Links for April 9, 2009


Nessus 4.0.0 released from Tenable Network Security : All Content – All Communities

Tenable Network Security is pleased to announce the release of Nessus 4.0.0.

Nessus 4 features major performance improvements, greater scalability and reduced memory usage.

You can download Nessus 4 at

IT Security

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report volume 6 from Microsoft Security Response Center Blog!

Hello, Bill here,

Today is the release of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report volume 6. The report can be found here:

A section in the report is devoted to out-of-band (OOB) releases. So, I thought I would blog a bit about these types of releases in the broader context of update management…

Cybersecurity Act of 2009 from Security Insights Blog by Lawrence Pingree

On April 1st 2009, senators John D. Rockefeller IV, Evan Bayh , Bill Nelson and Olympia Snowe annouced the introduction of the “Cybersecurity Act of 2009″.

I personally  find some of the provisions of the bill quite interesting such as the section dedicated to centralizing vulnerability information, funding research through the National Science Foundation (NSF), and requiring certifications of cybersecurity personnel.

The introduction of this act, although quite well intentioned has stirred quite a debate amongst many Americans. What most people seem to be focused on is the section relating to presidential powers relating to disconnecting critical infrastructure. Below is a quote directly from the bill as introduced and I have highlighted the most controversial or notable subsections…

Windows Live Writer

Microsoft’s Codeplex Releases "Paste As" Plugin for Windows Live Writer from The Road to Know Where

Paste As Plugin for Windows Live Writer makes it easier to copy formatted HTML and paste it into a WLW post as plain text. Another benefit is making it easier to paste raw HTML snips into a WLW post.  (Way to go Greg!)

Have Your Windows & Windows Live Blog Posts Showcased – Join The Clubhouse from The Windows Blog by Brandon LeBlanc


Are you using your blog to talk about using Windows and Windows Live? Do you want to get your post showcased on Microsoft websites? You should join The Clubhouse. The Clubhouse is a place that brings together people using their blogs to help others how to use the best parts of Windows and Windows Live.


The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released a new guide: Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization from Springboard Series: The Resource for Windows Desktop IT Professionals

This guide outlines the critical infrastructure design elements that will help ensure a successful implementation of Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V). This guide walks you through the four-step process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order. Identification of the MED-V server instances needed is presented in simple, easy-to-follow steps, with the result being the delivery of managed virtual machines to end users. This guide will help you create a design that is sized, configured, and appropriately placed, while also considering the performance, capacity, and fault tolerance of the system.

Steve Mullen has been involved in information technology for over 35 years. He is also actively involved in the music program (voice and English hand bells) and Vestry of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Damascus, MD.

Posted in IT Security, Live Writer, Nessus, Windows Live

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