Royal Holloway MSc in Computer Security

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Thank you to everyone I met at Royal Holloway from the MSc in Computer Security (distance learning) course. I can honestly say I rarely get to meet to many interesting people in a single room. I thoroughly enjoyed presenting about Microsoft Security and debating with you all during the day.

Here are some links to the topics I discussed:

Security Configuration Wizard

Secure Wireless


SysInternals - where I downloaded Process Explorer, RegMon, FileMon, RootkitRevealer, AutoRuns et al from

Rights Management

Network Access Protection / Quarantine

BlogCast showing how to configure WPA

Industry Insiders - a place were you can post your thoughts - they may end up on

Effective ways to use least privilege

Mark's video showing how Malware works and how to combat it

Writing Secure Code - an excellent book by Michael Howard and David LeBlanc

My apologies to the chap who presented on Rights Management - I couldn't help ask my question about "why not just use the RMS capabilities of Office System 2003 and Windows Server" - I like nice elegant solutions.

Comments (4)

  1. Steve Greenham says:

    Hi Steve – thanks for your talk. I guess the issue about using RMS in Office 2003 is down to how many eggs you want to put in one basket? You were also going to let us know what is happening with Groove? The students on the course have been using Groove very extensively to share information over the last couple of years so there was quite a strong reaction when MS bought the company.

  2. Matt Palmer says:

    It was great to hear you speak about security, and good to see Microsoft is serious about it.

    I especially liked the Security Configuration Wizard demo. If there’s one thing that’s the enemy of security, it’s complexity.

    Thanks for coming and sharing your thoughts with us,

  3. Matt Dickins says:

    Matt – Wizards are far from everything. I prefer getting down and dirty with the OS 🙂

    Steve L – May I make a shrude suggestion…. haircut… lol

  4. Steve Lamb says:

    Matt> A friend of mine recently said "a good GUI is one that doesn’t get in the way of you finding the Cli" – SCW has both 🙂

    That picture has actually led me to HAVING a hair cut – it’s much shorter now!

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