Nine to tide you over: Video highlights from BlueHat v12

It has been nearly four months since we gathered in Redmond for BlueHat v12, and we’ve almost caught up on our sleep. As we prepare for what promises to be a momentous year for the BlueHat program – culminating in December with BlueHat v13 – we’ve selected nine of the most compelling, talked-about, or just… Read more

On the Shoulders of Blue Giants

Handle:k8e IRL: Katie Moussouris Rank: Senior Security Strategist Lead, Head of Microsoft’s Security Community and Strategy Team Likes: Cool vulns, BlueHat, soldering irons, quantum teleportation Dislikes: Rudeness, socks-n-sandals, licorice BlueHat v12 here in Redmond is in full swing – it started yesterday for full-time Microsoft employees only, and continues today as we welcome our invited… Read more

Announcing BlueHat v12

The days are getting shorter, the holidays are getting nearer, and looming on the horizon is a trio of 12’s – it’s almost time for the 12th BlueHat Conference, on tap for the twelfth month of 2012. We have a terrific lineup of speakers from both inside and outside the company; there’s nothing much we… Read more

BlueHat: Something Old, Something New, All Blue

Handle:k8e IRL: Katie Moussouris Rank: Senior Security Strategist Lead, Head of Microsoft’s Security Community and Strategy Team Likes: Cool vulns, BlueHat, soldering irons, quantum teleportation Dislikes: Rudeness, socks-n-sandals, licorice Reflecting on my past five years at Microsoft (I know! How time flies!), I can see with fresh perspective just how far we’ve come, while staying… Read more

The BlueHat Prize V1.0 – And the Winners Are…

Handle:k8e IRL: Katie Moussouris Rank: Senior Security Strategist Lead, Head of Microsoft’s Security Community and Strategy Team Likes: Cool vulns, BlueHat, soldering irons, quantum teleportation Dislikes: Rudeness, socks-n-sandals, licorice As we wrap up the first BlueHat Prize contest, we wanted to share what we learned while running the first competition, from a major vendor, offering… Read more

The BlueHat Prize Survey at BlackHat – Submit Security Defense Questions for a Chance to Win $5000

Handle:k8e IRL: Katie Moussouris Rank: Senior Security Strategist Lead, Head of Microsoft’s Security Community and Strategy Team Likes: Cool vulns, BlueHat, soldering irons, quantum teleportation Dislikes: Rudeness, socks-n-sandals, licorice   As we inch closer to Black Hat in Vegas this year, we wanted to kick off the ten-day countdown to our first BlueHat Prize contest… Read more

BlueHat Prize v1.0 Finalists – One of These People Will Win $200,000 (AKA Mad Loot)!

Handle:k8e IRL: Katie Moussouris Rank: Senior Security Strategist Lead, Head of Microsoft’s Security Community and Strategy Team Likes: Cool vulns, BlueHat, soldering irons, quantum teleportation Dislikes: Rudeness, socks-n-sandals, licorice When we announced the BlueHat Prize on August 3, 2011, we did something that no major vendor had ever done before – offer a large cash prize… Read more

Inside the MAPP program

Handle:Cluster IRL: Maarten Van Horenbeeck Rank: Senior Program Manager Likes: Slicing covert channels, foraging in remote memory pools, and setting off page faults Dislikes: The crackling sound of crypto breaking, warm vodka martni Hi everyone, Maarten here – my team manages the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) at Microsoft. MAPP gives defenders a head start… Read more

BlueHat Prize entries: The final tally is…

Handle:k8e IRL: Katie Moussouris Rank: Senior Security Strategist Lead, Head of Microsoft’s Security Community and Strategy Team Likes: Cool vulns, BlueHat, soldering irons, quantum teleportation Dislikes: Rudeness, socks-n-sandals, licorice The entries are in! After a last-minute wave of fresh entries to the first-ever BlueHat Prize, the final count for this year’s contest stands at twenty… Read more

Peace Games – BlueHat Prize Update and Countdown

Handle:k8e IRL: Katie Moussouris Rank: Senior Security Strategist Lead, Head of Microsoft’s Security Community and Strategy Team Likes: Cool vulns, BlueHat, soldering irons, quantum teleportation Dislikes: Rudeness, socks-n-sandals, licorice In the film WarGames, an artificial intelligence program named Joshua asked the main character, a teenage hacker, the now famous question, “Shall we play a game?”… Read more