Latest CESG security guidance highlights new strengths in Windows Phone 8.1

Last month CESG issued its latest platform guidance, a concise update on general platform risk management strategies. The guidance evaluates Windows Phone 8.1 on 12 foundational security principles, as part of the end user device security framework.  CESG’s latest platform study shows Windows Phone 8.1 is on a very strong trajectory of improvement. The new…

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Help the UK stay safe on Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is just around the corner. Last year’s Cyber Monday saw UK online sales increase 31.6% compared with the year before – and the average user spent more than £81.17. All of that online shopping is a huge boon to the UK economy, but it relies on a strong foundation of trust. Shoppers need…

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Meet UK Government open standards mandates with Microsoft Office

Last week the Open Standards Board  adopted .ICS files (RFC 5545) and vCard files (RFC 6350) as open standards for UK government. What does that mean for your office? How will you adapt to these changes? The good news is, if you’re using Microsoft Office, these new standards are already supported. Microsoft Office is the…

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5 free events for IT Pros looking to master the cloud

Cloud tools are rewriting the rules faster than most IT departments can keep up. Whether you’re a cloud novice or an IT Pro on the cutting edge, continuing education is a must, as new benefits and best practices constantly emerge. Need a hand getting up to speed? Join Microsoft for one of our free cloud…

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Buying event tickets online? Here’s how to make sure you’re not getting ripped off

Sometimes it feels like tickets to the hottest sports, music and theatrical events sell out in a heartbeat. When that happens, it’s natural to be frustrated and even tempted to look for spare tickets from an unauthorised reseller.  Some individuals and websites are selling genuine tickets – but many aren’t. Even well-known sales sites such…

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Don’t believe the hype: Get the facts about secure software for government

You may have spotted some attention-grabbing headlines recently, talking about how “Operating System Z is the only one approved for secure use in government!” or “Operating System Y is the most secure OS for government ever!” It’s not true. The reality is government’s security arm, CESG, doesn’t “approve” operating systems for use, nor do they…

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Safer Internet Day 2014: Do 1 Thing to make the Web a safer place

Did you know that Microsoft is a long-standing supporter of Safer Internet Day? Organised by Insafe, and co-founded by the European Union, SID is a global campaign that promotes a healthy Internet for everyone and encourages responsible use of online technologies and services. Microsoft is once again helping to promote appropriate online behavior with the…

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Microsoft Dynamics is now IL2 accredited on CloudStore

Today we’re proud to announce that Microsoft Dynamics now has Impact Level 2 security accreditation on CloudStore. Dynamics joins Azure and Office 365 in having IL2 accreditation, making it possible for public sector offices to adopt a secure total cloud solution. Here’s what that means for your office:      Read the IL2 Dynamics announcement…

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CESG provides guidance on Windows 8.1: What does that mean for your organisation?

Stuart Aston is the Chief Security Advisor for Microsoft in the UK and runs the Government Security Programme and the Security Co-operation Programme. Late last week CESG replaced their guidance on the use of Windows 8 with guidance on Windows 8.1, available here. The update is significant, partly because of the changes, but mostly because…

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