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August 27, 2010  5:49 PM

Did you see this? – Microsoft updates Security Compliance Management Accelerator toolkit



Posted by: Troy Tate
Data security, DataCenter, design, Metrics, Microsoft Windows, Monitoring, policy enforcement, reporting, Security, tools

In 2008, I blogged about Microsoft's release of Security Compliance Management Accelerator toolkit. Now two years later Microsoft...

February 11, 2009  8:08 PM

Tracking down that user/computer that locks AD accounts



Posted by: Troy Tate
account management, Active Directory, AD, administration, analysis, anti-virus, antivirus, Data security, diagnostics, howto, information security, malicious activity, malware, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, network security, Password, password management, policy enforcement, reporting, risk, risks, scanning, search, Security, security notification, tools, troubleshooting, Windows

With an environment spanning 18+ sites and more than 3000 computers around the globe, you could understand how challenging it would be to track down what device/user might be locking user accounts. There are tools out there that you can pay for that can help do this. However, Microsoft has some...


December 3, 2008  3:50 PM

Holiday greeting cards, holiday shopping and computer security awareness



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, anti-virus, antivirus, awareness, Browsers, data loss, Data security, education, Firefox, Firewalls, homeland security, IT education, malware, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, online identity, phishing, risk, Security, spam, SSL, vulnerability


November 18, 2008  1:23 PM

Do you support Windows 2000? – Heed the support lifecycle calendar



Posted by: Troy Tate
Data security

Microsoft has updated their product support lifecycle calendar. For those of you who support Windows 2000 you will need to understand the support options available to you.


November 11, 2008  3:51 PM

Did you see this? – MS08-067 and the Security Development Lifecycle



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, analysis, awareness, blog, Data security, debugging, design, Development, malware, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, patching, risk, Security, server, vulnerability

As you probably already know, Microsoft issued an urgent out of cycle security patch recently for a Vulnerability in Server service could allow remote code execution. Look here for additional


October 10, 2008  7:58 PM

Counterfeit Metrics – Type II Reverse Engineering



Posted by: Troy Tate
analysis, awareness, botnet, Data security, dhs, IT education, malware, Metrics, Monitoring, performance monitoring, reporting, research, risk, Security, vulnerability

If you are into metrics, you might find this article rather interesting. For Good Measure: Type II Reverse Engineering A couple of the security metrics I find interesting:

Counterfeit hosts...


October 9, 2008  3:00 PM

Alternatives to e-mail attachments – SharePoint is risky!



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, Data security, DataManagement, design, email, Exchange, Firewalls, intellectual property, Networking, Policy, policy enforcement, risk, Security, SharePoint, Storage, vulnerability, website

I'm looking for some help on this topic and have posted a question to the ITKE community. Hopefully someone out there has had some experience with this service for your...


October 6, 2008  1:12 PM

Did you see this? – Process monitor now does TCP/UDP monitoring



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, analysis, anti-virus, Data security, debugging, diagnostics, forensics, howto, internet, LAN, malware, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, Monitoring, network analysis, Networking, packet capture, Performance, performance monitoring, recovery, reporting, research, Sandbox, Security, Sysinternals, toolkit, tools, troubleshooting

If you ever need to get under the covers of running Windows processes for investigating why a system is running slow, then the Sysinternals toolkit has an updated tool that will help you. Per the website:

Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows...


October 3, 2008  7:59 PM

Did you see this? – Open Source Tools University



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, analysis, anti-virus, blog, blogging, Data security, debugging, design, diagnostics, Firewalls, forensics, howto, internet, IT education, LAN, Metrics, Monitoring, network analysis, Networking, packet capture, Performance, performance monitoring, podcast, reporting, research, Sandbox, Security, SSL, toolkit, tools, troubleshooting, WAN, wireshark

If you are like me, you like those little goodie tools like nmap and wireshark that do something that is actually pretty complex but do it well and have a great following. I just came across this website that I am going to have to take some time to go through and find all of the nuggets it offers....


October 3, 2008  3:25 PM

Did you see this? – Six things you should do on a decreasing IT budget



Posted by: Troy Tate
Data security

Still stuck with lowering IT budgets and increasing costs? Hear Laura Chappel's six things you should do on a vanishing IT budget. See and listen to the presentation


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