As I have mentioned before, our focus on security has been something of a quiet revolution and it's showing dividends in the products as we look at things like days of vulnerability.
Email is of course a key area of concern from a security point of view as business become so reliant on it. I recently did a weeks cold turkey without my email and it was painful - but liberating :)
With this in mind, Mike Nash, our VP for security is hosting a webcast on this topic on Dec 20th covering email security. You can tuen in to learn about anti-virus, anti-spam, and firewall technologies that can help you stop e-mail threats at every layer of your network—gateway, server, and client. Mike and a panel of industry experts will discuss strategies, technologies, deployment procedures, and best practices that will help you strengthen your e-mail infrastructure and minimize your attack surface. Get actionable guidance on the software, services, and processes you can put in place to protect your network.
Security is priority 1 these days at Microsoft and it's great to see the changes that have happened since we learnt from stuff like Slammer and other security issues over the last few years. MSDN has now setup a great site called Developer Dave that helps developers think about security when building applications. I guess it's not always highest on the prio list for developers and we can possibly help here:
"When it comes to ensuring the integrity of your applications, the only approach guaranteed to work is to do it yourself. Learning about security doesn't have to cramp your creativity; this site contains loads of invaluable, constantly updated resources to help you protect what you build. Unlike Dave."
There are some great resources here for desktop, enterprise and web developers. Whitepapers, How To's, Tools and Utils and more.
check out http://mobile.msn.com/search/ from your (Windows) mobile phone and hit "mobile" from the results to see MSN Mobile’s new adaptive rendering technology. Cool cool!
I love it when our partners show me stuff that I hadn't seen myself - the challenges of our millions of web pages :) Richard from Anglia (who were the first partner in the UK to get the mobility competency this week - congrats), highlighted the MSDN Nuggets site so I went and checked it out. I ain't no developer but the stuff on here and the format in which it's being delivered is pretty cool if you're developer focused.
"Don't have the time to read a 10-page how-to article or watch a full length webcast? Try an MSDN Nugget, a webcast that takes you step-by-step to discovering new functionality or exploring a hot developer topic, all in 10-15 minutes. View them online now or download for later reference. To view MSDN Nuggets you need Windows Media Player 9 Screen codec support on WMP 7 and above."
(duration approx. 12mins 57secs) (published on 01/07/2005)
Well that was a short week off that felt like a long time - it's been a while coming :)
I'll be slogging through my inbox this week but thought I would highlight the upcoming ISV community day on 7 December at Thames Valley Park, Reading where we'll cover SQL 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 in some deatil both for business and technial folks. You can find out more and register on our website.