Security Development Lifecycle: Quick References

A quick one: An interesting download location: With the SDL Quick Security References (QSR), the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) team introduces a series of basic guidance papers designed to address common vulnerabilities from the perspective of multiple business roles – business decision maker, architect, developer, and tester/QA. These papers will help you address a critical…

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Publishing Secret or Sensitive Information

With a lot of interest I followed the media on the latest Wikileaks’ publication of sensitive documents from the US Government. At least here in Europe, there is a huge debate whether this publication is really problematic for the United States. A discussion I do not want to comment here, as I am not able…

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The Cloud is Also Green

Yes, not only gray Seriously, we commissioned a study to see what the impact of cloud computing is not only to efficiency but the the environment. Can you save CO2 by moving to the cloud? I think something, we do not look at often enough. As pictures say more than 1000 words, here you see…

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Information Security Management System for Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure

Just a quick one. Our Global Foundation Services organization (the ones who run our datacenters) just published a new whitepaper: Information Security Management System for Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure This paper describes the Information Security Management System program for Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure, as well as some of the processes and benefits realized from operating this model….

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New Baselines for the Security Compliance Manager

There were just new resources released for the Security Compliance Manager: the Windows Server 2008 R2 Security Baseline and the Office 2010 Security Baseline, and setting packs for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8. This packs help you to manage your security and compliance. The Security Compliance Manager works with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning…

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Basic Malware Protection for Free?

It is kind of strange, whenever I talk to governments and customers, everybody seems to agree that basic malware protection should be for free or even integrated into the OS. I am talking about malware, which is “installed” by the user as well… However, it seems that not everybody is happy… Security firms blast Microsoft…

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Fixing Risk Management

Since quite a while I am not satisfied with the way we (in the industry) are doing risk management. In my early days, before I was actually entering the security space, I was doing project management and as part of it risk management. The way we did it was fairly simple (as probably most of…

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The Value of Government Clouds

We recently released a paper called The Economics of Cloud Computing for the EU Public Sector, which is actually valid for every other European country as well as it is not too narrowly focused on the EU only. Additionally there is a US-version of the paper as well. It is definitely worth reading. Andrea Du…

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Turkey signed Cybercrime Convention

We are huge supporter of the Convention on Cybercrime by the Council of Europe. The reason for this is that we are convinced that there is a need of a certain level of harmonization across the Globe regarding cybercrime laws. Today I learned, that Turkey signed the convention yesterday. This is a great achievement and…

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Hotmail now with full-session SSL

If you use Hotmail, you should enable full session SSL in my opinion. Additionally we use SSL for additional services like Skydrive etc. However, there are some caveats. Read the blog post on that: Hotmail security improves with full-session HTTPS encryption Roger

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