Archive for ‘Microsoft Office Security’

TITUS Classification Solutions Now Support Microsoft Office 2013

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Microsoft Office 2013 has been available to corporate customers for about 4 months, and it was released to the public in February of this year.  Office 2013 is available via its traditional packaging, and is now also available via the Office 365 subscriptions.   The Office 365 subscription allows customers to stream the Office 2013 install to their desktop.  In either case there are a number of major changes to Office in this release. 

Some of the changes in Office 2013 may involve a change in the user’s workflow.  For instance, in Outlook 2013 Microsoft has streamlined the process of shooting off a quick reply in Outlook 2013. Instead of clicking Reply to open up a new email, you can simply start typing and reply inline on the message itself.

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Leveraging enterprise directories for real-time validation of email recipients

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

We’ve all heard about the recent examples of emails being sent to the wrong recipients. Everything from the UBS GM IPO example, to things we’ve experiences ourselves. Whoops….. I wish I could get that email back. While the email sender typically has an idea of the sensitivity of their message, they often have less immediate visibility into the “clearance levels” and “need-to-know” of their intended recipients.

This blog looks at two areas of email “Recipient Validation”. These features can be very valuable in helping companies avoid inadvertent data leakage.

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Outlook 2010 Security Changes You Should Know About

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

While many of the features in Outlook 2010 are not security related, we’ll discuss an important new enhancement in the area of Information Rights Management (IRM) used to control how messages may be shared, as well as the removal of the Message Security feature.

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Office 2010 Document Security Changes for Users

Friday, October 1st, 2010

As a user of Microsoft Office, you should take note of a couple of important new security features in Office 2010. The concept of Trusted Documents now drives the Message Bar prompt you when you open any document that has the potential to cause damage to your computer or files. In this article, I’ll explain a couple of common scenarios where the concept of document trust in Office 2010 makes the user experience easier, while maintaining the security and integrity of your computer.

Macro and Active Control Prompts From the Message Bar

While you may be familiar with the Message Bar from Office 2007, its behavior has changed in a subtle way, for the better as far as usability goes, while still protecting you from potentially risky content.
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Taking Advantage of New MS Office 2010 Security Features

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

If you’ve been holding off upgrading Microsoft Office from XP, 2003 or 2007 to 2010 there are now some good security reasons to consider making the jump. As I’ll describe later in this article, MS Office 2010 not only enables some serious security safeguards, but it does so in a fairly logical and reasonable way. Microsoft is beginning to demonstrate their appreciation for the risks presented by allowing users to make important trust decisions when opening documents.

By using the MS Windows Group Policy Management Console and the MS Office Trust Center, you can configure policies and settings to ensure that documents can be handled more safely and efficiently as they travel through your organization’s work-flows. This article provides some tips and references that may help you understand how Office 2010 security is implemented and what security features you can now configure in advance.

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