The MSRC heads back to Redmond

The MSRC heads back to Redmond In addition to spending time with customers and partners at RSA — as well as some eager, repeat “Wheel” fans — we had the opportunity to spend a couple of evenings with some of the journalists who cover security issues.  This was a particularly valuable opportunity for the team to build relationships…

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Helping Customers Face to Face

Helping Customers Face to Face It’s hard work to stand the whole day, as anyone who has worked a conference will tell you.  But it’s really also a lot of fun to hear the stories from our customers (though I do fear I’m going to learn some kind of Pavlovian response to the “click click…

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Musings at midnight from the “W” bar

Musings at midnight from the “W” bar For reasons that are not entirely clear to me, I found myself hanging out in a very crowded “W” bar at midnight last night – well past my bedtime – unless, of course, there is some security incident, in which case I would be sitting in my chair…

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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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