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10 Hard Truths IT Must Learn To Accept
I have been reading InfoWorld since 1981. Yes, that shows a bit of my age, but then I started in IT when I was five! LOL. Dan Tynan actually put his finger on the sore spot, ten sore spots to be honest. But the funniest part was how he started his article, here is a short quote:
"In a perfect world, your network would suffer no downtime and be locked down tight. You'd be in perfect compliance with all government regulations, and your users would all be self-supporting. The cloud would take care of nearly all your infrastructure needs, and there wouldn't be a single device accessing the network you didn't first approve of and control. Also: You'd finally get the respect and admiration you truly deserve."
Wouldn't THAT be nice? We'd be on a tropical island with a tablet to now and then check in to see how all the metrics are in the green. Well, the reality is different. Here are the ten points. And I suggest you read the article as well. It's painful but true, here are the ten 'ouches'.
- The iPhone revolution is here to stay
- You've lost control over how your company uses technology
- You'll always have downtime
- Your systems will never be fully compliant
- The cloud will not fix everything (and may even break some stuff)
- You will never have enough hands on deck
- Your network has already been compromised
- Your company's deepest secrets are only a tweet away
- Your users will never support themselves
- You will never get the respect you deserve
But something can be done about it, and the article gives you a few hints for each point to keep some semblance of sanity, so it's getting a "Stu's Warmly Recommended" this week: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1311484798140
Quotes of the Week
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." - William James
"It's always too early to quit." - Norman Vincent Peale
"Leap, and the net will appear." - John Burroughs
"Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins." - Carlos Santana
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Hottest IT Skills Hiring Managers Hunt For
"HR professionals and recruiters use Dice.com?which bills itself as "the career hub for tech"?in order to seek out qualified IT professionals for various positions. Many employers search the Website?s resume database before actually posting their job positions, which in turn offers insights into which skills and qualifications are currently most-desired, as well as other neat bits of information like which metro areas are seeing the highest number of job postings.
"Tech employers are looking for developers skilled in the most popular platforms, as well as analysts and managers who can help guide businesses. What does this mean for your own skill set? If you?re a developer well-versed in the fundamentals (such as Java), then someone could be hunting for you right now. And if you have the ability to analyze a business, manage a project and make sure that a company?s product is up to standards? well, there?s probably a job out there for you, too. The following list features (in descending order) the most popular job- or task-related phrases." Story and results at EWEEK: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1311485101921
15 Incredibly Useful (And Free) Microsoft Tools For IT Pros
This is a "slide show" over at Network World that you should check out, indeed there are a few gems in there, for instance the Microsoft Attack Surface Scanner and Disk2VHD are impressive:
Need To Contain A Malware Outbreak In Your Network?
Lenny Zeltser just wrote an awesome blog post about this, and I have to admit I was not aware of the AppLocker feature of Windows, my bad, and I should have known about this one. Oh well, better late than never. He starts the story like this:
"When responding to large-scale malware infections in the enterprise setting, system administrators and security personnel often need to quickly dampen the spread of malicious software within the environment. Once the organization determines the key properties of the malicious executable, how can it contain it without merely waiting for the antivirus vendor to issue a new signature? AppLocker, which is built into Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, can be of help.
"AppLocker is a feature of the recent Windows client and server OS versions that allows organizations to enforce application whitelisting and blacklisting rules, controlling which programs may run. You can use Group Policy and Microsoft Management Console (MMC) to define and enforce AppLocker policies across the enterprise.
"Though AppLocker can be used in several scenarios and supports a number of configuration options, I?d like to explore how enterprises can use this tool to block the execution of a known malicious executable. Being able to do this in a centralized manner is especially helpful when the organization is containing a malware infection pandemic, and wishes to dampen the spread of the malware specimen as part of the incident response process." Here is the rest of his super interesting blog post: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1311485245015
Microsoft Patching: Still Painful After All These Years
Network World just did a survey over almost 200 IT professionals, and the results are not encouraging. Here is how they summarized the article, and the link to all the actual results are on their website and very interesting to read.
"The spring of 2011 has seen some of the largest Microsoft Patch Tuesdays ever. In April, Microsoft tied its all-time record with 17 updates that fixed 64 vulnerabilities. In June, the company issued another biggie, with 16 updates that fixed 34 vulnerabilities.
Microsoft knows that patching Windows, Office and its other software is a hardship on its users. The company says it has tried to limit the pain in a number of ways: setting aside a monthly day to issue patches, alternating months in which it issues many patches with months in which it issues fewer patches, and creating a rating system to help IT professionals know which patches to test and install first and which can wait. It issues a heads up on the patches the week prior to Patch Tuesday, too.
Have its efforts made patching systems any easier? We asked readers to tell us. Short answer: no. Readers say patching is a big a drain on resources as always. And this is true even for companies who have invested in third-party patch management tools. On the other hand, this also means that overall patching hasn?t gotten worse." More: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1311485334000
The Sun Hacked: How It Happened
A fake ?Murdoch dead? news report, placed on newspaper The Sun?s website during a hack last night by Lulz Security, has prompted a massive IT security crackdown at parent company News International.
Computerworld UK.com has learned that the hackers injected a preformatted HTML file into an old internal server at News International, which is used to serve a text entry window on screen in the company's content management system. The window appears within pages hosted by the paper's main Amazon Cloud-delivered site, though sources close to News International said the Amazon Cloud data centre was not hacked. More:
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The Importance Of Identity Federation In The Cloud
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Scoping Out The Subtle Differences Between Hyper-V And VMware
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VMware vSphere 5: Special Report
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Third Party News
VIPRE Enterprise Agent Software Release Announcement
Agent Software Version: 4.0.4205
Release Date: July 19, 2011
Products Affected: VIPRE Enterprise Agent / VIPRE Enterprise Premium Agent / CounterSpy Enterprise Agent
We are very pleased to announce our latest agent software release for VIPRE Enterprise, VIPRE Enterprise Premium, and CounterSpy Enterprise. The version number for this agent release is 4.0.4205.
This release contains a number of bug fixes and enhancements designed to improve the overall function, performance, and stability of the agent software.
Customers under a current maintenance agreement can upgrade free of charge.
In order to obtain this agent software update, you must be running console version 4.0.4545 or higher.
Enhancements and Bug Fixes:
- Improved the performance of Active Protection; this solves performance problems that some customers may have experienced with agent version 4.0.4194.
- Improved the agent definitions update process by making additional checks on the integrity of the threat definitions file; this resolves unexpected situations where threat definitions may revert to zero.
- Improved reliability of Email Protection components with Outlook 2003/2007; under certain conditions, the Outlook plug-in may have previously crashed.
- Fixed a problem in which an additional blank message was placed in the outbox of Outlook 2000 under certain conditions.
- The Firewall status displayed in the System Tray was inaccurate under certain rare conditions; the System Tray now displays the Firewall status correctly.
- Enabled the Agent Diagnostics Tool to correctly display German characters; the Agent Diagnostic Tool is used by VIPRE Support for troubleshooting certain classes of problems.
- The Agent Diagnostic Tool now accepts the correct response characters in the German and Italian language editions.
IMPORTANT NOTE: AS THIS AGENT SOFTWARE VERSION CONTAINS DRIVER IMPROVEMENTS FOR ACTIVE PROTECTION, PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT A REBOOT OF ENDPOINT SYSTEMS IS REQUIRED ONCE THE UPGRADE IS COMPLETE.
Information on how to disable automatic software updates can be found via the following knowledge base article: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1311485904000
Release notes may also be downloaded via the following URL:
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VIPRE Enterprise Console ? Beta Release Announcement
Products affected: VIPRE Enterprise / VIPRE Enterprise Premium / CounterSpy Enterprise - 4.0.4551 (Beta)
BETA RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT
Products Affected: VIPRE Enterprise, VIPRE Enterprise Premium, CounterSpy Enterprise
We are very pleased to announce the release of VIPRE Enterprise, VIPRE Enterprise Premium, and CounterSpy Enterprise server/management console version 4.0.4551 (Beta 2).
This beta release resolves problems in management console versions 4.0.4545 and 4.0.4547 related to email notifications and an unhandled exception error that could occur.
Specifically, these bug fixes include:
- A bug was fixed that previously resulted in email alerts not being generated for deep scans.
- A bug was fixed that previously resulted in email alerts not being generated for quick scans.
- A bug was fixed that previously resulted in email alerts not being generated for custom (manual) scans.
- A bug was fixed that could cause the management console to generate an unhandled exception error.
How to Obtain this Update:
Instructions on how to obtain this beta can be accessed via http://www.wservernews.com/go/1311486066578 in the "Release Statement" forum.
Note: You must create a login in order to view any messages in this forum.
Thank you for choosing GFI Software.
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