RSA 2008 – Day 3: Breakfast with the MSAT and Cruising the Expo

Who Doesn’t Like Breakfast? Sort of a slow day here at RSA today. My guess is that all those parties sort of took their toll on the majority of the attendees. I got up early to catch up on some schoolwork (yes….the quest for the elusive MBA continues, even when I’m traveling…..) and then headed…

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RSA 2008 – Day 2: Windows vs. Linux, PLUS Insider Threat Experts, and The Parties

Day 2. I’m a but wore out since I was up into the wee hours trying to get my new video blogging mess figured out. The process that I thought would be (encoding and uploading)…..wasn’t. But the part that I thought would be easy (quality of the HD stream)…..was. Still trying to work out exactly…


RSA 2008 – Day 1: Craig Mundie and Omarosa

  New Direction I got up nice and early and managed to drag myself over to the convention, to be sure I wouldn’t miss Craig Mundie’s keynote where he announced the new End-to-End Trust vision we’ve been hearing about internally for a few weeks. Craig delivered the keynote in a “fireside chat” format with Chris…


The End to End Trust Vision: Microsoft’s Framing of the Discussion and Call for Dialog Around Security

   You’ve been sitting around asking yourself, “Okay okay…I heard Bill Gates announce the whole ‘trustworthy computing’ concept back in 2002… What’s next Microsoft? How do we solve the future security problems as an industry?” As you know, the Internet has transformed the way many of us live today. Social networking represents the new town…


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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Book of the Month Club: Influence: Science and Practice, by Robert Cialdini

I’ve been meaning to get back to the Book O’ The Month club idea for awhile. My buddy Matt started the idea, and I’m glomming on, since I think it’s a good one. Mitnick Recommended The book I just finished is entitled “Influence: Science and Practice” by Robert Cialdini. Before I dive into the why…

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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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It Was A Good Run….

Well….as you can imagine it has taken me some time to get over the fact that my beloved Green Bay Packers football season has come to an end. I appreciate all the emails, text messages, and phone calls concerning my well being. Contrary to many reports, I was not on “suicide watch” but it was…

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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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Green Bay Packers Headed to NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field!!!

’nuff said….life is good. (Yes, the first 4 minutes of the game I was ready to jump off the roof, but I tried to exhibit a bit of patience and it paid off.) This morning as I was checking the local morning news online…I saw this comment on a blog: “Dear Jessica, Thank You. Love,…