Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope everyone reading this is enjoying time well spent with family and friends this week. My plans include landscaping, fireworks, and meat sweats, not necessarily in that order.

 

As always, here are some links I hope you find interesting.

 

Your database is going to the cloud and it's not coming back

There's still time to brush up on cloud security, to minimize your risk for a data breach.

 

When It Comes to Ransomware, Air Gaps Are the Best Defense

Nice reminder about the 3-2-1 rule for backups. Three copies, two different media, and one stored offsite. If everyone followed that rule, there'd be no need to pay any ransom.

 

US generates more electricity from renewables than coal for first time ever

I'm a huge fan of renewable energy, and I hope to see this trend continue.

 

Former Equifax executive sentenced to prison for insider trading prior to data breach

But not for allowing the data breach to happen. We need stronger laws regarding responsibility for a data breach.

 

Fortune 100 passwords, email archives, and corporate secrets left exposed on unsecured Amazon S3 server

As I was just saying...

 

You’re Probably Complaining the Wrong Way

Sound advice for everyone, especially those of us in IT that need to get a message across to various teams.

 

14 Fantastic Facts About the Fourth of July

Some interesting pieces of trivia for you to digest along with your traditional holiday salmon dinner.

 

Happy Birthday America!