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  • Blog Post: Security Compliance Manager 2.5 now available for download!

    Security Compliance Manager 2.5 (SCM 2.5) is now available for download! SCM 2.5 is a free tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team that enables you to quickly configure and manage both desktops and servers using Group Policy and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. In addition to...
  • Blog Post: Security Talk Series - Discussing the Latest in Security and Privacy

    Managing security and privacy can be a daunting task; so where do you begin? Join us for these interactive online series to help you learn how to better address your day-to-day security and privacy challenges, drawing from the experience of some of our top security industry experts. Discover the various...
  • Blog Post: Rediscover security guidance from Microsoft Solution Accelerators

    Ever wonder what happened to the security guides from Microsoft Solution Accelerators? Your go-to security guidance from Solution Accelerators hasn’t disappeared, it’s just been repackaged. The previously stand-alone Microsoft product-specific security guides are now included within the Microsoft Security...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft IT Leverages Security Enhancements from Windows Server 2008 R2

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of How Microsoft IT Leverages Security Enhancements from Windows Server 2008 R2 , which discusses how Microsoft IT leverages the significant security enhancements in Windows Server 2008 R2 to offer an environment that is more secure. Windows...
  • Blog Post: Newly released: Windows Server 2008 R2 Security Baseline

    We’re pleased to announce that the first of the baselines included in the Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta Review Program is now available for download! The Windows Server® 2008 R2 Security Baseline is a new addition to the security baselines released earlier this year that can be used in combination...
  • Blog Post: Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta review program

    The latest release in the Security Compliance Manager Baseline Beta review program is a new security baseline for Microsoft ® Exchange Server 2007. This resource is an exciting new addition to the security baselines released earlier this year that can be used in combination with the Security Compliance...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Compliance Manager

    Take advantage of the experience of Microsoft security professionals, and reduce the time and money required to harden your environment. This end-to-end Solution Accelerator will help you plan, deploy, operate, and manage your security baselines for Windows® client and server operating systems, and Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Volume 8 Released

    Hi All, Please visit http://www.microsoft.com/security/about/sir.aspx to view the latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR), volume 8, and previous volumes. SIR Volume 8 covers July 2009 to December 2009. SIR provides in-depth perspective on changing threat landscape including: · Software vulnerability...
  • Blog Post: McAfee false positive detection of w32/wecorl.a when using 5958 DAT file

    Hi All, McAfee has identified an issue where a specific DAT file version is causing a false positive detection of the w32/wecorl.a virus. When this false positive occurs, Svchost.exe is blocked and quarantined, which will cause the machine in question to shut down with a DCOM error, and can in some circumstances...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Support Lifecycle Service Pack Support Policy Revision

      Microsoft has announced a revision to the Support Lifecycle Service Pack Support Policy, to provide customers with additional support options while they migrate to a supported Service Pack.    Under the former policy, when a Service Pack reached the end of support, customers were unable...
  • Blog Post: Now Available for download: Security Compliance Manager

    Introducing the future of security baseline management: Accelerate, customize, deploy, and comply. The Solution Accelerators Team is pleased to announce the release of the Security Compliance Manager. This new tool is designed to help organizations plan, deploy, operate, and manage their security baselines...
  • Blog Post: Security Compliance Manager - Beta Now Open!

    Hi All, The Security Compliance Manager provides centralized security baseline management features, a baseline portfolio, customization capabilities, and security baseline export flexibility to accelerate your organization’s ability to efficiently manage the security and compliance process for the most...
  • Blog Post: Scareware and Malvertising

    Hi All, Scareware, also known as rogue security software , is a fake ad for security software.  It is designed to trick consumers and business users into downloading malicious software to their computers. Rogue security software might report a virus, when the machine is actually clean.  The...
  • Blog Post: Securing Business Workflows and Networks for Partners

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Securing Business Workflows and Networks for Partners , which discusses how Microsoft IT used its own technologies to provide information to partners without jeopardizing security.  In designing the corporate extranet, Microsoft took...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the release of the Security Compliance Management Toolkit Series

    Hi All, The Security Compliance Management Toolkit series marks the next generation of the Microsoft Security Guides by automating the included security baselines.  This release includes updated security guides, pre-defined group policies, the GPOAccelerator tool, and Configuration Packs to help...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Guidance Published - Conficker

    Based on customer feedback, Microsoft has developed a central location for both consumers and enterprises for all consolidated information regarding the Conficker incident. We have notified our partners of this information and encourage them to distribute to their customers. Microsoft Conficker guidance...
  • Blog Post: Securing the Client Infrastructure

    Hi All, We have put together a variety of training resources to assist you in securing your Client Infrastructure.  The Learning Paths provide a range of Microsoft training references and resources on security threats and appropriate countermeasures. The learning resources are organized by level...
  • Blog Post: More detail about MS08-067, the out-of-band netapi32.dll security update

    Today Microsoft released a security update that fixes a remote code execution vulnerability in the Windows Server Service. This is a serious vulnerability and we have seen targeted attacks using this vulnerability to compromise fully-patched Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 computers so we have released...
  • Blog Post: Zermatt Beta Launched and available

    “Zermatt” is a .NET developer framework and SDK that helps developers build claims-aware applications to address today’s application security requirements using a simplified model that is open and extensible, can improve security, and boosts productivity for developers. Developers can build externalized...
  • Blog Post: The Security Compliance Management Toolkit Solution Accelerator

    Hi All, The Security Compliance Management toolkit is designed to help your organization accomplish the following steps for this process: · Plan how to effectively meet your regulatory compliance requirements · Deploy a security baseline using the GPOAccelerator tool. · Monitor your environment...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft IT Manages Physical Security through Strategic IT Convergence

    The purpose of World Wide Security Operations is to protect Microsoft's assets in a manner consistent with corporate culture. Through the strategic deployment of security systems, Corporate Security is improving the way that they protect Microsoft assets, information, and employees. The goal of this...
  • Blog Post: Security Compliance Management - Beta Now Available!

    Hi All, The Security Compliance Management toolkit provides customers with best practices from Microsoft about how to plan, set, get and remediate a security baseline, along with tools that you can use to verify the implementation of recommended security baselines from Microsoft for Windows Vista, Windows...
  • Blog Post: How MSIT Uses Terminal Services as a Scalable Remote Access Solution

    The MSIT pilot project of Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services was so successful that Microsoft IT went on to test the scalability and performance into the production environment. The environment acts as a SSL-based remote access solution and MSIT was able to create a scalable remote access solution...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Security Guide Released

    Hi All, I thought you’d be interested in a new Solution Accelerator just released called the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide . The Windows Server 2008 Security Guide provides IT professionals like you with best practices, predefined security templates, and an automated deployment tool...
  • Blog Post: System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007

    Hi All, Here’s a whole heap of information that is now available on System Centre that you may not be aware of: Microsoft System Center and Windows Server 2008: Better Together http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=DEEDD56C-46E0-4351-A31D-8669132FE1BB&displaylang...
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