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I'm a technical writer at Microsoft who writes about SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync, and how you can use them with Office 365.
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    Online Exchange Forums

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    I was doing some research on using Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS) and Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) together and some the the posts on the Exchange Online forum were helpful. You can search the forums for specific...
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    Avoid Becoming a Victim of Spam

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    I wrote this for my friends and family and I thought I'd share it here: Last week my wife got an email message that looked like it was from our bank. (The message had similar coloring and branding as our bank's) It asked her to go to another website...
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    Spammers Make 57,000 Fake Web Sites a Week

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    Last week my wife got an email message from a website that looked like our bank's website. It asked her to click a link and update her account information. She told me about it, I checked it out, and subsequently gave her a ten-minute lecture on the tricks...
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    Video Help Content at Microsoft

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    In the last year or so my team has jumped into video content. (You can see some of the results at the Forefront Online Protection for Exchange video site on Technet Edge .) It seems to me like a natural step as bandwidth increases, because in my opinion...
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    Botnets and Spam

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    Recently I've been doing some documentation work for Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (in the cloud) and Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (on premises). This work has led me to read up more on spam: its source, how it gets around...
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    Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server - New Videos

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    Our video guy, Micah LaNasa, has been really busy lately creating and posting new videos for the Forefront anti-spam products. Here are a few for Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server, which provides anti-spam, anti-malware, and anti-virus protection...
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    Forefront Online Protection for Exchange - New Videos

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    Recently, a technical writer in my group created a few videos about Forefront Online Protection for Exchange that are a great introduction to the product. If you have decided to implement it in your organization, the following videos can make the process...
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    Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server Ramp Up

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    This week I've been getting to know Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server and I thought this video on TechNet Edge was really helpful. Long, but helpful. Alexander Nikolayev, program manager for FPE, walks us through how all of the anti-spam...
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    More on Windows FCI

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    Yesterday I checked out these videos by Phil Pennington regarding the Windows File Classification Infrastructure. They were helpful. I thought the API video would be especially good for a programmer trying to ramp up with the technology.
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    Windows File Classification Infrastructure

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    This morning I've been doing some reading about Windows FCI . I've mentioned it on this blog before. In short, FCI helps you determine the business value of files on your network (typically, you'd be looking for sensitive data that you want to protect...
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    Article o' the Week

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    Cloud Awakens Microsoft's Server and Tools Giant Has the cloud awakened a sleeping giant at Microsoft? Well, as quiet at it is kept, Microsoft's strong, steady and increasingly effective Server and Tools Business has crept into the limelight as...
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    Microsoft Releases Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Beta

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    The Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 beta has released. This new release is setting the stage for the Windows 2010 security landscape, and may also reflect a revised viewpoint from Microsoft on who should do what regarding IT security, Retallack...
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    InfoWorld review: Microsoft ADFS 2.0 and Forefront Identity Manager 2010

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    Forefront Identity Manager 2010 is reviewed in this article . Forefront Identity Manager 2010 Forefront Identity Manager 2010 is a powerful platform for managing user identities, credentials, and identity-based access policies for both Windows and...
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    Protecting XPS Documents with AD RMS

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    I recently completed a video on TechNet Edge that shows how you can use XPS to protect and restrict permission to documents. Here is the description: Do you work in an organization that uses Active Directory – Rights Management Services to protect...
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    Not a Trickle, but a Fire Hose

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    Sometimes a little outside critique can be a good thing. This is an interesting blog post by Paul Thurrott about developer documentation available for the iPhone and for Windows Phone 7. I don’t agree with every point, but it’s thought provoking...
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    A Comparison: Google Apps and Microsoft's BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite)

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    The first post in this blog series looks promising. The Hit the ground running blog compares the two online productivity suites.
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    Transport Rules in Exchange

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    I think transport rules are a really neat feature in Exchange 2010. Microsoft is making inroads into the growing data-loss prevention space, and transport rules give you a taste of what this looks like. I recently came across the TechNet documentation...
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    Cloud Apps for Information Workers

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    eWeek has an interesting article, Microsoft Office 2010 Debuts, Challenges Google Apps , about Microsoft's plans to offer Office 2010 as a free service to Microsoft Live subscribers. In a step that demonstrates the rising primacy of applications that...
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    Case Study: Using File Classification Infrastructure to Classify Data and Protect Information

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    Microsoft recently released a case study that describes how Microsoft IT used FCI and the Bulk Protection Tool to classify and protect sensitive data. The File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) provides mechanisms to not only classify HBI files on...
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    Article: Security in the Cloud

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    A recent article in Fortune magazine caught my attention. It's about the cloud. It's about DLP. That's my world. It sounds like a privacy breach waiting to happen: Take some of your company's most classified information — employee records containing...
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    Gen Y Hackers

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    I thought this BBC piece was interesting about young Russian students who hack protected systems for fun. At just 20 years old, Andrei works for an information security firm. He says he does nothing illegal now, but he used to. "I started when I...
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    AD RMS/IRM Help for New Users

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    I write for a developer/IT pro audience, but I regularly have people ask me about documentation for end users (typically a knowledge worker trying to figure out how to protect documents with Word or Outlook). I usually refer people to Information Rights...
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    Required Critical Update for AD RMS Customers

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    Today Microsoft is releasing an update to AD RMS to completely remove the “application manifest expiry” feature. This update is particularly important for AD RMS customers using Internet Explorer, because the certificate for the RMA add-in for Internet...
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    Protecting a SharePoint Document Library with AD RMS

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    Many customers don't know that it's possible to use AD RMS to protect documents in a SharePoint document library. On the AD RMS team blog , Micah LaNasa recently highlighted some resources that can show you how this is done.
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    Protecting Sensitive Data with AD RMS

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    I recently did a Q and A interview with Softpedia where we discussed AD RMS and its integration into other Microsoft applications. In a nutshell, when we are talking about information protection, we typically mean the encryption of unstructured data...
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