New download: Microsoft Security Assessment Tool (MSAT)

This is a good tool for mid-sized organizations. The Microsoft Security Assessment Tool 3.5 is the revised version of the original Microsoft Security Risk Self-Assessment Tool (MSRSAT), released in 2004 and the Microsoft Security Assessment Tool 2.0 released in 2006. The MSAT is comprised of three assessments: ·         Business Risk Profile ·         Defense in Depth…


Download contains expired security certificates—and that’s ok

In February, we posted a download that contains a Systems Management Server (SMS) package definition (.sms) file for Office 2007, along with security certificate (.cer) files used for publishing to users’ Trusted Publishers so Office 2007 will automatically trust Microsoft add-ins. We’ve received a TON of negative feedback about the security certificates because they are…


Announcing the 2007 Microsoft Office Security Guide

The 2007 Microsoft Office Security Guide is live, and you can check it out on the TechNet Security Center. This solution accelerator can help you keep users productive and help secure your systems and data. It will help you to determine how to set the hundreds of security and privacy settings available with the 2007 Office system, balancing your organization’s requirements…


You want MOICE with that?

That’s pronounced MO-ICE. It stands for Microsoft Office Isolated Conversion Environment, and yes, you should have it. What MOICE does and why you need it MOICE uses the converters in the 2007 Office release to convert Microsoft Office binary format files (used in Office 2003 and earlier) into the Microsoft Office Open XML format. This process…