MS Security Intelligence Report Volume 6 Released

Ned here again. If you are at all interested in security, here is a must-read:

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report volume 6 (July – December 2008)

This covers trends and perspectives on:

  • Software vulnerabilities (both in Microsoft software and in third-party software)
  • Software exploits
  • Security and privacy breaches
  • Malicious and potentially unwanted software
  • E-mail, spam, and phishing

It’s not for the skimmer – it’s 184 pages of very detailed analysis, and some of them are eye-opening. Such as the finding that industry-wide, roughly 90% of all vulnerabilities in this period were found to be in applications and browsers, not operating systems. What’s your company’s application patching strategy? What about your application vendors’ strategy?

For a quick sum up read, check out the smaller ‘Key Findings’ download, or stop by the MS Malware Protection portal.

– Ned “Anti-Social Engineering” Pyle