[LINK] Visiting Microsoft HQ to talk security: what should I ask?

Stilgherrian stil at stilgherrian.com
Wed May 5 12:57:51 AEST 2010

Later this month I'll be visiting Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, to talk security with their Trustworthy Computing Group. What topics would Linkers be interested in me covering?

If you're a crusty network administrator like me, you may think that "Microsoft" and "security" in the same sentence is an oxymoron. A decade ago I was building Linux-based firewalls and, like so many people doing the same, I referred to Windows-based computers as "the targets". And certainly the vast majority of the world's malware is targeted at Windows.

But I've always though that the simplistic "Windows is bad, m'kay" was a bit, well, simplistic. Information security isn't just about the technology, it's also about people. Human factors are also the weakest link. And over the years I've found that people who throw around those tired platform-wars slogans usually aren't up to date when it comes to the things they love to hate.

There's a lot to cover here, so what should I be looking at, do you think? The security of Windows Server, or Windows 7, or of Microsoft's cloud services? Privacy issues? The fight against foreign governments, criminals and child abusers? Viruses and malware? Identity and authentication? What? You tell me!

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Disclosure: Microsoft is paying for airfares, accommodation, meals etc. Yes, it's a junket, but that just there is a disclosure.


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