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What the Most Recent Zero Day in IE Should Teach Us

by Neil Macdonald  |  September 22, 2012

  I saw yesterday that Microsoft had released the out of band patch for Internet Explorer as they had committed to do. Certainly, Microsoft’s motivation to quickly release the patch...

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Is Antivirus Obsolete?

by Neil Macdonald  |  September 13, 2012

I blogged about this question years ago, but a recent blog on CSO got me thinking once again. Has anything changed? Thoughts: 1) The question “Has antivirus outlived its value?”...

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US Symposium Summary from a Security Perspective

by Neil Macdonald  |  October 24, 2011

Last week I attended Gartner’s US Symposium conference in Orlando. With 8,000+ attendees (25% of which were CIOs) and at least 1,000 more analysts, vendors and support staff, you can...

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Windows 8 Raises the Bar for Security

by Neil Macdonald  |  September 28, 2011

I’ve been out the past two weeks visiting with clients and have been meaning to summarize my impression of the upcoming Windows 8 (expected mid 2012) from a security point...

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The Single Most Important Way to Improve Endpoint Security

by Neil Macdonald  |  August 23, 2011

Run more of your Windows users without administrator rights. I’ve talked about this several times before – including here, here and here. While it may not be feasible to remove...

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Full Drive Encryption is not just for Laptops

by Neil Macdonald  |  August 22, 2011

I’ve had two discussions with clients today already on the role of full drive encryption ( FDE technologies such as Microsoft’s BitLocker, McAfee Total Protection, Sophos/Utimaco, Symantec PGP, Check Point,...

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Microsoft’s Forefront Endpoint Protection – Is it “Good Enough”?

by Neil Macdonald  |  August 4, 2011

Licensing changes for Microsoft’s enterprise endpoint antimalware protection solution that were announced in March at Microsoft’s MMS conference take affect this month. If you are licensed under Microsoft’s Core Client...

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IT Operations and Security Convergence? Not Really.

by Neil Macdonald  |  May 17, 2011

I’m having lots of discussions with clients on Microsoft’s new Forefront Endpoint Protection offering that was released in December of 2010. In addition to recent licensing changes, the biggest change...

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Removing Administrator Rights for Windows Users is not “Lockdown”

by Neil Macdonald  |  May 4, 2011

In discussions with clients, I still run into some confusion on whether or not removal of administrator rights constitutes “lockdown”. Perhaps this was the case a few years ago with...

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