Data Privacy Day in a World of Cloud Computing

Since 2006, some European countries have marked Data Privacy Day, initially to raise awareness. Today, privacy is a critical consideration to cloud computing. People will not use technology they do not trust, and data privacy is an important consideration in building that trust. New technologies can make people question how their own information is controlled. As Brendon Lynch, Chief Privacy Officer mentions in his Microsoft on the Issues blog, Microsoft … Read more »

Privacy considerations in a cloudy world

In today’s high tech world, individuals from around the globe can comment in real time on others social media posts and current events instantaneously. With just a few keystrokes, data, thoughts and ideas can reach around the world. In this fast paced environment, consideration of what you choose to share and to whom is more important than ever. Likewise, as organizations take advantage of the scale and economies offered by … Read more »

Navigating Security in the Age of the Breach at the Evanta CIO Executive Summit

Last month, I had the honor of moderating a panel of esteemed executives at the 2014 Evanta CIO Executive Summit in Chicago, Illinois. The topic for discussion was “Navigating Security in the Age of the Breach.” The panelists included Paul Martin, CVP & CIO Baxter International Inc., Preston Simons, VP, IT & CIO Abbott, and Marc Varner, CISO McDonald’s Corporation. The group discussed security strategies, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) … Read more »

From the Cloud Security Alliance Congress EMEA: How IP addresses associated with malware infected devices help protect Microsoft cloud customers

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Recently, I delivered a keynote at the Cloud Security Alliance Congress EMEA in Rome, Italy. The speaker list at this conference was impressive and the attendees had great questions and diverse perspectives to share. During my keynote I talked about many different things related to security and privacy. One topic that garnered a lot of attention was how Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) tracks malware around the world and uses this … Read more »

Hundreds of Millions of Microsoft Customers Now Benefit from Best-in-Class Encryption

Last month, we shared some important encryption advancements as part of our ongoing commitment to increase data protection for customers using our network and services. Today, we are pleased to share that Microsoft is bringing encryption technologies currently available in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, to older versions of our platforms. Through Microsoft Update, we are delivering best-in-class encryption to the hundreds of millions of Microsoft customers who … Read more »

IoT Security Does Not Have to be an Oxymoron – Part 2

As my colleague Kevin Sullivan wrote in part 1 of this two-part series, the Internet of Things (IoT) holds great promise for organizations and consumers. But like many new technologies, it brings with it a number of security and privacy challenges. The industry can work to help address many of these challenges by building on some of the lessons learned from decades of experience connecting traditional computing devices to the … Read more »

IoT Security Does Not Have to be an Oxymoron

With the return of cooler weather to Seattle I appreciate that the heat at my house turns up just in time for me to get home. From an efficiency perspective, it is comforting to know that the heat also automatically turns down when I leave the house. These simple optimizations are just the beginning of what the Internet of Things can enable in our everyday lives. I am looking forward … Read more »

Privacy: Minding your business

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Many years ago I was in a gang. Think short trousers, treehouses and walkie-talkies made from string and tin cans rather than the streets of LA. To be in our gang we had a rule; you had to each pick another member and tell him something in private, something only you and he would know. Needless to say we all knew each other’s secret within a few minutes. Fortunately at … Read more »

Microsoft Antimalware for Azure Cloud Services and Virtual Machines now Available for Free

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Microsoft Antimalware for Azure Cloud Services and Virtual Machines is now generally available for Microsoft Azure customers. This new security extension for Microsoft Azure provides an additional layer of security by helping to identify, block and remove malicious software on virtual machines managed by Azure customers. It provides real time protection from the latest threats, can perform on-demand scanning, and monitoring at no additional charge to Microsoft Azure customers. Customers … Read more »

Microsoft’s Commitment to Protect Customer Data through Encryption Continues

Late last year, Microsoft embarked on a comprehensive engineering effort to strengthen encryption across our networks and services in light of concerns about government surveillance. Since then, we’ve made great progress in several key areas. For instance, Office 365 has rolled out the general availability of message encryption. Outlook.com is now further protected by Transport Layer Security, or TLS, encryption for both outbound and inbound email. OneDrive now has Perfect … Read more »