week—and the big news far beyond our industry—was the passing of the innovative genius Steve Jobs. The New York Times story Apple’s Visionary Redefined Digital Age highlights Steve’s personal and professional journey while Ted shares the compelling commencement speech Steve gave at Stanford University titled: Steve Jobs: How to live before you die . Unfortunately there is a security angle to the story of...
  • The Future of Cybersecurity: Understanding How the Next Billion Users Will Change Cyberspace

    The product of human ingenuity and innovation, cyberspace now delivers a range of critical services to more citizens around the world than ever before. Yet, the online world as we know it stands at the threshold of unprecedented change. Being invited to speak at the EastWest Institute’s Worldwide Security Conference in Brussels this week provided an opportunity to examine the needs faced by the global security community as we prepare to meet the needs of the Internet’s next billion...