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  • Blog Post: Want to hear us talking about security and our roadmap?

    Every year, we get lots of feedback from our customers, through a variety of different routes: we conduct an annual customer satisfaction survey, which gives an overall picture we deal with individual customers through our support, customer care and partner management teams we see literally millions...
  • Blog Post: Free anti-virus protection for home computers – good news for staff and students

    I was suprised to discover I hadn’t blogged this before. So if you’ve renewed an anti-virus subscription for your home computer since last October, when this was launched, then I’m sorry! We have launched a free anti-virus programme, Microsoft Security Essentials , which is for Windows XP, Windows...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows 7 DirectAccess to connect staff to your university network securely

    Ever since Windows 7 was launched, I’ve had a steady stream of people asking me if I know of educational establishments who have implemented DirectAccess . DirectAccess allows you to setup your staff laptops so that they can always have secure access to your university network wherever they are, but...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 – All of the Release Candidate DVD's have gone...

    Sorry, they've all gone now! Although you’ve probably already downloaded this over your megastream Internet links, I’ve laid my hands on some ‘Windows 7 Release Candidate’ DVDs just in case . Over the next week, I’ve got a series of blog posts planned to talk about some of the features of Windows...
  • Blog Post: Identity Management and Access for Education including live@edu

        Microsoft’s partner, Oxford Computer Group, is running a seminar in Reading on 4 June, details below: Seminar: Identity and Access for Education, including Live@edu, ILM ‘‘2’’ and IAG Attend this free seminar to learn about Live@edu and solutions for identity and access management in Education...
  • Blog Post: The Fat Lady sings

    “Ed the Fed” has written to me again. For those who are new to the blog, Ed’s a legend around here as the Microsoft UK Chief Cyber-Security Advisor. We call him “Ed the Fed”, because of his career history at the FBI and other places – which obviously makes him an ideal person to ask about Information...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer patch – time to roll it out

    I’m sure you’ve already got this covered, but just in case you have missed it, we released the update for Internet Explorer overnight to resolve the security glitch that the BBC et al have been getting all frothed up about. If you’ve got automatic updates set up on your own computer, or your network...
  • Blog Post: BitLocker’d up

    To the famous Diana Ross tune I’m Coming Out * I’m BitLocker’d up, I want the world to know, Got to let it show, I’m BitLocker’d up, I want the world to know, Got to let it show… I don’t know why it took me so long to get started. My new laptop has a TPM chip in it, and even though it doesn’t contain...
  • Blog Post: Some help to keep your students safer from email scams

    For many students starting at university this year it will be their first experience of living independently and many will be feeling vulnerable and perhaps not always on their guard from potential scams.  Email is a lifeline for millions of students and regrettably it is being exploited by a minority...
  • Blog Post: Where will your laptops be this summer?

    According to recent research , 900-1000 laptops go missing every week at Heathrow ... that is 52,000 a year. Worldwide, 800,000 laptops are lost or stolen at airports every year. Even more incredibly, the survey also reveals that many travellers fail to take any steps to protect the information contained...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Information Security Symposium Event

    The steam roller of Information Security continues to run down the hill towards education. Becta’s in the driving seat, and they haven’t really started the engine. By the time the new term begins, there will be new guidance on what you should be doing ( read my previous posts on the Schools Blog ). So...
  • Blog Post: Is your data at risk?

    2008 hasn't really started any better than 2007 finished - a laptop is stolen from the boot of a car, containing 600,000 personal data records - heaping data disaster upon data disaster . Reality says that laptops will be stolen, even when we think they are secure. I've had a laptop stolen from a hotel...
  • Blog Post: IE7 update coming your way - automatically...

    This isn't specific to education, and I'm sure that if you need to know things like this, you'll automatically be registered to our update and security blogs, but for the network managers out there, here's a quick note: Windows Update will automatically deploy Internet Explorer 7 next month, if you are...
  • Blog Post: IT Forum: Windows Vista and Security

    In a recent survey, 70% of (male) drivers said that their driving skills were "above average". Which tells you that most people think that they are better drivers than the others on the road. Well, PC security is probably like this - most users think that they know more about making the right decisions...
  • Blog Post: IT Forum: Threat Research and Response

    Vinny Guloto, General Manager for the Malware Protection Centre, presented today on the work that the centre is putting into the world of threat research, and both reactive and proactive response. One of the interesting slides that Vinny used was about the history of development of industry standards...
  • Blog Post: 7 tips for working securely from wireless hotspots

    Like last week's posting, on 10 ways to work more securely , was a handy way of reminding your staff about common sense steps that they can take to keep their own personal PCs secure, as well as contributing to the organisation security you're managing. Well, here's another list in a similar vein, that...
  • Blog Post: 10 Ways to Work More Securely

    What's the biggest risk to your IT system security? Probably your users! For all of the efforts that you make, it only takes one user to do something really dumb inappropriate, and suddenly you're back to firefighting. And how many times have you had to remind your users about some of the things in this...
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