Steve Riley on Security

Formerly of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group.

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  • Blog Post: America, wake up: stop being "security sheep"

    OK, I need to complain a bit here. Yesterday I went to Best Buy to get a new digital camera. I already knew which one I wanted, so I found a sales guy, pointed to the display unit, and said, "I'd like one of these." "Sure," he replied. He found the keys, unlocked the cabinet, pulled out a box,...
  • Blog Post: A CEO who should be fired

    So the CEO of an important customer of ours (no, I won't tell you who it is) claims to be, um, "very technical" and therefore keeps his own Windows domain and refuses to be part of the corporate forest. Go ahead, take a moment to express your astonishment; it took me about a full minute to recover my...
  • Blog Post: FanBox: the latest in password scams

    Looks like spammers have found yet another way to worm (ha ha) themselves into the computers of the unsuspecting. In my junk email folder this morning, I saw this message: From: Question It [mailto:question_it@fanboxapps.com] Sent: Monday, January 07, 2008 2:34 To: Steve Riley Subject: Ratul has...
  • Blog Post: Throw away your digital picture frames

    Surely time itself has warped and it's suddenly April 1st. Come on, if you read the following, wouldn't you first think it was a hoax, as did I? Virus from China, the gift that keeps on giving An insidious computer virus recently discovered on digital photo frames has been identified as a powerful...
  • Blog Post: New column -- The case of the stolen laptop

    Seems like once a week I hear from someone worried about stolen laptops -- or, worse, just joined the ranks of laptop theft victimhood. The best way to stay out of that club is to keep the thing with you at all times, or leave it in your hotel room when you don’t want to carry it around. Yes, everyone...
  • Blog Post: Trustworthy Administrators

    The article is posted in the security management column section on TechNet and is the Viewpoint article in the July security newsletter. Check it out, and please tell me what you think. It's been generating some opinions :) Do you trust your administrators? That seemingly innocent question creates...
  • Blog Post: Article in the works: trusting your administrators

    At TechEd US this year Jesper and I noted a new worry many of you were having: trusting your administrators. Or, more accurately it seems, an inability to trust your administrators. This is troubling, since these are the people who have unfettered access to pretty much everything in your network. Seems...
  • Blog Post: Yes, everyone knows you're a dog

    Amazing how long the legs are on the AOL search debacle. Of course, we in the online community often beat such storeis to death, if only because they deserve it! Recently Kim Cameron posted the search history of user 16006693, which flits "from politics, to retirement, to politics, to religion, to...