MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR / FRÖHLICHE WEIHNACHTEN UND EIN GUTES NEUES JAHR!

Yes, I know, another one of these posts… I’m not sure if this will be the last post of this year, but it’s definitely a good moment to say thank you to all the readers, customers and colleagues and to wish you all the best! Looking back, this was a special year in many ways and my first…

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Study: IT Pros More Concerned about Data Loss than Spam, Malware

Microsoft’s Forefront team has posted a new study conducted for Microsoft by CMG Market Research measuring the perceptions of 1,274 information technology (IT) managers in the U.S. toward 12 security concerns, such as malware, temporary workers, hackers, phishing, and more.  The survey found that Spyware is still the #1 security concern (24%) that survey participants…

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Consumers strongly prefer to buy from companies that have not suffered data leaks, losses or theft

Consumers strongly prefer to buy from companies that have not suffered data leaks, losses or theft, according to a new survey conducted for Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. The Check Point & YouGov survey of over 2100 British consumers highlighted how consumers’ trust of a company and its brand was affected by leakage or theft of…

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Survey Finds that 54% of Wireless Users Steal Wi-Fi Access

Security firm Sophos reported that 54% of wireless users interviewed have admitted to using someone else’s wireless Internet access. In a report, done by the firm on behalf of The Times, many Wi-Fi users fail to properly secure their wireless connection with passwords and encryption, allowing passers-by and neighbors to steal their connection. The report also notes…

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Judge: Man can’t be forced to divulge encryption passphrase

Interesting… also how that wouldbe handled outside of the US. A federal judge in Vermont has ruled that prosecutors can’t force a criminal defendant accused of having illegal images on his hard drive to divulge his PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) passphrase.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Jerome Niedermeier ruled that a man charged with transporting child pornography…

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How Microsoft does IT – Showcase information and documentation from Microsoft IT

Microsoft IT is regularly posting articles as best practices information about how Mirosoft’s internal IT is operating their systems and services. I have picked out some interesting and security related posts: Enabling Information Security through HBI Information ClassificationTechnical Case Study Disclosure of High Business Impact (HBI) information might cause severe material loss to Microsoft, the…

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Fewer patches != safer OS

Does one OS having fewer security patches than another operating system mean that the OS with the fewer patches is the safest OS?  You know, I’m not sold on that concept. As we near the first anniversary of the consumer launch of Windows Vista we’ll be seeing pundits all over the media taking a look back…

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Ninety-five percent of e-mails sent in 2007 are junk

Barracuda Networks released its annual spam report, which shows between 90 to 95 percent of all e-mail sent in 2007 is spam. This is based on an analysis of more than 1 billion daily e-mail messages sent to its more than 50,000 customers worldwide. The above figures represent an increase from the estimated 85 to…

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Enterprise@Risk: 2007 Privacy & Data Protection Survey

Reportable and multiple privacy breaches rising at alarming rate! Personally identifiable information of customers and employees is being exposed – frequently and repeatedly – potentially putting hundreds of thousands of individuals at risk and exposing organizations to increased liability, according to a new survey report by Deloitte & Touche LLP (Deloitte & Touche) and the Ponemon…

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Windows Vista SP1 documentation

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (Generic Overview and entry point)http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsVista/en/library/90a564b9-34af-4a6b-937f-324e1862244b1033.mspx?mfr=true Some interesting topics out of the hole documentation:  Overview of Windows Vista Service Pack 1When developing Windows Vista, Microsoft set out to provide higher levels of productivity, mobility, and security, with lower costs. After more than six months of broad availability and usage, it’s evident…

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