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Windows 7and Server 2008r2 New Security Features


With the introduction of Windows 7 and Server 2008 r2 there are new security features that an auditor or IT professional should be aware of. As you roll out the new operating system, what are the issues and benefits that your company will see? What are the risks, benefits and issues that need to be planned for?

In this session I will be covering these important issues with the use of lecture, demos and group discussions.

If these are questions that you and your organization are asking, then we invite you to attend our session, “Windows 7 and Server 2008r2 New Security Features.”


The educational session will introduce attendees to the key issues surrounding deploying these new operating systems and using features that help reduce risk for enterprises and organizations.


· Windows 7 new features

o Demo of new features

o Tricks and demos

o Hard drive encryption

o Bitlocker to go

· Server 2008 R2

o New group polices

o New Audit and logging features

o NAP – Network Access Protection

o Direct Access

o Hyper-v (Server virtualization)

· Deployment Issues

o XP to Windows 7

o Discussion

o MDT 2010

o XP Mode

· Analysis of Windows Event Logs


● Audit and risk professionals whose organizations are considering Windows 7 and Server 2008 r2 Security Risks.

● Information Security professionals interested in learning about Windows 7, and Server 2008 r2 deployment issues, new features and benefits.

This Session is being offered to the

ISACA- Connecticut Chapter on January 31 from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

To register for this event click here

and again for the

ISACA – New England Chapter 

February 18  from  8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

2 Financial Center
60 South Street
Boston, MA 02111

To register for this event click Here


Security Webinar Securing Communications

In this session, I will cover the following topics by applying what you have learned in the first of three-part webinar series devoted to the subject of Protecting Your Network by using Cryptography to solve some IT issues.


  • Applying Cryptography to OSI Model
  • Securing Services with the use of Cryptography
    • Web Servers
    • Mail Servers
  • Right Managements for protecting data
  • Network Traffic
  • VPN in the following modes
    • Gateway-to-Gateway VPN
    • Host-to-Gateway VPN
  • Securing Network traffic with IPsec
  • Wireless Weaknesses
  • Securing wireless with Cryptography
    • We will explore WEP, WPA, and WPA2
  • Steganography

To attend this session on February 23, 2011 Time – Noon – 1 PM ET

Click Here

Part Three:  will be Disaster Recovery – April 27, 2011

Speaking at DOD Cyber Crime Conference 2011


On Wednesday Jan 26 I will be presenting 3 sessions, they are;

Presentation Title: Security for the Network Administrator

Date and Time: 01/26/2011, 0830-1020

Location: Great Hall D

Track: Information Assurance

Description: You are a new system administrator and have been trained to maintain that system. But have you been trained to secure it? Many network administrators are assigned the task of securing a network, but they have no idea how to do that.
Do you understand the “Big Picture” and how your actions could compromise the security of your vital data and systems? Most administrators are living in a silo of information and don’t have a real view of the big picture. This results from network administrators thinking “It’s Not My Job”. While true from an evaluation point of view, this can lead to major security issues.
During this presentation, we will help you break out of the silo and get the big picture. We’ll help you identify security issues and how and where to report them.


Presentation Title: Securing the Weakest Link

Date and Time: 01/26/2011, 1320-1420

Location: Great Hall D

Track: Information Assurance

Description: Network security issues are something organizations are faced with everyday. You can implement technologies such as IDS/IPS and firewalls to help lock down your network. However, have you considered how to protect your networks against non-technical intrusions such as social engineering?
This session will explore 10 things you can do now to help protect and defend your data, network, and personnel against social engineering attacks.
During this presentation, we’ll discuss the following topics:
-How Easy It is to Gain Information That Can Put You at Risk
-How Social Engineering Can Also Be Done via Technology
-Case Studies and Examples of Techniques That Work to Social Engineer Users

Presentation Title: Understand the Security Concerns Associated with Virtualization

Date and Time: 01/26/2011, 1500-1600

Location: Great Hall D

Track: Information Assurance

Description: Many organizations realize the benefits of implementing virtualization. In fact, by implementing virtualization, you can reduce the physical number of host computers. But does it reduce or add risk to your infrastructure?
The goal of this session is to take a look at all of the issues and identify areas of concern as a cyber specialist.


7 Overlooked Network Security Threats for 2011

Here is a link to a great article on network security.

Threat Area
Worst Case Scenarios

1. Insider Threat
Enterprise data including backups destroyed, valuable secrets lost, and users locked out of systems for days or even weeks.

2. Tool Bloat Backlash
Decision-makers become fed up with endless requests for security products and put a freeze on any further security tools.

3. Mobile Device Security
A key user’s phone containing a password management application is lost. The application itself is not password-protected.

4. Low Tech Threats
A sandbox containing a company’s plan for its next generation of cell phone chips is inadvertently exposed to the public Internet.

5. Risk Management
A firm dedicates considerable resources to successfully defend its brochure-like, ecommerce-less web site from attack, but allows malware to creep into the software of its medical device product.

6. SLA Litigation
Although the network administrator expressed reservations, a major customer was promised an unattainable service level for streaming content. The customer has defected to the competition and filed a lawsuit.

7. Treacheries of Scale
A firm moves from a decentralized server model to a private cloud. When the cloud’s server farm goes offline, all users are affected instead of users in a single region.

To read the full article go here


Security Webinar Authentication and Cryptography

Brief Overview:

I will be presenting a session on  "Authentication and Cryptography," I will examine the following topics:

  • Verifying who is a user and to what they have access
  • Different ways a user can be validated to computer and network resources
  • How Cryptograph is used to protect data
  • Symmetric and Symmetric Encryption
  • What are hashes?

In our webinar session on February 23, 2011, we will discuss Using Encryption to Protect Your Data. In the last webinar of this series entitled Disaster Recovery, we will take this information from theory and show you how to use this technology.


In this session we will cover:

  • Identification:
    • Something a user knows
    • Something a user possesses
    • Something a user is or does
  • Issues
    • Distribution
    • Cost
    • Tracking
  • Elements
  • Password Protocols
  • Hashes
  • Kerberos
  • Cryptography Benefits
    • Confidentiality
      • Encryption
    • Integrity
      • Message digests
    • Authentication
      • Public-key cryptography
    • Non-repudiation
      • Digital signatures
  • Symmetric Encryption
  • Asymmetric Process
  • Digital Signatures
  • Certificate Authorities
  • Models
  • Lifecycle
  • Distribution

To attend this session on  2/9/2011 at  Time: 12:00 PM ET

Click Here

Then on February 23, 2011, I will discuss Using Encryption to Protect Your Data. In the last webinar of this series entitled Disaster Recovery, we will take this information from theory and show you how to use this technology.

Other session that you may want to look at include

Cyber Security Part One: Identity Theft

Understanding Cyber Security Physical Security

Understanding Cyber Security Risk Management


Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 RTW Update

Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 helps IT enable users to collaborate across organizational boundaries and easily access applications on-premises and in the cloud, while maintaining application security. Through a claims-based infrastructure, IT can enable a single sign-on experience for end-users to applications without requiring a separate account or password, whether applications are located in partner organizations or hosted in the cloud.

The Windows Server 2008 R2 setup package for AD FS 2.0 was updated on 1/5/2011. This updated package contains hotfixes that will prevent the errors described in the following support articles from occurring whenever AD FS 2.0 is installed on a server running the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system:

Get the update here


Windows Upgrade Starter to Home Premium Deal

The current deal is if you buy a netbook with starter you can upgrade to Home Premium  for only 19.95 !  You just need to purchase Windows anytime upgrade at the same time !

Windows Anytime Upgrade?

With Windows Anytime Upgrade: Windows 7 Starter to Home Premium, your customers can upgrade their new netbook PC safely, quickly, and easily. Then they can customize it with themes and photos and enjoy entertainment anywhere. By taking advantage of this offer, customers get everything in Windows 7 Starter, plus more:

  • Live Preview See lots of open programs and windows at a glance with live taskbar previews.
  • Netflix – Customers can watch what they want in one place. With Windows Media Center and a Netflix account, they can stream thousands of movies and TV shows directly from Netflix.
  • Internet TV – Use Windows Media Center to find and watch a variety of TV shows on the Internet.
  • Remote Media Streaming – Customers can go on the road without taking all their entertainment. They can enjoy music, photos, and videos from their home PC with remote media streaming in Windows Media Player.
  • Desktop Personalization – Help your customers make their PC look the way they want. They can personalize their desktop with their own photos, themes, and sounds.

* For Internet TV, you’ll need Internet access. Free Internet TV content varies by geography. Some content may require additional fees. Internet TV is not available in all countries.


Offer is good Nov 7 to April 2 while supplies last

Cell Phone a Security Nightmare?

Is a cell a phone was just a phone?

The current cells phone today is smart phones with more power that you desktop that 7 years old. Think of what you keep on your phone, Mail Contact, Schedules, and other data what would happen if that device was lost or stolen or compromised and theft or you competing got that information

Here are some simple things to do.

Don’t Lose Your Phone – Know where you phone is at all times and do not leave it out at bars and public places, Keep it with you. Do not leave it in you parked car.

Lock you phone and set a password (a strong one not 1111, 1234 etc.)

Here’s how to find time-out settings on various smartphone OSs:

    • Android: now supports PINs and passwords
    • BlackBerry: enable the password, and set the security time-out options.
    • Windows Phones: can set or change the password, and also set the screen time-out.

Remote wipe means that if your phone is lost or stolen, you can remotely clear all of your data–including e-mail, contacts, texts, and documents–off of the handset, thus keeping that information out of the wrong hands. Check with you Company or Phone provide about this service

Trojan Horses, Malware, and Viruses and Third-Party Apps

  • Software protection: like Lookout that can protect the Phone and the anti-viruses manufacture have software as well.
  • Third-Party Apps can become an issue, once an apps is installed it can access to your personal data and location. You need to think or ask what the app does and what information will it share?