I am preparing the worldwide Chief Security Advisor meeting in Seattle, which takes place soon. I am doing at in the Swiss Alps. Isnâ€™t fall in the Alps great?
Thatâ€™s the power of home office
Stuxnet is a severe threat â€“ thatâ€™s something we know for sure. But if we look at it â€“ what do we really know? What can we learn? Letâ€™s start from the beginning. As soon as Stuxnet hit the news, it was interesting to see, what was happening. There was a ton of speculation out…Details
An interesting question, posed by V3.co.uk: Can cloud security ever work? â€“ How relevant is the question by itself? When computers and especially personal computers were introduced, people asked as well whether the security on a PC will ever work â€“ the question is just not relevant. Letâ€™s face it: The Cloud will come! Period. We just have to figure out, how we will manage risks in the Cloud â€“ thatâ€™s our job.Details
If you like Scott Chaney’s suggestion he made at ISSE this week called Collective Defense – Applying Public Health Models to the Internet he raised very good points about the different roles the participants in the Internet Health Ecosystem have to play. Into that, the following article fits in fairly nicely: Comcast to notify subscribers with infected PCsDetails
No, this is not yet another announcement â€“ this is a picture of todayâ€™s reality. UNHCR just published a website called Protecting and Empowering Refugees, where the results of the partnership between the UNHCR and Microsoft is shown in a pretty impressive way.Details
I often hear statements that the risk of losing your identity or being a victim of fraud is much higher online than offline. From my point of view it is more about the feelings of the consumer: In the real world, we know the risks â€“ at least we learned them over the ages from…Details
I started with Off to See the World, where I announced that we grow the community. And then I had the pleasure to tell you the we have a new Chief Security Advisor for EMEA â€“ Monika Josi. Now, my team is complete â€“ at least on time zone level: It is a pleasure for…Details
Sometimes I feel that people think the Internet is a room, where the laws of our society do not apply anymoreâ€¦ I read an article this morning on Swiss news called Drei Monate Haft fÃ¼r Beleidigungen auf Facebook â€“ and here is an English version of it: Jail for French Facebook user. Sometimes I wonder…Details
An year ago we launched Microsoft Security Essentials. I remember the day as I was looking at the Twitter stream to see the overall reactions and they were simply great! Further on, when I travelled, the main complaint I heard in some countries was: â€œWhy do we not have it?â€ and it is a fair question.Details
I am using it since the Beta and it is really cool. I am using Messenger (with the integration to Facebook etc.) as well as the Windows Live Writer to blog.
It rocks: Windows Live Essentials 2011 available for download now
Download and install!
Last week, when I was in South Africa, a partner of us pointed me to a very interesting paper by KPMG called Cloud computing: Australian lessons and experiences. What I like is, that a lot of the items I was recently raising, where actually reflected in quotes by customers of Cloud providers as well as by the general findings of the study.
The final conclusion is to me that there are a lot of security benefits moving to the Cloud.
Actually I had a few very interesting discussions lately as a reaction on my post Is There Any Value in Twitter? Yes? Think Againâ€¦ and I think Thibaud brought it to the point: Mass-follow is the â€œproblemâ€ â€“ in other words me . I had thought about getting out of Twitter but I will get…Details
I know that this is â€œold newsâ€ but I wanted to make sure that everybody has seen that: We will make Microsoft Security Essentials available for small business for free. Small businesses are up to 10 PCs. This is great news as a lot of small businesses do not use Anti-Malware Software and do not need any central management.Details
Obviously I do not like people to steal software. Additionally, from at least two perspectives it adds security risks: People are less likely to patch and pirated software often comes wit pre-installed malware, which is then hard to detect. There is just such a case now with the iPhone: Fake iPhone jail-breaking tool packed with…Details
The cloud â€“ and now I mean the volcano cloud â€“ showed that there is not always a real need to travel far in to get the right information at an event of conference. I delivered a keynote via LiveMeeting (Virtual Keynotes â€“ Do we always have to travel?) during the time the planes were…Details