One of the most interesting aspects of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report is data on how regional malware infection rates change over time. This data helps us and our customers understand the tactics and strategies that attackers are using to compromise systems, steal identities and confidential data. Subsequently this intelligence helps our customers optimize their defenses.
Before I go any further, I want to assure you that this is a legitimate Microsoft blog, and that I genuinely work for the company.
If you’ve received an unsolicited phone call from someone claiming association with Microsoft and offering technical support, or help with a security problem you didn’t know you had, I wouldn’t blame you for doubting me.
Unfortunately, in today’s day and age, a little suspicion is a good thing because increasingly devious, determined and resourceful criminals want to steal from you. Cash is what they really want, but personal information they can exploit for financial gain – that’ll do nicely, too, thank you.
We might not be able to predict the unknown, but we can do our best to be prepared for it. For organizations of all sizes contingency planning is vital to success. To this end, my Microsoft colleague, Cindy Bates, vice president, U.S. SMB Organization, recently shared a set of helpful resources on the subject of disaster preparedness.
This e-guide helps cut through the clutter by pointing out the key factors for organizations to consider when building business contingency plans. There’s no one disaster preparedness plan that works for all organizations, but elements such as environment mapping, data backup options and communication methods are integral parts of any successful plan.
Cloud computing has quickly become a mainstream technology. Global businesses, entrepreneurs and government agencies are embracing the cloud to accelerate innovation and cut costs.
But the continued growth of cloud computing is not inevitable. Cloud providers need to adequately address the data protection and security concerns of enterprise customers and regulators for cloud services to earn the trust necessary to fulfill their potential benefits for businesses and governments.