Enabling Digital Society

Using the Cloud and Mobility to enable citizens to take part in their world!

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    Job Opening–Software Security Expert

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    Do you have a passion for securing software systems? Are you an expert in the field of software security? Are you persuasive? Would you like the challenge of finding and delivering best of industry consulting in software security? Can you generate business...
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    Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) 3.0 is Live

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      Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) 3.0 – Now Available! The increasing use of virtual machines—for purposes ranging from support of older operating system environments to power savings—has created new challenges for IT. In particular, virtual...
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    Session Schedule

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    Well we’re getting the schedule ironed out. My sessions are listed below. You WILL come to them won’t you!   SEC402 Federated Identity in the Cloud Wednesday, August 25  13:45 - 15:00 Rocky Heckman Does this sound like you: You want to provide...
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    Getting Hyped for Tech Ed AU

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    Well it’s almost time for Tech Ed Australia again. I’m busy prepping sessions and getting excited. After two years of putting everyone in the track but myself, I’m back in it. Two sessions this year, Federated Identity in the Cloud and Hacking: Top 5...
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    Another try with OneNote 2010 as a Blog Writer

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    I'm a Windows Live Writer fan by habit. It works well and does everything I need. But now that I'm on Office 2010 , I want to see how well OneNote works. I use OneNote a lot at work and for client meetings. It's great for any research and interviews...
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    Ok, Back in Tech Ed Au 2010

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    Well, it looks like I will get to influence the Security Track at Tech Ed Australia 2010! So we’re back in action. If you have a great session, and I’m talking level 300 or 400 sessions, go to the Call For Content link http://australia.msteched.com/cft...
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    Security starts with consistent development practices

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    If you want to develop secure reliable software, you have to start with a known quantity. Every time you try to re-write or re-invent a piece of code, you run the risk of introducing vulnerabilities.  As I always say, use tried and tested components...
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    Windows Security Compliance…. Easy

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    The future of security baseline management has arrived. The new Security Compliance Manager will enable you to plan, deploy, operate, and manage your organization’s security baselines for Windows® client and server operating systems, and Microsoft applications...
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    Springboard Virtual Roundtable - The Last Mile: Pilot and Deploy Windows 7

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    On April 29th, Microsoft Technical Fellow, Mark Russinovich, will be leading a discussion around the process of planning, testing, assessing and rolling out Windows 7 in an enterprise organization. Mark will be joined by a panel of IT professionals who...
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    Azure Access Control Service Client Patterns Part 1

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    One of the very cool features of the Windows Azure AppFabric , which is now commercially available as of the 12th of April 2010, is the Access Control service. This service provides authentication services for not only your Azure based cloud services...
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    Gotcha’s when dealing with WRAP Protocol v0.8 / v0.9

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    If you have downloaded and used the Azure Training kit you may have noticed that some of the samples use the WRAP v0.8 protocol in the Access Control Service demos.  Then if you get some of the sample code from some of the PDC 09 demos, and try to...
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    Finally Azure available in Australia (and 40 other countries)

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    For those of you who were waiting to get a chance at Azure, we’ve now expanded Azure to 41 other countries including Australia .  Currency pricing is still in USD, EUR or AUD though.  But I suppose places like Hong Kong are pretty used to converting...
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    Visual Studio 2010 is HERE!

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    Visual Studio 2010 is finally on the shelves so to speak.  Today is the opening of general availability for VS 2010.  I’ve been using it for a while for my Azure development among other things and I have to say I like it.  I was a bit concerned...
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    Time to think about Tech Ed ‘10

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    Well, while the newness hasn’t worn off the netbooks from Tech Ed AU ‘09 , it’s already time to start thinking of Tech Ed AU 2010.  I believe I will be the track owner for the Security Track again this year and this year, I want it to be the best...
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    Maybe Windows really is the best OS in the world.

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    All over the internet and blogshpere there are varying opinions, bordering on religious fanaticism, of which OS is the best. I obviously have my opinion too. There has been a lot of work done around trying to quantify what constitutes the best way to...
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    Happy Holidays

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    I’ve been trying to be more active on my blog now that I have made time for it.  But with the holidays upon us, I may skip a week or two. ;-) Above all, I wish everyone a happy holiday season and an excellent new year!
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    Follow-up from previous SQL Injection post.

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    So first off, Thank you to Jim Manico for his comment on my previous post which lead me to create this post. I will includes quotes from Jim’s comment for reference here. JM : “ I think you are terribly wrong, and its important we clear this up .”...
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    “there is no bigger attach vector than with a parameterized sp” NOT!!

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    I recently posted an article on our ACE Team blog (you can read it here if you are interested) There were a few comments about the use of Dynamic SQL that made me realise that not everyone “get’s it” yet. Here are the comments that started the discussion...
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    Too much advertising, not enough value.

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    I’ve been noticing a disturbing trend lately. Everyone is so hard up to get on the Internet Advertising band wagon and make their millions that they have given up providing content. In fact when you look at a lot of “news sites” it seems that they don...
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    Rules to stop bad guys

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    I just posted an article to our team blog about simple development rules to stop the bad guys. Head over and have a read. You can find the post on the ACE Team blog . I know it’s a repost, but sometimes it beats re-writing. ;-)
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    Bitlocker Broken/Cracked… NOT!

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    Ok, I’ve been trying to keep my cool on this whole thing but enough is enough. A few days ago ars technica ran a hype-story called “First commercial tool to crack BitLocker arrives” (no, I’m not going to link to it because they don’t deserve the traffic...
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    Travel Woes.

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    You know if you travel a lot, the law of averages says that you have a higher chance of things going wrong on a trip. For example, getting a bag lost or a missed flight. Well that happened to me yesterday. I was on my way up to Brissie. My flight from...
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    Trusting Web 2.0 – NOT!

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    Yesterday, I did a presentation at a customer site for their lunch time security talks. It was about Web 2.0 and protecting yourself online. One of the things I mentioned in my talk was how much people are trusting, blindly, what they see on the social...
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    Firefox leads IE...in vulnerabilities

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    I was reading through the Cenzic Web Application Security Trends Report for Q1/Q2 2009 . Very interesting results. Now, I define interesting a bit differently. People LOVE to throw mud at Microsoft. They think we are the only company who has vulnerabilities...
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    Wow, Canberra Centre goes High Tech Parking

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    Well, Canberra isn’t exactly a huge city, and because of that, well that and the fact that it’s populated by politicians who go home on the weekends, it tends to lag behind in tech and modern conveniences.  Today when I met Jeffa36 at the Canberra...
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