Vol. 24, #1 - January 7, 2019 - Issue #1213

WServerNews Spotlight: Security & Privacy 

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Editor's Corner

Welcome to the new year! Yes it's time again to face the ongoing onslaught of phishing attacks, insider threats, patching problems, and other headaches that make up the daily grind of the IT professional. Yuck!! 

Let's pull ourselves together however and take a look at what's new and interesting in the world of IT security and privacy which is the focus of this week's newsletter. And if any of you are getting tired of their daily grind as an IT pro then check out this week's Factoid to find out how Yu Maeda, a former employee of Microsoft Japan Co., and her engineer husband Michinori, changed their career from IT to something more, um, satisfying. 

And finally if you have a nack for Physics be sure to check out the Fun Videos section for some educational films created in the late 1950s and early 1960s under the auspices of the Physical Science Study Committee (PSSC) for teaching basic Physics concepts at the high school level. These films are classics and are a lot of fun to watch if you can spare an hour or two away from fighting fires in your datacenter.

Enjoy, and be sure to send me your feedback on anything in this issue by emailing me at [email protected]

Cheers,
Mitch and Ingrid Tulloch
Editors, WServerNews.com

 

Don't get smashed by PortSmash

A recently discovered vulnerability in Intel's Hyper-Threading (HT) technology may allow an attacker to steal a user's encrypted data. The Finnish university researchers who discovered it have also created a proof of concept (PoC) attack to demonstrate feasibility. More here on Tom's Hardware:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/x2lph8bf/


Trust but verify

"Doveryat, no proverit" ("Trust, but verify") is a Russian proverb that U.S. President Ronald Reagan adopted during his tenure for negotiations with the Soviet Union on nuclear disarmament. But what if the party you're trying to negotiate isn't human but an AI system? Michele Usuelli a Lead Data Scientist for Microsoft Enterprise Services recently raised the interesting question of "Can a machine learning product be trusted?" in this post on her MSDB blog:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/rgqtbbt2/

 

New Adobe patches released

Adobe plans on releasing some Priority 2 security updates this week for Adobe Acrobat and Reader for both Windows and MacOS. Full details can be found in the latest post on the Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) Blog:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1i5s3zqe/

 

AI-based phishing attacks are coming

A new norm may be coming whereby we will see large-scale highly-personalized AI-driven phishing attacks coming against the IT infrastructures of our organizations. Learn more about this and other threats on the horizon in this webinar on KNowBe4:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/p377ta8i/

 

Lock your garage!

Canada's CBC news has a story about how thieves are using a method called relay theft to unlock your car even if you keep your key fob securely locked your house:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/a6jheiq0/

There's also a YouTube video released by police in West Midlands, UK that shows criminals stealing a car by relaying a signal from the key inside the home to the car in the driveway:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/69jf0gq8/

The moral of the story? Keep your car locked in your garage (sorry, apartment dwellers) and don't keep your key fob by your front door. Or maybe lock it in the tin box where you store your cellphone and your tinfoil hat.
 

A nation of cyborgs

Finally it seems that an emerging trend happening in various places around the world is to implant microchips in the bodies of employees and even citizens. Here are a couple of articles about this to ponder:

Alarm over talks to implant UK employees with microchips (The Guardian)

http://www.wservernews.com/go/d5zgkg8u/

Thousands Of Swedes Are Inserting Microchips Under Their Skin (NPR)

http://www.wservernews.com/go/20gn7r7l/

Perhaps the day will come when we humans get implanted within our robotic AI overlords…

 

 

Tip of the Week

Got any IT pro tips you'd like to share with other readers of our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

Repair mailbox corruption with PowerShell

Microsoft MVP Ratish Nair has a tip on the MSExchangeGuru blog that explains how you can use PowerShell to run a repair request against the Exchange 2016 database:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/wyl87cb6/

 

Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without 

GOT ADMIN TOOLS or other software/hardware you'd like to recommend? Email us at [email protected]

Altaro VM Backup has the best deduplication in the industry, creating the smallest backup size when compared to other backup vendors. Start saving up on storage space and backup time! Find out more >>

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This script is a workaround for the search results size limit in the Search-Mailbox cmdlet:

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Network Asset Tracker Pro gives you complete information about operating system, service packs, hotfixes, hardware, software and running processes on remote PCs:

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This script calls a SQL Agent Job from another Job on a remote server in SQL Server:

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Factoid - Transitioning from the IT profession

The factoid and question from our previous issue was:

Fact: Luxembourg is set to become first country to make all public transport free in order to prioritize environment and end some of world's worst traffic congestion.

Question: When was the last time you took public transport instead of driving, cycling or walking somewhere?

We didn't receive any responses to that one, probably because everyone was out shopping for Christmas presents (ho ho ho) so let's move on to this week's factoid:

Fact: Sometimes it takes an earthquake to make you realize there is life outside of IT

Sourcehttp://www.wservernews.com/go/bnuf597r/

Question: If you could change your career from IT to something else, what would you want to do?

Email your answer to [email protected]

 

 

Conference calendar

North America

>> Got an IT conference happening in North America that you'd like to promote in our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

Microsoft Ignite Tour - Jan 10-11 in Toronto, Canada

http://www.wservernews.com/go/6w6nzgho/

Microsoft Ignite Tour - Feb 4-5, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/b47nrsr8/

Microsoft Ignite 2019 -- Nov 4-8, 2019 in Orlando, Florida

http://www.wservernews.com/go/usp5kuzt/

 

 

Europe

>> Got an IT conference happening in North America that you'd like to promote in our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

Collabsummit 2019 -- May 27-29, 2019 in Wiesbaden, Germany

http://www.wservernews.com/go/9kkchxin/

 

Australia & New Zealand

>> Got an IT conference happening in Australia or Asia that you'd like to promote in our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

Microsoft Ignite Tour -- Feb 6-7, 2019 in Sydney, Australia

http://www.wservernews.com/go/ub2cn5wf/

Cisco Live 2019 -- 5-8 May 2019 in Melbourne, Australia

http://www.wservernews.com/go/ht9bb930/


Asia

>> Got an IT conference happening in Asia that you'd like to promote in our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

Microsoft Ignite Tour -- Jan 16-17, 2019 in Singapore

http://www.wservernews.com/go/or3w4dt7/

Microsoft Ignite Tour -- Feb 20-21, 2019 in Hong Kong, China

http://www.wservernews.com/go/6xfk15iy/

Microsoft Ignite Tour -- Apr 3-4, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea

http://www.wservernews.com/go/9amfaghk/

 

India

>> Got an IT conference happening in India that you'd like to promote in our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

Microsoft Ignite Tour -- May 22-23, 2019 in Mumbai, India

http://www.wservernews.com/go/kvw5pecz/


 

New on TechGenix.com

How the battle for cloud supremacy is shaping up for 2019 and beyond

The pace of warfare is accelerating as the battle for cloud supremacy heats up. Here's a snapshot of how things stand and where they are headed.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/x0imykgd/


Docker Desktop Enterprise offers new options for developers

Docker Desktop Enterprise provides a desktop solution for creating and delivering production-ready containerized applications in a secure way.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/17gb9u1q/


6 key skills recruiters demand when hiring IT leaders

Do you want to go to the head of the class in your tech career? Check out what makes great IT leaders, and follow this advice.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/z0obtgas/


GRC framework: What it is and how it aligns IT with business goals

Nobody likes surprises, especially businesses. Adding a GRC framework to your business can help you know what you don't know.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/wbqqdlfx/


Xtreme Podcast: Holiday musings on certifications and cybersecurity

As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season hits a frenetic peak, why not relax, kick back, and listen to our very merry TechGenix Xtreme Podcast.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/x35mxczo/

 

Fun videos from Flixxy

This week we have some PSSC physics films from the late 1950s and early 1960s:

Coulomb's Law

http://www.wservernews.com/go/gqk8ufk9/


Elastic Collisions And Stored Energy

http://www.wservernews.com/go/fp5m3v0i/


Frames of Reference

http://www.wservernews.com/go/4j6whdc8/


A Magnet Laboratory

http://www.wservernews.com/go/zjt4r2pw/


More PSSC films can be found here on Archive.org:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/9l5olx13/

 

 More articles of Interest

Automated root cause analysis moves into the mainstream

DevOps monitoring tools that offer automated root cause analysis are now in production within mainstream enterprises. When it comes to their ease of use, however, there is still room to improve. Read more about these tools here. 

http://www.wservernews.com/go/t4r7qvsu/


Embrace DevOps innovation to modernize legacy applications

To bring legacy applications into the DevOps fold, IT teams must be creative and collaborate. Read about the ways some enterprises modernize their older applications that could actually put them ahead of the industry's IT transformation curve. 

http://www.wservernews.com/go/7ni6jefb/


An 18-month-old virtual agent at Credit Suisse gets its bearings

Credit Suisse Group's Jennifer Hewit shares lessons learned while launching the bank's first virtual agent. Read about how she persuaded employees to give the bot a chance which included hiring a neuroscientist, rebranding the agent and managing expectations. 

http://www.wservernews.com/go/9c6w2nbp/


Big data processing techniques to streamline analytics

Analyzing raw data has become a complex task that companies are often underprepared for as data sets continue to grow. Click here to learn how to create smarter data processing techniques. 

http://www.wservernews.com/go/qzrv4vj5/

 

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Send us your feedback!

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WServerNews - Product of the Week

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WServerNews - Editors

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 7 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 www.mtit.com.

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.