Windows Vista Security Guide Now Available

Microsoft’s Solution Accelerator – Security and Compliance team is pleased to announce the release of the Windows Vista Security Guide, which is now available for downloading. The Windows Vista Security Guide provides IT Professionals like you with specific recommendations and automated tools to further harden Windows Vista against real-world security threats. Based on your feedback…


Windows Vista Security Center: User-Focused Improvements

I’m Chas Jeffries, and I’m the lead program manager for Windows Security Center (WSC) for Windows Vista. As I write this, we are working hard to prepare for the RTM release of Windows Vista. The past year has been an exciting one for the WSC team. We have been working with customers and ISVs to…


Bloggers Report on Vista Security

Microsoft’s hard work in the area of security for the soon-to-be-released Windows Vista operating system is paying dividends for our customers, partners and – it seems – members of the blogging community! http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=141 http://blogs.chron.com/techblog/archives/2006/09/did_windows_vis.html  – Russel Humphries


USB Blocking in Release Candidate 1

One of the favorite enterprise features of Microsoft® Windows Vista™, USB device installations, gets even better in RC1. You may have heard stories of some IT departments going so far as to pour glue into USB ports in an attempt comply with data protection regulations, by preventing users from copying sensitive information onto external storage…


Windows Vista Security Guide Update: Good News and Bad

The good news: The Windows Vista Security Guide Beta is now live! You can download it from https://connect.microsoft.com/InvitationUse.aspx?ProgramID=820&InvitationID=VSG-P74P-BFTH&SiteID=14 at any time during the three-week beta period. The bad news: Due to technical difficulties, we had to reschedule our LiveMeeting presentation. Below is the updated information. We’ll also record the session and make it available on…


Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 (RC1)

As you may have heard by now, Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is complete! See the announcement from Platforms and Services Co-President Jim Allchin. If you’ve been waiting for a Release Candidate to start your testing, the time is now. Since we were only able to give out 75 DVDs of build 5472 in…


Cisco and Microsoft NAC/NAP Announcement at Security Standard Conference

This week I’m at the inaugural Security Standard conference in Boston Massachusetts. Security Standard is a new executive-level security conference designed for CISOs, CSOs, CIOs, VPs and Directors of IT. The principal sponsors for the event this year were Cisco Systems and Microsoft. Today at the conference Microsoft and Cisco unveiled a joint architecture for…


Vista Security Guide Beta Opportunity

We have an update on the Windows Vista Security Guide we announced last month. We’re far enough into the development process to release a public Beta and accept feedback from internal and external reviewers. We’d like to invite you to both download the guide and attend an informational LiveMeeting broadcast. (Yes LiveMeeting works on Windows Vista.)…


Windows Vista Sidebar Security

Brian Teutsch, Program Manager for Windows Sidebar posted an article on the sidebar security model in Windows Vista.   “The Windows Sidebar is a new Windows Vista component that provides a runtime for ‘gadgets.’ Gadgets are mini-applications designed to present the user with information or utilities. The Windows Vista Sidebar treats gadgets very similar to…


Built-in Administrator Account Disabled

In Windows Vista we made numerous changes to our user account model. Standard users are now the default user type for new accounts created after initial setup. The Power Users group is effectively deprecated. In addition, we’ve made it much easier to run as a standard user and even administrators run with limited Windows privileges…