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Volume 10, Issue 11: June 2008
From the Editor
Dear IT Managers,
Security is often described as a game of cat and mouse with one always trying to stay ahead of the other. So how does one get ahead and stay ahead? Well knowing what is going on helps. To this end the latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report was released and has some interesting stats I thought I’d share.

• Exploits/malware/hacking only accounted for 13% of all security breaches in the second half of 2007
• In that same time period 57% of disclosed security breaches were due to lost or stolen equipment
When I look at this and think back to the fall My TechNet Security tour one thing becomes evident. While Phishing is still a major concern it is mostly still only happening in English speaking locales. Theft of equipment happens everywhere and protecting your equipment from theft, or preventing access to the data contained if it is stolen is a much bigger concern.

There are technological answers to most of these concerns. BitLocker in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 goes a long way to helping protect the data in case of loss or theft. The phishing filter in IE7 has warned me on occasion to some perfectly normal looking emails (not to mention the phishing and anti-spam tools in Outlook 2007). It all goes back to a layered security approach. There is no one tool that will protect you from everything, you need to layer your approach to security and the tools you implement to help protect your computers and your network. And don't forget how far a little education can go! Keep your end users aware of what is going on and start turning your biggest security vulnerability into your biggest security asset!

For more information you can read the entire Security Intelligence Report here or view the latest issue of TechNet Magazine.

Thanks for reading,

Rodney Buike
IT Pro Advisor, Microsoft Canada Co.

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The Microsoft Management Summit 2008 Highlights Session is coming to Microsoft Canada in Mississauga ON this June 13. At the recent Management Summit in Las Vegas, partners and customers learned about the many new features of the seven new System Center solutions released in the past year. The Highlights Session is your opportunity to get a comprehensive overview of the System Center suite—and to connect with colleagues and Microsoft product experts at the same time. Find out more and register now.
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