Farewell! Kai Axford is Leaving Microsoft

Friends, After 10 years of working for the greatest software company in the world, I will be leaving Microsoft. I strongly believe that God directs our paths and His plan for me has been confirmed by the amazing opportunities He has provided for my family here in Texas. My wife and I moved around a…

New Editor of the Microsoft Technical Audiences Security Newsletter

Well, in case you don’t subscribe, I’m now the official editor of the Microsoft Technical Audience Security Newsletter. It’s nice to actually get a security professional as the actual owner of the newsletter, and hopefully I’ll be able to weed out the material that’s not related to our topic. That being said, we also want…


Is Cloud Computing Really Risk Transference?

The current buzz in the technology industry is all about this idea of Cloud Computing. It goes by many many names but we’ll just stick with this one to eliminate confusion. Sure, it’s a great idea and vendors are talking about “moving your data to the cloud” where someone else can manage your data, provide…


Sweetie…can I make some security modifications to the car?

This is just too awesome to miss. I always enjoy a good video, especially when it relates to security. I just recently bought a new SUV (traded in the 2004 Mustang GT convertible) with the new baby and now I’m very sad that I forgot to ask for this option when I did. The guys…


ALERT: $250,000 Reward

REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 12, 2009 — Today, Microsoft Corp. announced a partnership with technology industry leaders and academia to implement a coordinated, global response to the Conficker (aka Downadup) worm. Together with security researchers, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and operators within the Domain Name System, Microsoft coordinated a response designed…

Hyper-V Security Guide goes Beta

Well, I told everyone last year on my Virtualization Security Tour that this thing was coming out soon! Well, we released a Beta of the document on our Beta site, which you should join if you haven’t already. One of my jobs is to help do technical review of documents/slides internally for our Security Content…

Hello Baby!

Frantic in Dallas I’m back…after a long absence. The last 3 months or so have been crazy in my life. After my trip to London and Edinburgh in mid-September, I returned home patiently awaiting the delivery of our son in late-October. We went to the doctor on Monday, September 29th and the sonogram looked great….


Big Bang Machine Hacked!

Well, apparently no one planned any information security with the super collider. I love the quote from this guy who is obviously not a security guy “We don’t know who they were but there seems to be no harm done.” Right. No harm done. We’re sorta sure. Time to buy a tin-foil hat.


Batten Down the Hatches Texas!

Well, I’ve been pretty much just keeping only a cursory interest in Hurricane Ike once my family on the East Coast was going to be safe. Now I have to pay attention again. A friend of mine sent me this today, which means my flight on Saturday will either be arriving early or departing really…


The Last Episode on Physical Security!

This wraps up the 4-part series where I discuss physical security at Microsoft with one of the guys who keeps you safe when you visit Redmond or any other of the many Microsoft campuses around the world. Thanks Johnny for making us all feel safe when we step onto the campus and thanks for sharing…