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Even With Windows 7, Privilege Management Tools May be Needed

by Neil MacDonald  |  April 8, 2011

One of the top recommendations I made to increase your security “bang for the buck” in 2011 was to increase the percentage of users that run without administrative access. For...

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Yes, Standard Users can Install Software

by Neil MacDonald  |  March 15, 2011

The conventional wisdom is that a user who is configured with “standard user” privileges (the least possible in Windows 7) cannot install software (or malware for that matter). This is...

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Is Microsoft’s Secure Development Lifecycle Losing Its Effectiveness?

by Neil MacDonald  |  March 7, 2011

I was performing some background research on the number and severity of vulnerabilities produced by Apple, Microsoft and other vendors when I ran across something quite interesting. (BTW - I...

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Identifying Browsers and Plugins That Might Represent a Risk

by Neil MacDonald  |  January 21, 2011

In my kick off post for 2011, I talked about the need for IT to expand the depth and breadth of patching. In the follow-on post, I talked about the...

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Improving Your 2011 Security Bang for the Buck Continued

by Neil MacDonald  |  January 6, 2011

In my previous post, I kicked off 2011 with a recommendation for improving your “security bang for the buck” or quick wins for information security in 2011 – increasing patching...

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Antivirus is Dead. Long Live Antivirus.

by Neil MacDonald  |  December 23, 2010

Signature-based antimalware detection is increasingly ineffective against an explosion in the number of malware variants as well as an increase in the number of financially motivated targeted attacks. Does this...

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Lessons from the Windows Firewall on the Evolution of Virtualization Security

by Neil MacDonald  |  November 8, 2010

In this research note on deploying Windows 7 security features for clients, I explore in detail the security capabilities baked into Windows 7 – AppLocker, BitLocker, BitLocker To Go, the...

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Cloudstreams: The Next Cloud Integration Challenge

by Daryl Plummer  |  November 8, 2010

I’m about to introduce a term to describe a solid trend in cloud computing integration – Cloudstreams. It will come as no surprise to those of you who have spoken...

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Is Windows Losing Market Share?

by Neil MacDonald  |  October 28, 2010

During our interview last week with Steve Ballmer, one point of contention was whether or not Windows was losing market share. The context of the question was a discussion on...

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Ray Ozzie’s Last Memo

by Neil MacDonald  |  October 26, 2010

In 2005, Ray Ozzie penned his famous memo in which he laid out the challenge for Microsoft as it entered the era of cloud-based services. I interviewed Ray Ozzie to...

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