Vol. 22, #50 - December 11, 2017 - Issue #1161
Free Tool: Permissions Analyzer for Active Directory
Power like that kinda goes to your head, doesn't it?
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The subtitle of this new book from CRC Press is "The Missing Link in Security Management and How to Fix it" and that's exactly what the author attempts to accomplish in just 125 pages. Barak Engel has accumulated many years of observations and reflections from working in information security management and he communicates his insights in a fresh, informal way in this short, easy-to-read book with stories and lessons learned in the trenches. My favorite chapter is "The Dismal Discipline" where I think he has captured the essence of both the challenge and frustration of being a CISO. Why is it that after decades of advances in computers systems and networks that we're still trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to information security? Why haven't problems like malware and information leakage already been solved? The basic apparatus is already available, why can't it be implemented properly? Perhaps technology doesn't hold the answer for this dilemma, maybe what's needed is simply good leadership. Engle presents us with a compelling re-envisioning of what the role of a CISO should really be compared to what most organizations try to make it be. I highly recommend that anyone who is in the management end of IT read this book and think it through carefully. You can purchase the book on Amazon here:
This new book by Jessica Keyes provides a very good overview of risk as it applies to implementing and managing technology solutions. With a particular focus on IT project management, the book starts by presenting a big picture of what risk is and how it can be analyzed, assessed, managed, and mitigated. Different approaches to risk management and auditing are then presented and this is actually one of the parts of the book that I personally found most useful. Another eye-opening section for me was Keyes' description of how management of innovation and risk intertwine in research and development types of scenarios. The focus on IT project management provides some helpful insights on important topics like change tracking, budget monitoring, reporting, and team dynamics. Her analysis of critical factors for IT project success will be invaluable to anyone who plans and leads an IT project as it covers not just the process and people side of things but also ethical and legal issues and even the political gamesmanship that so often accompanies large IT projects. The final two chapters on risk mitigation for BYOD and social media are a timely addition that rounds off the subject. An excellent read for those who lead mid- to large-sized IT projects, not wordy and full of useful information. Buy it on Amazon here:
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VIDEO: An intro to Windows Analytics: Managing upgrades, updates & health across Windows, apps & drivers
Windows Analytics helps organizations drive IT operations efficiency by providing data insights related to compatibility and device health. Join us for an overview of this solution and how it can help you move your IT organization toward modern management.
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You're editors are taking an extended holiday over the next couple of weeks so we'll catch up on factoid responses from readers in the new year. Meanwhile here is this week's factoid:
Fact: LED traffic lights can pose a problem in cold climates.
Question: What other unintended consequences of new technologies have caught your attention recently?
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Until next week,
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Veeam Explorer for Storage enables you to create backups and replicas from HPE, NetApp, Dell EMC and Nimble storage snapshots even during business hours with no impact to production environment.
Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 for Windows 10, apart from offering you the usual tweaks, lets you tweak Privacy settings and more:
This function is a piece of PSWindowsUpdate module to manage Windows Update on a computer system running Windows:
Wunderlist helps you organize your Outlook inbox and save emails as tasks where you can track & organize them:
Driver Talent has an article on how you can fix Windows 10 if it exhibits continuously high CPU usage after upgrading to Fall Creators Update:
The myITforum site has a sample script that provides the ability to execute network captures utilizing NETSH TRACE or New-NetEventSession:
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Windows Server Backup hits refresh with Azure Backup
Is backing up your Windows servers to the Azure cloud as good as using the in-box Windows Server Backup utility? It is now with Azure Backup!
Going rogue: Is the MacGyver IT approach still viable today?
"MacGyver IT," where you use unconventional, ingenious, and oddball techniques to fix problems, may not work as well as it used to.
Troubleshooting and fixing 'connection to Microsoft exchange is unavailable' error
"Connection to Microsoft exchange is unavailable" is a common and annoying error that you get when you use Outlook. Here are some ways to fix it.
Don't know how ransomware spreads? Get ready to become the next victim
Ransomware doesn't magically appear on your computer. Once you learn how ransomware spreads, you have taken the first step to safeguarding your system.
Virtualizing Cisco ESA for better performance and lower support costs
This article walks us through the migration of a Cisco Email Security Appliance from a employing physical infrastructure to using a virtualized one.
Migrating Datacenter to Azure - Part 1
Cloud operating system deployment: WinPE in Azure
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CTO Gerri Martin-Flickinger talks innovation at Starbucks
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Understand the benefits of VMware Cloud on AWS
As you consider transitioning to cloud, especially with the benefits of VMware Cloud on AWS now available, the methods and reasons for transitioning must be examined and justified.
Configuration Manager tool regulates server updates to stop attacks
Early security updates diminish online threats. See how IT admins use Configuration Manager to roll out patches promptly while minimizing downtime for users.
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Freefly Base Jump In Norway
From a 3280 feet cliff in Norway, Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet, 3X Freefly world champions, impress with their jumps and combos:
Bach's 'Toccata And Fugue' on the Big Piano
A couple playing Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor on the Big Piano in a train station somewhere in Germany:
The Michelangelo of Microsoft Excel
77-year-old Tatsuo Horiuchi creates intricate digital masterpieces of the Japanese landscape using Microsoft Excel:
Rhythmic Gymnast Tamara Yerofeeva
Olympic gymnast Tamara Yerofeeva gives an incredible performance at the French television show The World's Greatest Cabaret:
Free Tool: Permissions Analyzer for Active Directory
Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. Mitch was lead author of the bestselling Windows 7www.mtit.com.Resource Kit and has been author or series editor for almost fifty books mostly published by Microsoft Press. Mitch is also a ten-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information see
Ingrid Tulloch is Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also manages research and marketing for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.