MSDN Flash – Tuesday, 22 February 2005

MSDN Flash Australia
Security – Still the Number One Issue for Developers
To the Summit and Back
The Security Summit continues to roll around Australia. I was let out of the office and attended the Sydney event. I got to hang out in the MSDN Booth during the morning (with the Visual Studio Surfboard) and then the MSDN Connection lounge for most of the afternoon. I even got to attend one or two of the sessions. It has been fantastic to see folks from the community writing about the event in their blogs, such as this great summary from Canberra.

Speaking of community, one of the things that sprouted up over the past few months is Code Camp OZ. This is a weekend of Microsoft .NET technology training in an informal setting. It's being held in Wagga Wagga on the Anzac Day long weekend in April. There are great sessions happening. Some of the best Microsoft .NET technology speakers in the country will be there. The aim is to have a full weekend of learning from each other. It is has been modelled on the successful MSDN Code Camps in the U.S. Details are at, including transport and accommodation info.

Finally, you may all be aware of the beta release of the Microsoft Windows Antispyware What you may not be aware of is the recent news we are making the personal version of the final Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware software available at no additional charge to licensed Windows customers. This was announced by Bill Gates at the recent RSA Conference. If you haven’t tried out the product, this may be an incentive to download and give it a go.

‘Til next time, happy coding,
Frank Arrigo
Frank Arrigo 
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February’s security bulletins include updates for Windows, Exchange, Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Services and Office. Click here to view the details and actions now.

Read Dino Esposito’s summary of the most common types of Web attacks and hear how Web Developers can use the built-in features of ASP.NET to increase security.

The Cryptography Application Block is a sophisticated tool that simplifies the work you need to do to meet encrypted security needs. If you’re an Architect or Software Developer you should review this library to make sure you are maintaining consistent cryptographic practices.

Do you know what it takes to make international versions of your applications safe and secure for localisation? Click here to read some of the commonly found problems in international software products. You’ll find out all the potential problems which may affect security when localising and globalising software products. If you are an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) considering a global rollout then this is a “must read”.

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