10 Years of Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft

Before joining Microsoft a little bit more than 10 years ago, I ran a team at PricewarehoureCoopers on e-Business Risk Management – classical security consulting in the Internet bubble time. When I announced that I will leave PwC and join Microsoft, I got interesting reactions (and remember, this was 2001). Mainly they were along two…

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Cooperation against Cybercrime- Octopus Conference

lt is time again! The Council of Europe Octopus Conference on Cooperation against Cybercrime is taking place this week. This year it is even the 10th anniversary of the Budapest Convention. Therefore a broad country of legal, law enforcement and private sector organizations are discussing the current state and the future of the collaboration to…

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Cloud Security in Office365

You heard about the launch of Office365 recently and I hope you read the blog post on the application of the Cloud Computing Security Considerations to the private. cloud. If not, here it is: Security Considerations in a Private Cloud To complete the series now, we released an additional paper on how these considerations can…

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Cyber Security: The Road Ahead

This paper by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) was just brought to my attention. A piece of work, which is definitely worth working through. It lays out the problem space and then does a deep dive into the different sections: Governments Legislative Bodies The Armed Forces Law Enforcement Judges…

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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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A Detailed Analysis of an Attack – Do We Need an International Incident Sharing Database?

I recently came across a paper called Shadows in the Cloud, which is actually a follow-up report of Tracking GhostNet: Investigating a Cyber Espionage Network, an investigation of the attacks on the office of the Dalai Lama and some governmental bodies. The report is written by two bodies who had the privilege to investigate those…

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Get Safe Online: Don’t be a Money Mule

You know, there are people who blog late, there are people who blog very late and then there is me… I actually missed that one even though I was triggered: Mid November there was the Get Safe Online Week 2009 in the UK. Usually they do really good stuff and this is the reason I…

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Scam Awareness Month in the UK

I guess you know Get Safe Online in the meantime. They are publishing a lot of good and insightful information. Now, they collaborate with the Office of Fair Trading in the UK for a Scam Awareness Month. Again, there is a log of excellent information on the web for you to look at: Get Safe…

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Common Criteria and answering the “real” questions

It seems that I am not yet gone J. Eric Bidstrup, a colleague of mine, wrote a great blog post about Common Criteria, where it does a pretty good job and where it fails. Basically he claims – and I could not agree more – that the customer “only” wants to know whether the operating…

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The Value of Operating System Comparisons

Since Blaster/Slammer, namely since the start of Trustworthy Computing I am working at Microsoft in a publically facing security role. I went through all the blaming and had to take all the heat of what we did wrong and how bad we are – and I admitted there and still do today that security was…

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