Seen this far, far, far too often. However, why was luca the only one able to logon to the portal to see the big alert?
Did no one else bother (Seen that too!).
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I had a phone call with O2 the other day, I was asked to give an answer to a security question not too dissimilar to "mothers maiden name", for all of these I just use random letters and numbers stored in a password tool.
The women on the phone seemed genuinely impressed that I could remember all of those random numbers and letters..........
Also, all the calls are recorded so these "security questions" and all bollocks.
Too many people (non IT folk) seem to think that the cloud is this magical place that never has an issue. No matter how many outages Amazon, Azure, etc have, people still seem to think that it's made of magic.
Deploy in the cloud by all means but still backup, replicate, ensure that you don't have a single point of failure.
If it's an unwarranted intrusion into my mailbox then it's spam. That goes for scatter gun emails looking for leads, management reports, company newsletters and the worst of the worst, pushy sales folk asking if I'm ready to buy product X than I only started downloading 30 seconds ago.
No real surprise that Soldfire are using Dell kit for a reference architecture. Their own storage system is all rebadged Dell and I think it's Dell engineers who do the hardware swaps for them.
I'm surprised that Dell haven't snapped them up yet as the company wouldn't be that expensive and it'll be another storage offering over the god awful equalogic and not quite so bad but still pretty painful compellent.......
I asked halifax if they'd consider adding some sort of two factor and was told "We take security extremely seriously. We've made a note of your suggestion and thank you for contacting us".
In other words "We take security seriously until we don't and that sounds like effort so bugger off".
And MS Project is just a glorified task manager.
Word is notepad (or maybe notepad++) with bold and italics.
There is certainly some truth it what has been said but it's more about the extra features and functionality that these applications bring to the table, sadly though, a lot of people don't know to use them and do indeed just use MS Project as a task manager and use SAP as Excel.....
Whenever stuff like this hits companies they always use the same tired line "It's only a small number of people affected".
No, it's a CUSTOMER that's affected. The people who pay your bills. Stop treating them like they don't matter and if the number really is that small why are you not pro-actively contacting them?
Yup, I made that very point not long ago.
All you need do is spun up a machine at Azure and send people messages through it and thanks to a shared knowledge of code words you can be spied on with no on knowing what you're saying....or forget the computers and have a meet up in the pub.
If this law goes ahead it'll do three things:
1. End a lot of business in the UK as other people do business elsewhere, scared that their data is being leaked.
2. Someone outside the security services will find a way to exploit it
3. Make a lot of extra work for IT people.
This will become the Government's own superfish scandal.
The cloud is a wonderful resource but when you use it please do remember that it's someone elses hardware and the chances of that someone else caring as much about your data is pretty much zero. Even private cloud service providers will operate like that, after all, unused capacity is a loss of money to them so please do your due diligence and make sure that when the cloud platform falls over you have your own backup/DR/Replicas ready to go.
On another note 'The UK's 2e2 cloud service collapsed in February with users asked to pay up to $40,000 extra to get their data back.' - anyone have a link for that?
I would 'suck it up' if I wasn't paying tax on everything.
Get paid by work - it's taxed.
Put money into my savings account - it's taxed
Buy something at the shop - it's taxed
Order something online - it's taxed
Pay my bills - they are taxed
And my MP? Well, they are in various tax avoidance schemes and have expense funds to handle all that.
Something is very wrong somewhere.
So, According to our lords and masters we should boycott amazon because they use the law and tax loopholes to avoid tax?
Well, you know who else use the same loopholes? MP's.
So lets compare the two.
I can order goods from Amazon which arrive, normally on schedule. If something goes wrong I can speak to someone and they'll replace the goods with no fuss or argument. They also provide things like AWS.
My MP - A tax scrounging, expense stealing parasite that I am banned from speaking to.
Which one would I rather see avoid tax? Neither of them but for service Amazon wins out, therefore this bunch of MP's can go screw themselves rather than the electorate.
The Americans certainly haven't welcomed them and I was told by a meter reader that they have a habit of picking up every spike, especially those from older appliances which generate a voltage spike when turned on which leads to much higher bills.
I was 'surveyed' for one of these meters the other day and I'll be doing what I can to resist having it installed.
Oh I'm so surprised. TalkTalk deserve this. I had one dealing with them a few years back where they took on my phone line without consent. The sales drone had forged my signature!
A few months back one of the TalkTalk sales drones knocked on my door and promised me that 'it is all different now'. It seems that OFCOM has proven that TalkTalk are as disgusting and shady as ever.
There are actually places that have older style drives to be able to recover data from those tapes sitting out at places like iron mountain at the moment. Of course, one issue here is that to recover data from 10 years ago - or more but it goes a lot further than just the tape drives.
so, once we've found the tape drive that we need we'd then need to find the tape(s) and hope they work.. hang on, how do we restore it? Ok, we need to build a server so we need the correct software - maybe even the patch version. Where do we get that? The supplier doesn't exist any more (or has been bought out). We've got the server backed up on tape but are now in a chicken and egg situation and even if we get the server back we may well need the domain as some backup products (netbackup for example) will use the domain SID to generate an encryption key.
You did keep the passwords for the domain somewhere safe didn't you and not just on the tape????
Long term archive presents a whole series of problems. Tape format and machines to read it are just one of those problems.
Sounds like a lot of legislation that then becomes law.
this is a crazy thing to focus on though, if they haven't defined what pornography is it'll hit girlie mags and the chippendales.
I'll also add that there are other places where sex is banned - certain religious establishments for example and it's worked oh so well for them hasn't it?
Remind me what do they actually do ?"
And that is the big question. They are kinda search, kinda forums but don't have a focus anywhere. They need to pick a direction and a service then sell that. Right now they are doing several different things and all of them are terrible.
'Meh' Because that's exactly how I feel about yahoo.
having a home test lab is a great idea and a necessary expensive IMO. However, it would help if the vendors made 'it lab' license versions available otherwise you've either got trailware or borrowed licence keys.
Another thing vendors could do to help is to allow IT folk access to some of the simulators they have. Both Netapp and VNX have simulators but you already have to have a support contract which strikes me as slightly crazy.
I don't think it's all idiots or people being careless, I think a lot of it is down to 'Get It Done' pressure that people are under these days. Management need something done urgently so sysadmins will often find ways around various blocks to get it done with good intentions to fix it later but, of course, later never comes and so this is what you have.
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