Trends, or lack thereof…

Trends, or lack thereof… Sometimes you can pick up a common theme when you go to an industry show.  You find that lots of vendors are talking about topic X or half of the talks seem to mention topic Y.  I still haven’t found that common theme though at this event.   Looking at the session…

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MSRC "Wheel of Fortune"

MSRC “Wheel of Fortune” We’ve had another really busy day on the show floor.  We’ve had a continuous line at our “Wheel of Fortune” as survey participants are eager to spin our wheel and win an Xbox game!  The surveys keep coming in and we’re getting a great chance to meet customers and partners. The booth…

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Securi-tini anyone?

Securi-tini anyone? We had a great time last night at a party Microsoft hosted. It was at the Foreign Cinema, which is an awesome restaurant with enormous white walls everywhere that they play movies on.  People mingled, eating fantastic food and drinking the occasional “Securi-tini” or “Harvey Firewall-banger” and movies played on the walls all around…

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MSRC Customer Survey: Win an Xbox game!

MSRC Customer Survey: Win an Xbox game! Wow, what an exciting day yesterday at RSA!  Bill Gates actually talked about the Microsoft Security Response Center within the very opening of his keynote address! Bill also outlined Microsoft’s three key focus areas for security, which are technology innovation, guidance and industry leadership.  What we do in…

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Alive and kicking at the end of Day 2!

Alive and kicking at the end of Day 2! It’s almost 6:30 and while the MSRC “Wheel of Fortune” has finally stopped spinning my head has not.  I cannot get over how many people are here, and how many stop and discuss Microsoft’s security efforts (I am sure it has nothing to do with X-Box…

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The MSRC "Update Tuesday"; Week Prior to RSA

The MSRC: “Update Tuesday” Week Prior to RSA Day 2 at RSA has reminded us that we certainly are arriving in San Francisco after a big week in Redmond.  Our team, which manages vulnerabilities and releases security updates AND manages security incidents, had an opportunity to exercise all of our expertise last week with the release…

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Bill Gates Keynote: Internet Explorer 7.0!

Bill Gates Keynote: Internet Explorer 7.0! I am absolutely ecstatic to repeat Bill Gates’ announcement this morning at RSA that there will indeed be an Internet Explorer 7.0!  The Internet Explorer team is a great bunch of people who’ve been watching the interest in new functionality and security intently.  Internet Explorer is one of the…

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Kevin Kean, Director with the MSRC

Kevin Kean, Director with the MSRC My first impression of RSA this year is  – wow RSA has really grown!  The scale reminds me of some of the networking shows a few years ago.  This morning a huge number of people were signing up for the full conference.  For anyone familiar with the Moscone center…

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Stephen Toulouse, Security Program Manager with the MSRC

Stephen Toulouse, Security Program Manager with the MSRC My introduction to security response was the Slammer attack.  I’d been on the MSRC team for all of a month, and suddenly this attack on SQL servers appears, even impacting the Internet!  I had just moved up to Seattle and was trying to sell my old house,…

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Simon Conant, Security Program Manager with the MSRC

Simon Conant, Security Program Manager with the MSRC As the newest member of the team, I flew into Redmond on the Sunday before February’s “Update Tuesday” (i.e. the release of Microsoft’s February security updates).  Although originally from New Zealand, I’m moving right now from Germany, where for the past few years I have worked for…

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