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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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Don’t Trust Your Servers

by Neil MacDonald  |  June 17, 2011

One of the toughest problems in information security is addressing advanced intrusions that have bypassed traditional security controls and now reside undetected on enterprise systems. With financially motivated attacks and...

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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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Google’s Chrome Browser has a Zero Day – So?

by Neil MacDonald  |  May 13, 2011

I saw this article recently describing an attack against one or more zero day vulnerabilities in Google’s Chrome browser. Worse, the attack reportedly is able to break outside of the...

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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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Two Lessons for Information Security from the iPhone and iPad

by Neil MacDonald  |  May 2, 2011

Rapid adoption rates, three hundred and fifty thousand apps, but not much malware. What gives? 1) The power of whitelisting. Call it what you may, but having Apple act as...

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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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Observations from Microsoft’s Management Summit

by Neil MacDonald  |  March 22, 2011

I’ve spent the past day and a half attending Microsoft’s Management Summit in Las Vegas. From my perspective the announcement that will affect the most enterprises from a security perspective...

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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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