Top Picks from TechEd 2013 – Windows Server Active Directory (AD) Sessions

Active Directory (AD) still continues to be a topic of interest for new and seasoned IT Professionals. Directory services provide the core for organization, security and management of many type of principles.  With that in mind we wanted to highlight a couple of the top rated sessions from TechEd 2013. MORE… Read more

Microsoft Security Blog Launches “Targeted Attacks Video Series”

“Many of the CISOs I talk to tell me that “Advanced Persistent Threats” (APT) style attacks are among their top concerns.  As I have written about before, the problem with the term APT is that it doesn’t describe this category of threats very accurately.  This makes it harder to understand and mitigate this type of… Read more

Social Bots and Malware on the Rise

​Malware authors and distributors follow the money. When you consider the growing popularity of social networking websites, it should come as no surprise that malware continues to maintain its presence in this area. Every year we are spending a growing proportion of our time online using social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. What does… Read more

Operation b54 Disrupts Cybercrime Ring

In our most aggressive botnet operation to date, the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit worked with leaders of the financial services industry, other technology industry partners and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to disrupt a massive cyber threat responsible for stealing people’s online banking information and personal identities. With a court ordered civil seizure warrant from… Read more

Using PowerShell to Protect Your Private Cloud Infrastructure – Part 1

In this first part of our three part series on using PowerShell to help secure your cloud infrastructure, Yuri Diogenes and I (Tom Shinder) will talk about how you can secure data in flight within your cloud infrastructure using SMB 3.0 encryption. The ability to secure the data moving over the cloud infrastructure network is… Read more

The Microsoft Account Gets More Secure

Over the next couple days we will roll out a major upgrade to Microsoft account, including optional two-step verification to help keep your account more secure. Microsoft has increasingly focused on delivering connected devices and services that are currently used by more than 700 million people around the world. A Microsoft account is the key… Read more

SQL Server 2012 Receives Common Criteria (CC) Certificate

In February 2013 Microsoft received the Common Criteria (CC) certificate for SQL Server 2012 SP1 Enterprise Edition (English) x64 (Version 11.0.3000.0) at EAL4+ and compliant with U.S. Government Protection Profile for Database Management Systems, Version 1.3, 24 December 2010. This is the 7th CC certification for SQL Server, starting with SQL Server 2005 SP1 in… Read more

Cybersecurity 2020 – Student Essay Contest

Microsoft is looking for great student research on the future of cybersecurity policy. If you have conducted or plan to conduct such research, read on for information on how you can win a $5,000 cash prize for your research in our Cybersecurity 2020 essay contest.  Get the full details at See the official rules… Read more

New Blog: Brad Anderson Goes In the Cloud with Microsoft

Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President for the Windows Server & System Center division, launched a new blog yesterday called In the Cloud. With regular posts, podcasts, and videos, Anderson plans to use this space as a venue for discussing how IT decision makers can assemble best-of-breed cloud and datacenter solutions. In his first post, Anderson… Read more