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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Well, maybe I’ll get a great refund in in 2009

Apparently the IRS just realized that they had about 1,800 unauthorized web servers attached to their corporate network!!! Now I’m glad to hear that their CIO is working to get them removed, but sounds to me this is a great opportunity for them to implement a domain isolation model using IPsec. Now you know I’m…

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Microsoft to the Compliancy Rescue!

One of the things I do at every CSO Council, is to ask the security executives what their Top 3 issues are. (We learned a long time ago that you can’t ask execs to nail it down to a single issue!) These are the top concerns they have around information security, not just Microsoft issues,…

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Toronto: EnergizeIt: Get Your Geek On!

This past Saturday I was in Toronto to speak at their annual EnergizeIT event. Let me tell you something: These Canadians know how to throw an event! They had the audience of 1,400+ cheering and screaming during the opening keynote! I’ve done plenty of events and this was by far one of the best I’ve…

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Relax....and enjoy the podcast

Well, this month on TechNet Radio, you’re going to get a ton of ME (Me, being Kai…not “Me” as in WindowsME….which I wouldn’t threaten anyone with.) Normally you get to hear the soothing sound of my melodious voice each month as I interview Mark Griesi, who’s a Program Manager from the Microsoft Security Response Center. During this…

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So you want to be a computer CSI guy?......

Well, it’s done!! Special Agent Allyn Lynd and I delivered a well-attended (350+…..people were getting turned away due to fire code issues) session on Implementing the Fundamental Computer Investigation Guide for Windows, followed by an podcast interview with Kevin Remde for TechNet Radio. We then rushed downstairs for our Interactive Theater session where we spent…

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Tech-Ed 2007: Here we go!!

Well, it’s very late here in Orlando, and like a good speaker I’m still tweaking and adjusting my slides with recent data and working on my demos. I know, I know….Steve Riley and I are on the same team, and are both going to be speaking at Tech-Ed 2007 this year….but Steve is pretty much…

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Kai Axford is Joining the FBI...

…for a terrific presentation at Tech-Ed 2007 in Orlando!! That’s right…in conjunction with the Dallas FBI CyberCrime Team, I’m going to be conducting a session based on the new Microsoft Fundamental Computer Investigation Guide for Windows. Here’s the session title and abstract: SEC312: How’d they find THAT?: Implementing the new Microsoft Fundamental Computer Investigation Guide…

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Economic Espionage: Mitigating with Technical Methods

So we’re all technical folks…and we all like to use technical solutions to fix problems. I’m tellin ya, without the proper non-technical controls I mentioned earlier….you’re dead in the water. Can’t have bacon without eggs and peanut butter without jelly. It’s just incomplete. I’m telling you now: Technical controls without proper non-technical controls provide no…

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Economic Espionage: Mitigating the Risk Using Non-Technical Methods

So yesterday I talked about the real risk that economic/corporate espionage is causing. It’s huge!! This topic always ranks in the Top 3 whenever I ask the CSO “What is the biggest security risk you currently have?” Let’s face it….every business has something that you consider to be unique. Something that provides you with “competitive…

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