A few days ago, Windows Defender Offline was released. This is basically the tool to use, if you are unable to remove malware from a running PC. To quote the website: Sometimes, malicious and other potentially unwanted software, including rootkits, try to install themselves on your PC. This can happen when you connect to the…Details
Bring Your Own Device or Consumerization of IT are fairly hot themes in a lot of customer organizations. When I talk to customers, there are typically different reactions, once we bring this up. Some tell us, that it is not part of their strategy; some tell us that they plan to do it but that…Details
When people look at attackers, they always think that they are extremely smart people. There are really smart people building the kits but the ones applying it? Well, you just need the right guidance:
Fairly easy, isnâ€™t it?
I am following Shoaibâ€™s blog since quite a while â€“ actually due to the beauty of the Internet, we only met virtually so far . He just posted on his blog: 5 Common Types of Security Professionals I really like this post. The way he categorizes them is: The NO-MASTER The By-The-Book Preacher The Dinosaur…Details
This was an interesting article on cio.com: Apple, Oracle, Google Lead Major Vendors with Software Vulnerabilities in Q1, Security Report Says â€“ by TrendMicro. Now, these stats are always a bit a challenge: They make a really good headline but if the statistics does not include the severity of the vulnerabilities, it is hard to…Details
This has nothing to do with security nor with technology â€“ but it is worth (in my opinion) 20 minutes of your time! Recently a friend of mine told me to read Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins. Well, I said kind of â€œyeah, yeahâ€ but downloaded…Details
I know that I keep going and going on that. When I talk to customers and mainly to providers of the critical infrastructure about security, one of the key things to me is to keep the software updated. It is about patching and it is about staying on the latest version of your software. To…Details
One of the challenges customers always have is, how to select the right cloud partner and fairly often security drives this selection. The Cloud Security Alliance published the Cloud Controls Matrix quite a while ago and in addition a Consensus Assessments Initiative Questionnaire and a lot of request for information/proposal are based on this material.…Details
Years ago information security or cybersecurity was in the hands of specialists, which set the rules and the users had to follow â€“ in theory. Whether the users really followed the rules, policies and recommendations is a different story but it worked that way. I rarely remember a CIO/CFO or CEO really being interested in…Details
CORRECTION:So far there is “only” Proof of Concept code in the wild, no real exploit. In our last update cycle we published the security bulletin MS12-020 Vulnerabilities in Remote Desktop Could Allow Remote Code Execution. Relatively soon after the release, there was a public exploit code available – we informed here: Proof-of-Concept Code available for…Details
Sorry, I did not blog for quite a while. When looking at the Cloud, one of the key challenges to address – in my opinion – is how to manage the identity of the different users. If you have to add an additional identity to all the logons you already have, the Cloud will just…Details
I mean, I obviously like this article: Internet Explorer aces security test as Google faces accusations as it has a nice quote to start with: Internet Explorer 9 should be the go-to browser for organizations concerned about protecting machines from malicious downloads, according to a new study from NSS Labs: Microsoft’s browser trounced rivals Chrome,…Details
Just got the date confirmed: The Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be available on February 29th. I am looking forward to this next exciting step toward the final version!! Stay tuned!
Did I already tell you that you shall move off Windows XP to Windows 7 for security reasons?
Before joining Microsoft a little bit more than 10 years ago, I ran a team at PricewarehoureCoopers on e-Business Risk Management â€“ classical security consulting in the Internet bubble time. When I announced that I will leave PwC and join Microsoft, I got interesting reactions (and remember, this was 2001). Mainly they were along two…Details
I would like you to sit back, close your eyes and think about the year 2001. Think about how you used technology back then, how you used the Internet. Now, letâ€™s take it a little bit further back in history and think of the year 2000. Just after we realized that the Year-2000-Problem was handled…Details
Office 365 Becomes First and Only Major Cloud Productivity Service to Comply With Leading EU and U.S. Standards for Data Protection and Security
A long title but this was the title of the official press statement yesterday. Compliance is always a key question in the public cloud space. Therefore it is very important for us that we now achieved three things: Office 365 is compliant with EU Model Clauses, Data Processing Agreements and ISO 27001 among other standards.…Details
The Australian Defense Signals Directorate maintains a list of the Top 35 Mitigation Strategies against targeted intrusions. This is just a reference to the top strategies: Patch Applications Patch the Operating System Minimize the use of local admin Application whitelisting â€¦ Looking at these 35 strategies, the DSD claims that While no single strategy can…Details
l am still sitting in the parliament room of the Council of Europe at the celebration event for the Budapest Convention. It was another very good event advancing the challenges fighting Cybercrime. Let me try to summarize a few thoughts: The Budapest Convention is probably the best convention out there allowing a wide adoption of…Details
lt is time again! The Council of Europe Octopus Conference on Cooperation against Cybercrime is taking place this week. This year it is even the 10th anniversary of the Budapest Convention. Therefore a broad country of legal, law enforcement and private sector organizations are discussing the current state and the future of the collaboration to…Details
I have to admit â€“ it is not my title but it caught my attention. Over the course of the last few years, the term â€œCyberwarâ€ came up all over the place. I was recently reading a book on it, where there was a chapter called â€œDefinition of Cyberwarâ€ and I thought that finally somebody…Details