Jan282011

International Data Privacy day

Published by hirantha at 8:45 AM under Security | Security | Security

Today is the fourth annual Data Privacy Day. Dozens of countries have been celebrating with events throughout the week to inform and educate us all about our personal data rights and protections

Few topics worth watching/reading;

Privacy & Innovation: A Data Privacy Day Reflection by Ryan Calo

Data Privacy Day 2011

The Technology of Privacy: When Geeks Meet Wonks – Panel discussion 10AM EST

European Research Consortium to Pilot Digital Privacy Solutions at University and Secondary School



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Jan272011

Android 3.0 SDK Released

Published by hirantha at 10:10 AM under Google | Andriod

Google has officially made available the SDK, and further official details about the new version of Android, codenamed Honeycomb.

it appears that the new version of Android does not target mobile phones, but only larger devices such as tablets, as the interface has received a complete overhaul to become more tablet friendly. New features include a new 2D and 3D framework, a new system bar (found at the bottom of the screen), an action bar for quick OS-wide actions, five new customizable home screens, a redesigned keyboard and new text selection tools.

Android 3.0 Platform Preview and Updated SDK Tools



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Jan252011

Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer - Beta

Published by hirantha at 2:58 PM under Microsoft | Security

Attack Surface Analyzer is the same tool used by Microsoft's internal product teams to catalogue changes made to the operating system by the installation of new software.
Attack Surface Analyzer takes a snapshot of your system state before and after the installation of product(s) and displays the changes to a number of key elements of the Windows attack surface.

This allows:

  • Developers to view changes in the attack surface resulting from the introduction of their code on to the Windows platform
  • IT Professionals to assess the aggregate Attack Surface change by the installation of an organization's line of business applications
  • IT Security Auditors evaluate the risk of a particular piece of software installed on the Windows platform during threat risk reviews
  • IT Security Incident Responders to gain a better understanding of the state of a systems security during investigations (if a baseline scan was taken of the system during the deployment phase)

Download Attack Surface Analyzer - Beta



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Jan252011

BinScope Binary Analyzer

Published by hirantha at 10:49 AM under Microsoft | Software Development | Security

BinScope is a Microsoft verification tool that analyzes binaries on a project-wide level to ensure that they have been built in compliance with Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) requirements and recommendations.

BinScope checks that SDL-required compiler/linker flags are being set, strong-named assemblies are in use, up-to-date build tools are in place, and the latest good ATL headers are being used. BinScope also reports on dangerous constructs that are prohibited by SDL

Download BinScope Binary Analyzer



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Jan232011

Microsoft's Secure Developer Tools

Published by hirantha at 2:22 AM under

Microsoft released some updates to its secure development tools. Microsoft did some very nice work with these tools. While these tools are not necessarily limited to .Net, I highly recommend that .Net developers take a look at them.



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