People like this just frost me: Security considered a burden for users

So I want to take a second to vent. First, I recognize that I work for Microsoft and before the whole Trustworthy Computing thing (which hit it’s 5 year anniversary this week) the concept of security and Microsoft was the brunt of several jokes. Not hurting my feelings….we needed those of you in the field…

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What do you want for Christmas? New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure?

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas! As if you didn’t have enough to worry about with last minute shopping, snow days, etc. this December….now you have some new e-Discovery procedures to worry about. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), amended in August 2006, went into effect on December 1st, 2006. What Does It Mean To…

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Why Windows Vista is Better than Your O/S

Today is a big day for Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing team! It’s the release of the Windows Vista One Year Vulnerability Report composed by my good friend and teammate, Jeff Jones. First let me just put to rest any kind “of course it’s favorable…it’s written by Microsoft” kinda stuff that I know several people reading are…

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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…

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Is Kai Axford Speaking at TechEd 2008?

The short answer is YES! However, I’m not going to be confined to a single breakout room like I was last year. (ESPNism: “You cannot stop him, you can only hope to contain him.”) If you remember, we had such a huge amount of folks wanting to get into the session I did with the…

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Secure Code through the Eyes of an IT Pro

I’m not Michael Howard. My software development background consisted of struggling through my two C++ classes in my undergraduate MIS program. Sure, I managed to convince my professors that I knew what a virtual function was and how it all worked, but I never really felt the “Call of the Code” like Michael, Bill Steele,…

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The Security Guy Blog Adds Video!!

This is something that I’ve been attempting to do for quite awhile, but as you can imagine, traveling every week precludes a lot of testing. Now that I’ve got a few weeks to play with this stuff, do expense reports, and remember where my house is….I’m trying to get more and more creative. I think…

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It’s Official: Windows Vista SP1 (Beta) News

(Info taken directly from the Windows Vista Team Site. I’ve saved you a click. Introducing Windows Vista Service Pack 1 In addition to regular Windows Vista updates, application compatibility improvements, and device driver improvements, Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) is another way Microsoft will deliver improvements to the Windows Vista customer experience. The goal…

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A New Life of 150 inches: How Long ’til Keith Combs Has One?

A good buddy of mine and fellow Texan runs this little ‘ol blog, which is one of the Top 5 blogs hosted on TechNet. His name is Keith Combs and he, like his blahg, is a pretty amazing technical guru. When it came time to research the laptop I’m carrying now, I searched out Mr….

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Not your Mama’s Webcasts: Kai does the Defense in Depth Webcast Series

Hopefully you were able to join me for a terrific two weeks of webcasts!! In 8 sessions we covered every layer of the security model known as “defense in depth”. For those of you who missed out on the great fun we had, here’s a way to go and check out the recordings. I did…

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