Security Best Practices for Office 2010 Applications

You can learn about the security best practices for Office 2010 applications by reading the following article, Security Best Practices for Office 2010 Applications, which was initially published in The Microsoft Security Newsletter (July 2011 Edition). I posted this here on the Office IT Pro Blog to make sure that those who have not subscribed to or yet…

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Office 365 Security

Microsoft Office 365 provides enterprise-grade security for businesses of all sizes. To learn more about the security practices and technologies in Office 365 see the following articles available on the Microsoft Download Center. For an overview of security in Office 365 download the following article: Security in Office 365 White Paper For a more comprehensive and detailed treatment…

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Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) version 2 (BETA) available for download

The Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) version 2 (BETA) is available for download. Some of the new SCM 2 features include: GPO import: SCM 2 can now import Group Policy Object (GPO) Backup files to allow organizations to import and compare their existing knowledge against Microsoft baseline recommendations. This long-awaited feature effectively helps you to…

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How to plan, deploy, and monitor the security baselines of computers running Microsoft Office 2010

You can use the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager tool, which includes the Office 2010 Security Baseline, to help plan, deploy, and monitor the security baselines of computers running Microsoft Office 2010. What is the Security Compliance Manager tool? The Microsoft Security Compliance Manager provides security configuration recommendations from Microsoft, centralized security baseline management features, a baseline portfolio, customization…

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Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Volume 10 (SIR v10)

The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report – volume 10 (SIR v10) was recently released. What is the Security Intelligence Report? The Security Intelligence Report (SIR) is an investigation of the current threat landscape of operating systems, web browsers, and applications.  It analyzes exploits, vulnerabilities, and malware based on data from over 600 million systems worldwide, as…

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Where is the Microsoft Office 2010 Security Guide?

The previously stand-alone Microsoft product-specific security guides, including the Microsoft Office 2010 Security Guide, are now included within the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool. The security guidance from Microsoft Solution Accelerators hasn’t disappeared, it’s just been repackaged. First download and install the SCM tool. Next, import the Microsoft Office 2010 Security Baseline. Finally, select…

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Office File Validation for Office 2003 and Office 2007

Office File Validation, a Microsoft Office 2010 security feature, is now available for both Office 2003 and Office 2007. We strongly recommend that Office File Validation be applied to all computers that use Office 2003 and Office 2007. However, Office File Validation, in combination with Protected View, offers an even better security experience. Protected View…

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Office 2010 Security Whitepaper: Keeping Enterprise Data Safe

The Microsoft Office 2010 security whitepaper, “Keeping Enterprise Data Safe with Office 2010” is currently available for download from the Microsoft Download Center.  This whitepaper highlights the new security features and enhancements introduced in Microsoft Office 2010 that help protect organizations from exploits targeting users who use Office applications in their daily work. The paper begins…

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RSA Conference 2011 – Cloud Computing

I’ve enjoyed my time so far here at RSAConference2011 in San Francisco. Today started out great with the presentation of the RSA Lifetime Achievement Award to Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir, and Leonard Adleman, RSA themselves. There was even a standing ovation after the award was presented. After this the keynote addresses were given throughout the morning, followed by…

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RSA Conference 2011 – Microsoft Office Security

Hi, I will be attending RSA Conference 2011 this month. I’m a Senior Technical Writer for the Office Resource Kit and focus on writing security articles. If possible, I would like to meet any of you who are also attending and are interested in talking about any of the following: Microsoft Office security Improvements to security in Microsoft…

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