Why you should avoid manual ‘server hardening’

Sachin Kumar, a Premier Field Engineer from the India team, discusses a very important topic in this post. Many support incidents are actually triggered by non-standard (and sometimes unsupported) settings which are picked from outdated hardening guides. Read on for more details and for information on what NOT to tweak! I was recently helping a…


The Windows XP journey ends soon. Are you ready for April 8, 2014?

It’s only 4 months until Windows XP becomes an ex parrot. PFE superstar Milad Aslaner walks us through some of the implications. April 8th 2014 will be a very important day for most enterprises. After that day Microsoft is ending the support for Windows XP Service Pack 3, the last supported version of Windows XP….


How To Use the Microsoft Authenticator App for Windows Phone to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Facebook

Our old favourite PFE Gregg O’Brien runs through using the Microsoft Authenticator app for Windows Phone to make his social networking experience more secure. If you are like me, social media is a heavily-used feature of technology in your daily life. I use social media to keep in touch with friends and family, and also…


Auditing File Access on File Servers

This article was contributed by Liju Varghese, a Senior Premier Field Engineer from Canada, based on a recent engagement. Recently, I helped a customer achieve two objectives: Audit access to sensitive content on the file servers and ensure the information is captured Generate reports on a regular basis that would show WHO did WHAT to…


Security Updates (and Why You Should Love Them)

Mark Dudok, a PFE colleague of mine in sunny Canberra, writes about security patches, and why it’s important to keep them front of mind and not get complacent: Now let’s get into your responsibilities as an administrator. If you were a mechanic, you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog. You would likely be busy ensuring…


Security, Security, Security, Security!

Lots of security-related news to catch up on. (Ed note: I’m one of the developers/maintainers of the Security Health Check 4.5 offering, so I try to keep abreast of developments at home and elsewhere in the industry.) Alexandre Marins introduces the new Attack Surface Analyzer. Attack Surface Analyzer takes a snapshot of your system state…