Geekly World News - May 2023

May the Fourth be with you! Happy Star Wars Day! 

May means the end of the school year for many of us in the U.S. with kids and many of those in university. I’m certainly looking forward to more quality time with my 13-year-old—when I can peel him (and myself) away from video games, though that’s not likely in early May with the long-awaited The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom coming out. In other news, we had a great time seeing some of you at SWUG London and the RSA Conference in April, and we’re looking forward to another opportunity to connect with you in the coming month at the Twin Cities SWUG. 

What Might You Have Missed in April? 

What’s Planned for May? 

As always, you can look forward to TechPod featuring one or more of us at any time. 

Thomas LaRock regularly cohosts the Raw Data Podcast, where they bring in industry pros to discuss top-of-mind topics. 

Thomas LaRock will be speaking May 2 on Performance Tuning SQL Server Using Wait Statistics. 

You’ll find Chrystal Taylor and Thomas LaRock at SWUG in the Twin Cities, MN, May 10 – 11. Stop by for a chat or a quick hello if you're attending this two-day learning event. 

May 25 is Geek Pride Day, and we hope you’ll join us in celebration! I’ll probably celebrate by playing more Tears of the Kingdom, but let us know how you’ll let your geek flag fly. 

Connect With Us! 

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  • Thank you! I feel very appreciated, and I always hope what I do helps in some way.

    I see what you mean about the most vulnerable being those just back from vacation. Generally, that person is on catch up and more likely to not be as "on their toes" as they would in normal circumstances. I think between that and just lack of understanding or general negligence lay the human error part that phishing/smishing scams rely on.

  • I always look forward to this post... one place for a lot of things IT ... thanks for taking the time to keep us informed!  Your posts and the SANS news bytes are my favorite reads!  Loved your article on 3 Tips to Improve Cybersecurity Training.. We comply!   We have turned the fear into fun.  We use KnowBe4 for our mandated training.  We actually spend time crafting tricky e-mails to keep our users on their toes.  Now we have a small environment, so it has been quite an efficient endeavor.  My terror are the 14 employees that have email so I do everything I can to keep them educated and cautious.   I find that the must vulnerable employee in my operation is the one that just came back from vacation.  Think about that for a minute!! I have many layers of protection and have followed industry standards for quite some time.  I have had the fortune to work with people much smarter than myself!   I do appreciate you    See ya next week!

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