TechNet Magazine Security Watch

I've been going through the premiere issue of TechNet Magazine and this is one awesome resource. I'll headline a few of the stories on the Security Developer Center over the next few weeks. For now, check out this piece by Kai Axford on free security tools:

Security Watch
Six Free Microsoft Security Resources

Free? Just hearing that word on the radio or TV makes me cringe. Like you, I'm an IT professional. I'd be interested if one of the big hardware vendors decided to pass out free 20,000 RPM SCSI drives along with a fiber channel SAN, but that's about it.

So why in the world am I telling you about free stuff in this column? Well, because at Microsoft, we've got some amazing free security tools and whitepapers. If you fail to check them out, you're going to kick yourself just like you would if you missed out on a free SCSI drive. I do a lot of presentations and webcasts, and I've noticed that many IT pros have never heard of these tools. To be honest with you, that's a travesty.