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May, 2012

  • Security Development Conference 2012 – An Interview with Richard A. Clarke

    Posted by: Tim Rains, Director, Trustworthy Computing

    Last week I attended the Security Development Conference 2012 (SDC 2012).  As Steve Lipner wrote in his article about the event, the conference enabled people from companies, government agencies and academic institutions to share their own experiences adopting a Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) process thus helping others learn how to accelerate adoption within their own organizations.  Speakers and panelists were in attendance from a variety of organizations including Adobe, BlackBerry, Cisco, IBM, Intel, Itron, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, NIST, NSA, Salesforce.com, Red Hat and others.

  • Cloud Security Benefits for SMBs in Hong Kong

    Posted by: Richard Saunders, Director, Trustworthy Computing

    New data from Microsoft Trustworthy Computing shows that small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) in Hong Kong experience similar cloud security benefits as the SMBs we’ve highlighted from the United StatesSingaporeIndia and Malaysia.

  • Cloud Security Benefits for SMBs in Asia

    Posted by: Richard Saunders, Director, Trustworthy Computing

    At this point you have likely seen some of our survey data on the improved security, cost savings and time savings associated with cloud security for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). We’ve shared specific data on SMBs inUnited StatesSingaporeIndiaMalaysia and Hong Kong.

    While each region had slightly different numbers, there’s a trend of security benefits stemming from the cloud. Looking at aggregate data from Singapore, India, Malaysia and Hong Kong SMBs makes this trend apparent.

  • Cloud Fundamentals Video Series: Data Center Security

    Posted by: Tim Rains, Director, Trustworthy Computing

    The physical security of the data centers where cloud services are hosted is a very important aspect of security to all of the customers I talk to.  After all, if an attacker can gain physical access to the hardware hosting a service and storing sensitive data, that attacker has a range of malicious options available to them including attempting to steal or damage services and data.  It is mandatory for cloud providers to provide physical security controls for the services they manage on behalf of their customers.

  • Cloud Security Benefits for SMBs in Malaysia

    Posted by: Richard Saunders, Director, Trustworthy Computing

    Last week we shared data that highlights the security benefits small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) in the United StatesSingapore and India gain from using the cloud. The benefits these organizations attest to—cost savings, time savings and improved security—are echoed by the experiences of Malaysian SMBs.

  • Cloud Security Benefits for SMBs in India

    Posted by: Richard Saunders, Director, Trustworthy Computing

    Earlier this week we shared news around the security benefits small to mid-size businesses (SMBs) gain from using the cloud in both the United States and Singapore. Additional data focusing on SMBs in India shows that improved security, time savings and cost savings are all benefits Indian SMBs using the cloud experience as well.

  • The Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle Extends Beyond Applications to Critical Infrastructure

    Posted by: Steve Lipner, Partner Director of Program Management, Trustworthy Computing

    This morning, I am sitting at the inaugural Security Development Conference 2012 in Washington DC listening to people from a diverse set of companies, government agencies and academic institutions sharing their own experiences with adopting a Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) process or learning how to accelerate adoption within their own organizations. As I watched the keynotes and sessions yesterday and see Scott Charney step onto the stage today, I am reminded of the early days at Microsoft when our customers were faced with security threats that challenged their trust in our products and services.  Creating the SDL was an important step in combating these threats and to this day the SDL continues to help reduce the number and severity of vulnerabilities found in Microsoft’s products. 

  • Cloud Security Benefits for SMBs in Singapore

    Posted by: Richard Saunders, Director, Trustworthy Computing

    Earlier today Microsoft Trustworthy Computing announced the results of a study showing the security benefits U.S. small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) gain from cloud computing. In this study we found that U.S. SMBs using the cloud had a comparative advantage over U.S. SMBs not using the cloud in the area of security efficiency.

    I’m pleased to announce that U.S. SMBs aren’t alone in seeing improved security efficiencies from using the cloud. New data shows SMBs in Singapore have had similar experiences.

  • Barrier or Benefit? Study Challenges Cloud Computing Security Perceptions for Small to Mid-size Businesses

    Posted by: Adrienne Hall, General Manager, Trustworthy Computing

    Any conversation I have with a customer that hasn't yet adopted a cloud service includes the topic of security at some point. It isn’t surprising that security frequently tops the list of cloud adoption items; yet I believe it should be on the list of top cloud adoption benefits.

    A common area explored by organizations considering the cloud, small to mid-size businesses, or SMBs, often don’t have the built-in security expertise that larger entities do. This makes it difficult for them to spend time and expertise to assess the benefits of cloud computing.

    In commissioning an independent study with groups of SMBs that both use and do not use cloud services in the U.S., Singapore, Malaysia, India and Hong Kong. We hoped to evaporate, okay – more realistically – lessen, concerns about security for prospective customers. Our goal was to see what, if any, security benefits companies that use the cloud realize, and to better understand the concerns of companies that have not yet adopted cloud services.

  • Sharing Cloud News and Perspectives in Asia

    Posted by: Adrienne Hall, General Manager, Trustworthy Computing

    Today I’m heading off to Asia. Over the next few weeks I’m looking forward to connecting with customers, industry influentials following cloud computing, reporters and several of my colleagues at Microsoft. These conversations play a big role in shaping my perspective on the cloud trust topics that we discuss on this blog. Talking with customers provides a fresh reminder of the varying requirements at play and the different ways people are realizing the benefits of cloud computing in their own organizations. Connecting with industry experts following cloud computing also provides a sense of what’s going well and what work remains to be done.

    The trip starts in Singapore where I’ll be attending the Cloud Asia conference. In particular I’m looking forward to the continuing dialogue surrounding private and public cloud offerings. The range of cloud solutions continues to grow; flexibility and choice continues to be important. From there I’ll head to India, Malaysia and Hong Kong for a full slate of press and customer meetings.