Re: So ...
Three times you've had C-level fired for plugging unauthorized kit into the network?
Please come up with more believable lies.
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I like the Azure storage redundancy options as well -- It's one of the places that I think they beat AWS. With Amazon S3 you only have two redundancy choices out of the box: Standard and Reduced Redundancy.
Standard claims 99.999999999 data durability and 2 concurrent facilities (in the same region).
Reduced Redundancy claims 99.99 data durability and single facility.
If you want your data available in multiple regions then it's up to you to write that data to multiple places (buckets or containers). What's more, a lot of people get confused about this as the top of the console page says "Global" where you would normally select a region (I can forgive casual users for thinking that their data is stored in multiple regions by default). If you actually read the docs (or create a storage bucket) then you should understand that each storage bucket resides in a single region.
Government (and most corporate) orgs have their own trusted CA -- these are added to the OS cert chain. Outbound port 80 and 443 connections are routed through a proxy server which serves as a man-in-the-middle. Instead of your browser seeing the webserver SSL cert you get the dynamically generated cert from the proxy server and since it's using a trusted (by your OS/browser) CA, you don't get any errors.
But first, this could be promising
"She will also promote open-licensing arrangements for copyrighted material and data supported by federal grant funding, including in education, science, and other fields."
-- on to the crap
"People of all ages need continued access to a range of higher education and training opportunities—early career, mid-career, and even late-career—so that they can keep up with changes in technology and industry" -- What a fucking joke. Mid career and above technology workers should be making enough money that they're at the bottom of the list for government help. Frankly, if you haven't figured out how to keep up with changes in your field, you're in the wrong field.
"Employers also need a better mechanism for communicating to job seekers and educational institutions what sorts of skills and competencies they are looking for." -- Really? There's no possible way the US Federal government can help with this.
"Hillary’s College Compact dedicates $10 billion in federal funding to enable students to participate in promising new programs—such as nanodegrees, accelerated learning programs for computer coding, career and technical training, certificates for “specializations,” and online learning." -- I suppose this will go to funding 16 week 'boot camps' to learn ruby on rails.
Defer student loans -- So long as you open a business in the right neighborhood. Better to make non-federally backed student loans dischargable via bankruptcy, stop providing Federally backed student loans to those attending overpriced or under-performing institutions, or anything else to reduce the total cost of education rather than kicking the payments down the road.
"There is fierce global competition in the global tech economy. And there are many countries that would rather regulate than innovate, or who do not shy from closing off markets, forcing technology transfer from U.S. innovators, or even shutting down the internet." -- I owned and wore an RSA munitions t-shirt while Bill Clinton was President.
"Hillary will support efforts to strengthen cybersecurity, both for government networks and for the private sector." hahahahahahahaha
"When Hillary was Secretary of State, the United States led the world in safeguarding the free flow of information" -- Has to be a Pvt. Manning reference.
"Hillary will make it easier for the federal government to find, try, and buy innovative technology—including open source software." -- Useless until they drop the requirement that all software in use in production environments have a support contract.
"She will prioritize the enforcement of well-known cybersecurity standards, such as multi-factor authentication, as well as the mitigation of risks from known vulnerabilities." -- NIST/DISA requires all of this already. Federal agencies have 1 year or less to comply with all NIST directives.
2FA? Required for over 10 years.
Mitigation of risks from known vulns? Most have to remediated within 30 days.
Lockheed understand that all federal systems are accountable to FISMA/NIST.
There was a detailed recovery plan that was certified annually by a small team of experts.
Someone had to certify annually that recovery tests had been performed and validated.
Lockheed probably billed for the time to update and test recovery plans. No bonuses for this one.
Unless someone in management asked Flash to do this then he's way out of line and should be fired. I'd also advise Flash to find an IT job that does not put him in a position to access his co-workers personal data as it looks like he has some serious issues with respecting boundaries.
I'd love to know what's wrong with letting mail bounce. Why on earth did Flash feel the need to set up a 'catch-all' account? While I'm at it, why would anyone want to manually route email?
Sure they will. In the US we call them bond issues. I've seen communities in Texas push through a 58 million dollar bond issues so the local high school can get a football stadium. 120 million for a library on an amazingly expensive piece of river-front property? Sure, why the hell not.
Every last one of those bond issues is a property tax increase.
I'll explain the joke for you.
The job description quoted from Gartner reads like a bullshit bingo card. For fun, I imagined someone who perfectly fit the bill. I imagined that they would have no idea that things like Zigbee had been around since the late 90's, because, you know, Gartner said it was new.
Cryto for communications and testing. Cool. Wonderful. No idea why you'd be proud of that, but hey, we each have our own standards for success.
As to my hyperbole... Do you follow security news at all? Maybe we just have different thresholds.
Anyway, sorry I struck a nerve. Have a nice weekend.
Missed an opportunity to make a joke about root cause analysis of the root CA audit data loss.
Addressed to "Many of you" -- So, uh, guys, we're not 100% sure which roots are impacted (is that important?).
This is likely an error on our side -- We don't know how this happened and the one person capable of reading the log files is not present, or we don't log, or it was malicious activity from some unknown third party.
It looks like it rolled back to an old backup -- again, we have some logging issues to resolve. No idea what happened, but it's possible that the system spontaneously decided to initiate a restore, or maybe Todd in storage was messing with snapshots...
lost data for about 147 roots -- I know, specific huh? Anyway, the mail log guy was available and he tells us that there were 146 similar emails sent along with the one we got a panicked reply about. So, yeah, we think 147 is about right. But maybe not.
If you received a message -- But the mail log guy is not quite as competent with regex so, while he was able to identify the message content match, he might have munged the To: field. Alternately, they discovered that the initial message was poorly crafted and likely caught in spam filters.
Please don't panic -- You really should panic
Sorry for the confusion -- Really? Sorry for the confusion. How about "Sorry for the fuck ups"
This one simple tip is shocked my last three bosses: You can have your Dell sales team replaced faster than a bad stick of RAM.
Every email from a Dell sales rep contains contact info for their boss in the footer. Contact that boss and explain that you're not happy with your sales team and would like a replacement. They'll fix you right up.
The number of times I've started a new job and gotten an earful of bile about how their hardware sales team sucks is amazing. One fscking phone call fixes it right up and people stare at me like I've cured cancer or something equally difficult.
80+ people distributed across the country. I was also a billable asset and spent a small amount of time in the field and time supporting other consultants.
When you're up to ass in alligators it's hard to remember that your primary mission is to drain the pool.
As it turns out, they had no trouble hiring someone to replace me. There's always some idiot out there that thinks they can do it all. Just look at me :)
I'm much happier working in a place with 40 SA's across three shifts. I'm too old and bitter to go back to a situation where it's just me and Google running everything from printers to servers.
Yeah, I didn't have the time to do it right. But even if I could have found the time I didn't have the experience. I inherited most of those systems and didn't understand what was needed to recover or rebuild them. There was no documentation or change control. The tape backups were good but no decrypt keys meant that they were functionally useless. Realistically, even if I'd had the keys I wouldn't have been able to restore them as they were going onto new hardware, and, having never tested... You get the idea.
As to today? On each of the ~1600 machines I'm responsible for there's a job that runs three times a day to validates that files are being backed up to the master catalog server. We've got a dedicated enterprise backup team, but I still make sure that I've done everything I can to ensure things are working. Every year we have a DR exercise and every year I volunteer to be on the team.
No sympathy needed. Ivan WAS a huge wake-up call for me and if Ivan had gone the way Katrina did then I doubt that the company would have survived. As it turned out, while I wasn't able to do anywhere near as much as I wanted to, it was enough to get us through.
I tried to present this story as it happened without trying to cover up my mistakes. But then, that's the point, we don't learn anything unless we focus on our errors. An AAR with all 'sustains' is a crap AAR.
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