New Year, New Computer Security Threats: How to Help Combat the Latest Attacks Against Your Personal Computer and Information

REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 16, 2007

Why: Despite the recent attention surrounding computer security, online threats haven’t gone away. Just as a biological virus constantly evolves to evade the latest drugs designed to vanquish it, hackers, phishers and malicious software purveyors are refining their attacks and continually developing new techniques to take advantage of unsuspecting computer users. Although computer security has improved and new resources are available to help protect people, consumers need to be aware of the latest tactics used to steal their confidential information or infect their computer.

What: Microsoft Corp.’s computer security expert Kristin Johnsen can explain the threats people should look out for in 2007 and provide tips and insider information on how to have a safer and more secure computer experience, by discussing the following topics:

  • The major threats and cybercrime techniques used in 2006

  • The anticipated major threats this year

  • How people can better secure their PCs and their personal information

  • How parents can better protect their children on the Internet

  • The definition of social engineering, and why is it a growing threat for computer users

  • Resources available to help consumers evaluate potential threats and seek protective technology

Who: Kristin Johnsen, computer security expert, Microsoft

As the senior director for the Security Technology Unit at Microsoft Corp., Johnsen oversees the Security Outreach team, which is responsible for driving security outreach and educational programs across all customer audiences. Johnsen and her team consistently strive to improve the Microsoft customer experience while demonstrating the company’s commitment to keeping its customers safe online. Johnson is the mother of two boys who are avid computer users.

When: Interviews are available Jan. 15–19, with other times in January available upon request. To schedule an interview, contact Margeau Lebeau, (425) 638-7120, [email protected].

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