The Microsoft Security Update Guide

I know that these news are not new but I was away when we announced it and to me it is important enough to take it up afterwards. Over the last few months we worked on a document explaining everything which is going on around an Update Tuesday. So, what is an Advanced Notification, what…


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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MS09-017: An out-of-the-ordinary PowerPoint security update

Our Security Research and Defense team blogged on the PowerPoint security update we published on Tuesday. There are a few things which were not “business as usual”: The update for the Windows version of PowerPoint went out before the Mac version. The reason is that we did not want to hold the Windows-version which could…

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Patch Management – Cover the whole 9 yards

I pretty often have discussions about Patch Management with our customers. I think it is a very important discussion as I see too many customers not patching at all. However, taking the shining examples – they often look at the Microsoft product suite “only”. You might remember that I blogged about my experience with this…


Qtel’s Guide to a Faster Internet Experience

I like that: As you probably know, I did a tour through the Gulf when we launched the Security Intelligence Report last year. One of the reasons was that we know that the Gulf has a pretty high malware infection rate. You can read this in the corresponding blog post: Security Intelligence Report v5 Live!…

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Would a properly managed IT have withstood Conficker?

Before I start here: Let’s be clear that I will not say (and will never say) that if a customer was infected with Conficker he had a poorly managed network! I had a lot of discussions over the course of time about the reasons for customers being infected. We all know the attack vectors of…

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Is there a Correlation between Stolen Software (Piracy) and Security/Patching?

Remark: A few weeks ago I made a post where I asked you about the correlation between Piracy and Security. I was talking about Piracy (stolen software) and got a lot of answers about Privacy (Data Protection) . So the following post is about stolen and illegal software… I was recently asked in a panel…

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Russian Roulette with your Network

First of all, before I really start, I hope that you all had a great start in 2009. Mine was actually pretty mixed. The good side was, how my year really started and what I saw when I looked out the window at January 1st (yes, I was on vacation skiing and this was how…

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98% unpatched – and I am one of them :(

Well, you saw my post earlier this week on the 1.96% of PCs being updated according to Secuina. Well, as time does, I decided to install this tool as well to look at it. I did an initial scan on my home PC and this was the outcome:   Outch, this hurts my soul but…

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Only 1.91% of PCs are patched!

Well, honestly, I am not completely clear how statistically relevant this data point is. I just read it in a secunia blog where they published figures of users of their free solution. This is data of the last few weeks and looks into the results of the first scan of the product on a PCs….