March 6, 2021 | 14:00

Microsoft Exchange Meltdown

Everybody with an Internet-faced Microsoft Exchange server, Outlook Web Access (OWA) or Exchange Active Sync (EAS) can consider his or her system as compromised since January. This is reported by security experts like Chris Krebs1 and news magazines like Golem2 or Heise3. In Germany, the BSI has contacted more than 9,000 companies4. The scope of the current security vulnerabilities are comparable to the previous Microsoft major Incidents regarding Eternal-Blue5 and Wannacry6 4 years ago. Read more

February 19, 2021 | 14:01

Microsoft recommends Zero Trust

This picture is for all the people I have had discussions with in recent years about Digitisation in general or, more specifically, about the integration of tablets or notebooks within a corporate network. My recommendation then and now: Zero Trust! Isolate and segment potentially insecure, closed-source AD infrastructures! Keep smartphones, tablets or laptops out! This also applies to unknown, untrusted applications. " jumper laptops" are the better places for them. Put business applications on RDP/RDS terminal servers1 and create uniform, web-based, open interfaces that can be monitored and controlled. Read more

November 24, 2020 | 10:11

Microsoft, again

What comes after a privacy violation? Of course further violations. I’ve update my list of violations and infringements because of this Heise Article “Anwenderüberwachung durch Microsofts Office-Software”: Here is the full list (free to copy/use): The collection of user data in a Windows 10 based corporate network cannot be prevented by proportional resources.1 With 23,000 to 25,000 data points, a Microsoft Office package collects significantly more metrics than a Windows 10. Read more

November 3, 2020 | 10:45

Microsoft Office in Decline

The Microsoft cashcow gets scratches. This is not what I write but what the FAZ writes in its today’s article: “The quasi-monopoly of Office gets scratches”1. Some might say the FAZ has no expertise in IT. Well aactually this could be correct, because their undisputed circle of competence is the economy. But this should make you even more concerned. According to a representative survey by the market research company Nielsen2, Microsoft’s position in its own US home market is now at only 80%, and the trend is continuing to decline. Read more

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