• Thoughts on the VividCortex Acquisition

    I visited the Austin office this past week, my last trip to SolarWinds HQ for 2019. It’s always fun to visit Austin and eat my weight in pork products, but this week was better than most. I took part in deep con...
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  • The Actuator - January 15th

    In Austin this week for our annual meeting of Head Geeks. The first order of business is to decide what to call our group. I prefer a "gigabyte of Geeks," but I continue to be outvoted. Your suggestions are welcome. &...
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  • The Actuator - January 8th

    Welcome back! I hope y'all had a happy and healthy holiday break. I'm back in the saddle after hosting a wonderful Christmas dinner for 20 friends and family. I had some time off as well, which I used to work a bit on...
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  • Modernizing Security to Protect Next-Generation Federal Networks

    Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article by my colleague Brandon Shopp with ideas about modernizing security along with agency infrastructure to reduc...
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  • You Too Can Stink at Information Security!

    “Security? We don’t need no stinking security!” I’ve actually heard a CTO utter words this effect. If you subscribe to a similar mindset, here are five ways you too can stink at information se...
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  • 3 Ideas to Build a Better Cybersecurity Strategy

    Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article by my colleague Jim Hansen where he discusses some ideas on improving agency security, including helping your...
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  • Federal IT Pros Optimistic About Security, but Insider Threats Remain a Challenge

    Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article by my colleague Jim Hansen about the state of security and insider threats for the federal government and wha...
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  • Four keys to successful cyber defense automation

    Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article by my colleague Jim Hansen where he provides tips on leveraging automation to improve your cybersecurity, inc...
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  • The Actuator - December 18th

    I hope this edition of the Actuator finds you and yours in the middle of a healthy and happy holiday season. With Christmas and New Year's falling on Wednesday, I'll pick this up again in 2020. Until then, stay safe a...
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  • Using User Access Management to Defend Against Insider Threats

    Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article by Jim Hansen about leveraging access rights management to reduce insider threats and help improve security. ...
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  • Don't Let Technical Debt Be Your Company's Subprime Loan: Mapping Your Way to Better Software

    I was in the pub recently for the local quiz and afterwards, I got talking to someone I hadn’t seen for a while. After a few minutes, we started discussing a certain app he loves on his new phone, but he wished ...
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  • Worried About Protecting Your Data? CDM Is Here to Help

    Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article by my colleague Jim Hansen about improving security by leveraging the phases of the CDM program and enhancing...
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  • I Feel the Need for Speed—Evolving From a Loris to a Peregrine. How to Get Started With DevOps

    In the IT industry, you’ll hear “I’ll sell you a DevOps; how much is it worth?” But the joke’s on you because you can’t sell (or buy) DevOps, as it is, in fact, an intangible entity...
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  • The Actuator - December 4th

    Good morning! By the time you read this post, the first full day of Black Hat in London will be complete. I share this with you because I'm in London! I haven't been here in over three years, but it feels as if I neve...
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  • Alternate Actuator:  The Bacon Edition

    With humble admiration and praise for sqlrockstar and his weekly Actuator, I wonder if it might be time for an alternate Actuator. August, aka the "silly season," is just around the corner. The silly season's heat and...
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  • The Actuator - November 20th

    I am back in Orlando this week for Live 360, where I get to meet up with 1,100 of my close personal data friends. If you're attending this event, please find me--I'm the tall guy who smells like bacon.   As alway...
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  • The Actuator - October 30th

    Home this week and getting ready for Microsoft Ignite next week in Orlando. If you're at Ignite, please stop by the booth and say hello. I love talking data with anyone.   As always, here's a bunch of links I fo...
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  • The Actuator – June 19th

    Home from San Diego and Cisco Live! for a few days, just enough time to spend Father's Day with friends and family. Now I'm back on the road, heading to Lingen, Germany, for Data Grillen. That's right, an event dedica...
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  • Assessing the Navy’s New Cybersecurity Program

    Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article from my colleague Jim Hansen about the Navy’s new cybersecurity program. There’s no doubt our tro...
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  • The Actuator - September 25th

    Hi there! It's Suzanne again. You might remember me from The Actuator April 10th, where I stepped in for Tom because he was busy "doing things." He's on his way to yet another conference and asked me to help out, as i...
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