Secure Web Applications – The Microsoft Way

A question came up this week on how to Secure Web Applications the Microsoft way. Microsoft has extensive prescriptive guidance that applies to secure online applications.   Defense in Depth 1.       Start by building on a Secure Platform: ·         Windows Server 2003 with latest Service Pack – http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/default.mspx ·         Windows SQL Server 2005 with Latest Service…

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Why Social Engineering always works :(

What is Social Engineering & why should you care?   Social engineering (security) – a definition from Wikipedia: Social engineering is a collection of techniques used to manipulate people into performing actions or divulging confidential information.  While similar to a confidence trick or simple fraud, the term typically applies to trickery for information gathering or…

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Online Internet Safety Resources

Here are some resources from the Microsoft’ Internet Safety Toolkit below to help keep you kids and family safe online: • StaySafe.org (http://www.staysafe.org) – Educational site intended to help consumers understand both the positive aspects of the Internet as well as how to manage a variety of safety and security issues that exist online   • Be Web…

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Espionage & Counter Intelligence for the "Average Joe"

Today in the news there was a story of a major security breach where nuclear secrets were stolen from Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  A contract employee allegedly obtained highly classified information on uranium enrichment to be sold to a foreign country.  See the news article on MSNBC:  National lab worker accused of stealing secrets.  It’s…

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You don’t have to be a Rocket Scientist to stay safe online.

Simply following a few basic safety tips can minimize your risk of being hacked; having your identity stolen; or accidently exposing your children to adult content on the Web.   How?  Take the time to understand the threats and how to respond to them.  Realize that the Internet is a dangerous place with people you…

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