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Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Technical Roadshow
Hundreds of you joined the TechNet team at our first roadshow of the year in Edinburgh earlier this week. I thoroughly enjoyed our discussions and look forward to meeting more of you at the next session which takes place in Birmingham on 24th and 25th May. Full details of the Roadshow can be found...
15 Apr 2005
How to dramatically reduce your system's Attack Surface - Use Security Configuration Wizard
SCW is an abbreviation for Security Configuration Wizard which is a means of turning off the features of Windows Server that aren't required by YOUR applications. SCW takes the guess work out of which services you can turn off, which network ports can be disabled, how much backward compatibility can...
31 Jan 2006
Teaching Security to Developers
Thanks to everyone @ VBUG Birmingham last night for making me so welcome. I was greated with lots of Halloooween pumpkins - one of which was carved with a semi-colon in it rather than a face - a C# joke apparently! I delved into how Malware gets onto machines, how it works and how to avoid it....
1 Nov 2005
How we at Microsoft Secure our own infrastructure
Ever wondered how we secure our own infrastructure? The ITShowCase website provides IT Professionals with the low down on how we develop, deploy and manage our enterprise technology solutions. The site contains both business decision maker suitable content and highly technical implementation detail....
13 Dec 2004
How to deal with Spyware - Microsoft acquires anti-spyware technology
"Microsoft plans to make available to Windows customers a beta version of a spyware protection, detection and removal tool, based on the GIANT AntiSpyware product, within one month. The upcoming beta will scan a customer's PC to locate spyware and other deceptive software threats and enable customers...
17 Dec 2004
Great source of free security webcast/podcasts from the likes of Bruce Schneier and Phil Zimmermann
The ITConversations website contains some very interesting broadcasts from eminent security speakers. The top level site includes a vast range of topics. The site includes the tag line of "Listener-supported audio programs, interviews and important events" which sums the content up nicely.
4 Jan 2005
Looking for advice on developing secure applications?
The MSDN UK Evangelist team have worked with the best practise experts throughout the company to bring you a developer-centric website which you can access by clicking here . There's some good content on the site and it's presented in an easily accessible (entertaining) manner. It's a new site so we...
1 Dec 2005
William Luu's feedback to my last post makes a great deal of sense - "They're just trying to boost their websites' Google Rank. It could very well be one of those bots/scripts doing the rounds" I've looked more closely at the site and can confirm that it doesn't attempt to execute code on the client...
22 Nov 2004
The InfoSec slides ARE NOW available - broken links are now fixed
Browse here to access the slides yourself. This follows yesterday's post which indicated that the links were broken - thanks to Craig et al who verified the problem.
5 May 2006
The GetSafeOnline tour is coming to a City near you very if you're in the UK
Tony Blair kicked off the Get Safe Online campaign at a press launch in London this morning. Microsoft in partnership with the UK Government and a many large companies are evangelising the importance of information security to the entire UK population - at least those who watch TV, read the major newspapers...
27 Oct 2005
Tricks tips and shortcuts to help you get the most from your infrastructure - check out the updated blogcast repository
Brian Tucker is doing a great job of helping the IT PRO community to help itself by hosting your short video demonstrations of how to solve technical problems - otherwise known as blogcasts. The beauty of blogcasts is that you can easily create them for yourself using freely available tools such as...
29 Mar 2006
Where can I find a list of Microsoft Security blogs and web resources
Feliciano Intini's (much of the site is in Italian) Microsoft Security Taxonomy 1.0 is a handy resource as it lists many of the Microsoft security team blogs and functional area web sites.
12 Nov 2007
Threats Vulnerabilities and Exploits to mobile phones, PDAs, mobile devices and cars as discussed in a report published this week by IBM Security Intelligence Services
I've just read the summary to an IBM Report which discusses the perceived risk of security problems on mobile devices and even cars akin to those suffered by Personal Computer users today. This is something I've been thinking of writing about for some time - reading the report has finally given me the...
13 Feb 2005
Here are some Online Technical Security resources that will help you keep up with Microsoft Security Innovations
The Microsoft Security Newsletter is a monthly electronic newsletter that's tailored for IT Professionals and Developers to provide the latest Microsoft Security news together with tips for getting the most from our products. The Security Webcast Calendar includes details of live webcasts and on-demand...
6 Apr 2006
Microsoft Anti-Spyware Preview and Discussion of how it compares to SpyBot & Ad-Aware & why it's better
Paul Thurrot has posted an article which includes comments following an "interview with Giant co-founder Andrew Newman just days before his company was purchased by Microsoft". The article is well worth a read - here are a couple of excerpts: " We decided to leverage the power of community and create...
30 Dec 2004
Free Hands on lab for Rights Management - try it for yourself
The following resources make it easy for you to get to grips with Rights Management - enabling you to share more with less risk. General business and technical information - www.microsoft.com/rms - RMS 2-min flash demo – http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/demos/rms.html RMS...
30 Nov 2005
I came across the following post on slashdot Hacking Vodka Posted by michael on Saturday November 20, @12:06AM from the everclear dept. enrico_suave writes "A group of geeks aimed to find out whether running cheap vodka through a brita water filter would make it drinkable. They claim after several passes...
20 Nov 2004
Windows Server Release 2 (R2) is available for download
The official launch of Windows Server 2003 R2 (Release 2) took place earlier this week (Tuesday 6th December) - we'd planned to make the software available for download immediately available though unfortunately there was a short delay in getting the RTM (Release To Manufacture) code online. If you...
9 Dec 2005
Security Quick Reference - here's a list of security resources for IT Pro, Dev and Consumers alike
Security Quick Reference Guidance The Security Guidance Centers provide the most prescriptive security guidance Microsoft has to offer as well as security tools, security response information, such as security bulletins and virus alerts, to assist in securing your environment. Choose the Security...
6 Apr 2006
Traffic information MashUp
Click here to play with the Traffic Information MashUP - and here to find out what a MashUP is! In layman's terms a MashUp is where you (as an application developer) build upon an existing application - the term comes from DJ's mixing music samples. Try rolling your mouse wheel to zoom right in and...
7 Apr 2006
How to Secure wireless networks?
A good point of reference is http://www.microsoft.com/wifi as you'll find a wealth of best practise advice there. Another good source is the current TechNet Magazine which can be accessed both online (you can download the entire thing) and in print too in some geographies. The current (November / December...
2 Dec 2005
Where can I find out about Phishing trends and combat measures?
The Anti-Phishing Working group site is an excellent resource as it contains details of everything you (OK most people!) could ever want to know about Phishing. The site includes an interesting paper titled " Online Identity Theft: Phishing Technology, Chokepoints and Countermeasures ". Another...
9 May 2006
Thanks to everyone who joined our Blogging Session last night
Eileen and I thoroughly enjoyed explaining and demonstrating the various aspects of blogging. Eileen posted an entry earlier today containing all of the links to sites and tools used last night. I showed you how to set up a blog and post on MSN Spaces , Blogger , Text America and Community Server...
14 Oct 2005
It's amazing how fast time passes - blogs.technet.com is a year old
Thanks to Tony Soper for reminding us that TechNet Blogs are a year old and that there are 336 blogs there now. Many people moved over from the MSDN blog site and many more are new.
19 Jan 2006
Channel 8 - a blog for Students to interact with Microsoft
Channel 8 Beta site was launched a couple of weeks ago following hints from Mark Johnston - it was interesting to see just how many people started talking about it after his post . The site includes a wealth of information about the Imagine cup which is described as follows: " Let’s face it...
7 Aug 2007
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