New MSI available for the Vista Security Guide

Please download the latest Windows Installer .MSI file to ensure you have the latest version of the Windows Vista Security Guide. The Windows Installer .MSI file for Version 1.1 of the Windows Vista Security Guide which was available for download from December 4, 2006 thru December 14, 2006 did not include all of the files…

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Computer Investigations Beta – Now open!

Our team has just shipped a Beta release of the Fundamental Computer Investigation Guide for Windows. This new SolutionAccelerator will provide IT Professionals with the tools, processes, and best practices necessary to conduct an internal computer investigation. By participating in this Beta review, you will get an early look at the guide and have the…


Good News: PCI Standards Updated

If you deal with credit cards at your company, you probably have had to worry about the Payment Card Industry data security standards.  Earlier this month, five credit card companies got together to create the PCI Security Standards Council (https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/).  This council will develop the PCI Data Security Standards going forward. To celebrate the formation…

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The Windows Vista Security Guide Beta Program Wants You!

Participate in a pre-release review program for the Windows Vista Security Guide.  The Program ends September 26. This guide will provide IT Professionals with specific recommendations and tools about how to guard against real-world security threats, such as malware, and how to better protect sensitive data. It will be available as a free download on…

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What Are Your Regulatory Compliance Pains?

We are in the process of planning our roadmap for upcoming guidance.  One of the areas we’d like to focus on is regulatory compliance.  Therefore, we’d like to ask for your input: What are the biggest regulatory compliance pains that you have to deal with? Your input will definitely be considered as we make our…

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Regulatory Compliance Webcast Coming Soon

Ross Carter and Bill Canning of the Microsoft Solutions for Security and Compliance team will be conducting a webcast on September 14th to discuss their recently released Regulatory Compliance Planning Guide.  The webcast will start at 11:00am Pacific Time.  For more information, or to register for the about the webcast, please see http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032305750&Culture=en-US. If you…

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Laptop Data Protection: We need your help!

Are you responsible for data protection on your organization’s mobile computers?  If so, we need your help! My team has just begun a project focused on protecting data on laptops against loss or theft.  To ensure that we deliver a solution that is as useful as possible, we need to really understand our customers’ requirements. …

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Windows Vista Security Guide Update

Fellow MSSCer José Maldonado just posted an update on the Windows Vista Security Guide – one of our very important solutions-in-progress – to the Windows Vista Security blog. Enjoy! Derick CampbellMicrosoft Solutions for Security and Compliance


Are you thinking about laptop protection?

If you are thinking about laptop protection, specifically how to protect your company’s laptops if they are lost or stolen, we would like to hear from you.  My group (Microsoft Solutions for Security and Compliance) is looking at this topic, and would love to hear what you have done or are planning to do to address this…

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Long Passphrases Rock!

There’s been a lot of conversation about this topic recently on my project team, and I’m starting to agree that long non-complex passwords seem to be a better way to go than shorter “complex” passwords.  Check out this article in Infoworld for an interesting article from Roger Grimes of Foundstone: http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/07/21/30OPsecadvise_1.html. As far as life…

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