5 Common Types of Security Professionals

I am following Shoaib’s blog since quite a while – actually due to the beauty of the Internet, we only met virtually so far . He just posted on his blog: 5 Common Types of Security Professionals I really like this post. The way he categorizes them is: The NO-MASTER The By-The-Book Preacher The Dinosaur…

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Open Source and Hackers

The debate is probably as old as the Open Source software development model: Which one is more secure: Open Source or shared source as we at Microsoft run it? I know that we could now enter a religious debate about that, which I do not want to as I do not really believe in the…

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Raise Money for Cancer Research

This is a private post – and does not really have a lot to do with my job at Microsoft. Well, a little… A friend of mine – actually the EMEA Security PR guy at Microsoft – is an addicted dart player and participates often in dart tournaments. Which has a big advantage for me:…

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ATM Skims – would you have figured them?

I was reading two BBC articles this morning. Wow, this is scary, isn’t it? Look at the pictures below: I do not think that I would have seen that… It even has an integrated camera which is switched on, when you move the card in. That’s the original article: Would You Have Spotted the Fraud?…

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Algeria: Conference on Certification (eID)

When I tweeted last week that I am on my way to Algeria, I got quite some reactions and questions that I shall report how it was. So, let me try to briefly summarize my impressions. I was invited to speak at a conference on certification in Algiers. Well, initially I pushed back as I…

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Why it pays to be secure – Chapter 3 – But how do I?

Our EMEA Security Program Manager, Henk van Roest, started this series internally and with his consent I am publishing it here in my blog as I think it contains a lot of great information for you to use. Security — you hear about it every day. Being responsible for information security can be a daunting…

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The Africa Cable – A Chance for Africa! – A Threat for the Internet?

The development in Africa especially with the new broadband services to me is a huge chance for the whole continent. I just found this map on the next two years: source: IntelFusion Even though I have not been in Africa over the last few months, I heard that in different cities fiber is brought directly…

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Thoughts on the Registered Traveler Programs at Airports

When I entered the US this time, I got a brochure on how I could avoid the line at immigration and just get a fast track by registering with the Global Entry Program, a program, which would pre-screen me and then I just have to register with a machine by entering the US. As I…

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Patch Management, a key step towards compliance!

As you might have read, I recently blogged about my infrastructure and the future of a platform towards a better management of compliance – honestly, I actually played with our latest technology . I wrote about Deploying PKI Time Sync on Virtual DCs Now, a necessary and very important next step towards compliance as well…

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Get Safe Online – This Week

We see this concept all over Europe: There are National Security Awareness Days (or how ever they are called) in a lot of European countries. During these events, the industry (from software to banking to government to …) gets together to raise awareness on the most important trends, criminals explore attacking  their victims. This week…

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