Behind the Curtain of Second Tuesdays

Handle:Mando Picker IRL: Dustin Childs Rank: Security Program Manager Likes: Protecting customers, working with security researchers, second Tuesdays, bourbon, mandolins Dislikes: Using “It’s hard” as an excuse, quitting when it gets tough, banjos Hello All, I enjoy telling stories. Perhaps, in a former life, I spent time as a bard telling stories of Robin Hood… Read more

Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure: Bringing Balance to the Force

Today on the MSRC blog, Matt Thomlinson, General Manager of Trustworthy Computing Security, announced our new philosophy on Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure. I wanted to provide some context and history on how this came about. This post is about changing the way we at Microsoft talk about some familiar disclosure concepts, and is meant as an introduction… Read more

Strengthening the Security Cooperation Program

Handle: Cap’n Steve IRL: Steve Adegbite Rank: Senior Security Program Manager Lead Likes: Reverse Engineering an obscene amount of code and ripping it up on a snowboard Dislikes: Not much but if you hear me growl…run G’day Mate! I have always wanted to say that. I am here at the AusCERT 2010 conference in the… Read more

Does Microsoft Change My Automatic Updates Settings?

Handle:Jman IRL: Jerry Bryant Rank: Group Manager, Response Communications Likes: Quad lattes, geek toys, responsible disclosure Dislikes: Tomatoes, slow drivers (frontgaters) As a follow on to the WGA and Security Updates post by Dustin Childs, I wanted to address another common question we get regarding both security and non-security updates that customers receive from Microsoft… Read more

BlueHat Security Forum: Buenos Aires Edition–Shipping!

Handle:Silver Surfer IRL: Mike Reavey Rank: Director, MSRC Likes: Warm weather, Battlestar Galactica, and responsibly reported vulnerabilities Dislikes: Rain, Rain without end, Clouds with potential for rain, reality TV, and unpatched vulns I’m here at the second edition of the BlueHat Security Forum, this time in Buenos Aires. So far it is shaping up to… Read more

Who Gets It and Who Doesn’t? (Windows Genuine Advantage and Security Updates)

Handle:Mando Picker IRL: Dustin Childs Rank: Security Program Manager Likes: Protecting customers, working with security researchers, second Tuesdays, bourbon, mandolins Dislikes: Using “It’s hard” as an excuse, quitting when it gets tough, banjos One of the things I get to do in the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) is talk to our customers and tell… Read more

G’day mate, howsitgoing?

Handle:Avatar IRL: Karl Hanmore Rank: Senior Security Strategist (aka Sergeant Grunt) Likes: Getting the job done, bringing the fight to the bad guys, good single malt whiskey Dislikes: Cowards, talkers not doers, red tape, humidity G’day, or should I say howdy, y’all. As the newest member of the Microsoft EcoStrat team, I figured I would… Read more

The year-end review – well, sort of :)

Handle: Cap’n Steve IRL: Steve Adegbite Rank: Senior Security Program Manager Lead Likes: Reverse Engineering an obscene amount of code and ripping it up on a snowboard Dislikes: Not much but if you hear me growl…run Hey! It’s that time of year again for all of us to pack up and head out to the… Read more