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Archives for October, 2009


Windows 7 Ultimate… Sort of.

by Neil MacDonald  |  October 28, 2009  |  1 Comment

In my previous post, I stated this: One important note: Because many of the more popular security features such as BitLocker, BitLocker To Go, AppLocker, DirectAccess and so on require EA/SA, the cost of EA/SA must be factored into any cost-benefit analysis of migration. If you don’t already have EA/SA, this can be a significant [...]

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Windows 7 Launches With lots of Security Features

by Neil MacDonald  |  October 23, 2009  |  1 Comment

I haven’t posted in a while – I was preparing for and attending Gartner’s US Fall Symposium conference in Orlando which wrapped up yesterday. Coincidentally, yesterday was also the official launch of Windows 7. As I talked about here, there are things that organizations can do today to improve the security of their endpoints that [...]

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Looking Ahead to Windows 7 Security

by Neil MacDonald  |  October 9, 2009  |  2 Comments

I’m working on a detailed research note providing clients specific guidance on planning and deploying the 15 or so security features of Windows 7. Two things you can do now to improve Windows security (regardless of your deployment timeframes for Windows 7): 1) Get off of IE6. I don’t care if you go to IE7, [...]

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Three Things for Thursday: A Big Week

by Neil MacDonald  |  October 1, 2009  |  2 Comments

1) In this post, I discussed how Macs are indeed vulnerable and provided data showing exactly this. I observed: The vulnerabilities are there, including users that can be tricked into doing things they shouldn’t. Mac attacks happen and will become more prevalent as the OS continues to gain adoption. And then I see this article [...]

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