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Microsoft Is Staying the Windows Course – Deal With It.

by John Rizzuto  |  April 23, 2013

The call is deafening – “Why doesn’t Microsoft reveal Windows 8 unit sales?” Windows 8 sales are tepid. We know this; we have seen many real data points confirming it. ...

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Virtualization, Containers and Other Sandboxing Techniques Should be on Your Radar Screen

by Neil Macdonald  |  March 16, 2013

  The idea of “sandboxing” potentially malicious content and applications isn’t new but interest in this type of approach on Windows desktops is growing. Further, the increasing variety of virtualization...

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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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Does Protecting Desktops Require a Different Vendor/Product than Protecting Servers?

by Neil Macdonald  |  September 29, 2011

I’ve made it a point over the past 6 months to ask clients if they are combining their endpoint protection platform contracts across desktops, laptops and servers. In most cases...

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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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