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  • Blog Post: Microsoft is Having a Big Patch Tuesday – Webcast Announced

    For October we are releasing 13 bulletins (eight critical and five important), addressing 34 vulnerabilities, affecting Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Silverlight, Forefront, Developer Tools, and SQL Server. Most of these updates require a restart so please factor that into your deployment planning...
  • Blog Post: PWC Says UK Executives Don’t Get Security

    Price Waterhouse Coopers has released their 2008 Global State of Information Security Study titled “safeguarding the new currency of business.”  The report called out the UK and the neighbour across the channel, France, for failing to make meaningful progress in the areas of compliance testing,...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 SKUs Not That Bad But I Want Bitlocker Lite

    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2009/feb09/02-03Win7SKU-QA.mspx My initial reaction to this was very negative.  Can Microsoft really “screw up” again?  But the more I thought about it, more it became clear that if Microsoft pushes the marketing dollars in the right places, namely...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Launches Office 2003 SP3

    OKAY....so maybe it's not so much of a launch as it is a quiet, understated announcement.  I'm sure everyone using 2003 will still want to download this service pack. "Microsoft® Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) represents a major evolution in security for Office 2003. It further hardens...
  • Blog Post: HOW TO: Removing Hidden Data From Office Documents

    Metadata is information within a document that provides indexing intelligence to other applications and subsystems. Metadata is what makes search engines and filters effective and almost every modern media file from a photo to an excel sheet has some. Metadata could be as simple as the "date created...
  • Blog Post: IE Patch Release - Fixes Data Binding Issues

    All IE users can now rejoice.  If you read my post , feel free to ignore the advice found there.  If you haven't run Windows Update and patched your machine, you can now download appropriate patches manually.  The patches are organized by OS with all applicable versions of IE in chronological...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 SP1 is Out - GoodBye Outlook Problems

    My colleague James O'Neill beat me to this one.  SP1 for Office is finally here, and none the sooner as I was ready to destroy my laptop and beat it with a sledgehammer because of the stability issues with Outlook. Funny story, a lot of the bad rap that Vista has been getting has actually been due...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's New Year is Gonna Bring a lot of Change

    Bink.nu has an extensive list of new software that Microsoft will be unleashing in the marketplace. It is amazing to be part of this company during a time where there has been just a dramatic change in product life-cycles. This is in stark contrast to the Microsoft of six years ago that was somewhat...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Gets Top Marks in SAML 2.0 Interoperability

    Microsoft security experts have never really been fans of SAML, a markup language, that is crucial to many e-government initiatives and SSO models.  The problem with SAML is that it is obese and almost no one had a full implementation of it until recently, yet it was always Microsoft that receive...
  • Blog Post: If Your Organization is Still Running Internet Explorer 6 (IE6), READ THIS!!!

      This is going to be one of those months.  Most of you all knew it was coming with the announcement a few months ago.  Be aware this only applies to WSUS customers who have changed the default setting.  What does this mean for your apps?  Well if you haven't tested all your...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Document Security with MOICE – Part I

    Last year was a big year for Office documents. Office 2007 was launched, Office Open XML became an ECMA standard, and the security group for Office released a major service pack for Office 2003. Last year was also a big year for hackers who found one of the few remaining “Trojan horses,”...
  • Blog Post: Office 2003 SP3 Legacy File Formats Disabled

    This is a public service announcement that by installing Office 2003 SP3, the ability to open and save older legacy file formats will be blocked. The reason for this decision is strictly for security reasons. Some older file formats including some from Microsoft are insecure and do not satisfy new attack...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 RC1, ForeFront and System Center Demo Kit, SQL 2008 November CTP, and Service Pack Blocker Tool

    Thursday was a busy day at Microsoft.  RC1 for Longhorn is now out and available for download.  To read up on some analysis about the update, check out James O'Neill's post . Going over to the other side of the "pond," Keith Combs mentions some good news around virtual machine VHDs...
  • Blog Post: Spoon Feed Your Geek Brain With April Webcasts

    Here are a list of interesting Webcasts in April!    TechNet 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 24 Hours of SQL Server 2008 Windows Mobile: Delivering Advanced Communications and Mobile Applications Securing Your Environment by Collaborating Effectively   MSDN Explore the New Features of...