Windows 7 marches on and is projected to be on retail shelves this October. Microsoft is providing free upgrades from Windows Vista to Windows 7 for consumers and businesses who purchase computer systems right now (albeit with some limitations). Microsoft has put together some animated video presentations to illustrate some of the new features and functions of Windows 7. You can view the Windows 7 videos on the Tour Windows 7 site.
This article that I wrote for the Midmarket Security Strategies and Tactics site at TechTarget focuses on the file access control possibilities of Windows Rights Management Services. Traditional NTFS file and folder permissions are effective for preventing unauthorized users from accessing data, but provide no control over what authorized users can do with the data once they access it. With Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 you can enable Windows Rights Managements Services (RMS) and be able to exercise control after files have been accessed and downloaded and even revoke access if necessary. You can learn more about Windows RMS and how you can use it to control and protect your data by reading Microsoft Windows RMS Enables Granular Access Control Over Sensitive Data.
I recently wrote an article for TechTarget’s SearchMidmarketSecurity site. The new Mimarket Security Strategies and Tactics site focuses on practical knowledge and advice for SMB organizations. The article covers the basics of BitLocker- the scope of what it can protect and how it works. It also explains how BitLocker works with TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chips to provide even better protection of data and how to work with BitLocker keys to ensure that you don’t lock yourself out of your own data. Check out the article here: Understand the Basics of Microsoft BitLocker Encryption.