Security Engineering

Who Gets It and Who Doesn’t? (Windows Genuine Advantage and Security Updates)

Handle:Mando Picker IRL: Dustin Childs Rank: Security Program Manager Likes: Protecting customers, working with security researchers, second Tuesdays, bourbon, mandolins Dislikes: Using “It’s hard” as an excuse, quitting when it gets tough, banjos One of the things I get to do in the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) is talk to our customers and tell …

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Pulling the curtains wide open…

Handle:Silver Surfer IRL: Mike Reavey Rank: Director, MSRC Likes: Warm weather, Battlestar Galactica, and responsibly reported vulnerabilities Dislikes: Rain, Rain without end, Clouds with potential for rain, reality TV, and unpatched vulns As you may know, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) EcoStrat blog has served to inform Microsoft customers, security professionals, IT Pros, and …

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Snowpacalypse Now (I love the smell of briefings in the morning)

Handle:Avatar IRL: Karl Hanmore Rank: Senior Security Strategist (aka Sergeant Grunt) Likes: Getting the job done, bringing the fight to the bad guys, good single malt whiskey Dislikes: Cowards, talkers not doers, red tape, humidity Handle:Mando Picker IRL: Dustin Childs Rank: Security Program Manager Likes: Protecting customers, working with security researchers, second Tuesdays, bourbon, mandolins …

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Do you believe in ghosts?

When I was a kid, I had nightmares every week. I still remember some of them vividly, particularly the ones where ghosts were involved. Not the typical ghosts from the movies, but ones that could not be seen, only heard and felt. Why would I be so frightened and still remember them “vividly” today? Because …

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BlueHat Security Forum: Buenos Aires Edition

Handle:C-Lizzle IRL: Celene Temkin Rank: Program Manager 2 & BlueHat Project Manager Likes: Culinary warfare, BlueHat hackers and responsible disclosure Dislikes: Acts of hubris, MySpace, orange mocha Frappaccinos! Hey Everyone! What speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish, has a hundred set of eyes, and battles in the defense of good against evil on a daily basis? …

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There were dragons. Everywhere.

Handle:volty IRL: Joe Hemmerlein Rank: Security Grunt (aka Security Program Manager) Likes: Quality engineering, diverting things from their intended use, processes and tools Dislikes: Meat, speed limits, getting up in the morning Guten Morgen! Joe Hemmerlein hier vom Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC). I just returned from Germany earlier this month, where I spent some …

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Know thy Enemy

I recently attended BlueHat for the second time and spoke about the SMS vulnerabilities Collin Mulliner and I discovered and exploited this summer. BlueHat is an interesting speaking venue because the audience consists entirely of Microsoft employees. Some people might think security researchers speaking at Microsoft is like speaking before the enemy, but that is …

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The lighter side of the cloud

Billy Rios here. I’m giving a talk this week along with Nate McFeters entitled, “Sharing the Cloud with Your Enemy.” It’s a fun, realistic talk on security in the cloud. Why cloud computing? Cloud computing, software as a service, infrastructure as a service, platform as a service… with so many different terms and so much …

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