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The Actuator - July 3rd

Level 17

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 ser...

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!

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Level 14

Happy 4th!  Thanks for the articles.

Level 12

Your db is going to the cloud and if you want to avoid ransomeware attacks then unplug. Whose manager has expected them to do both at the same time?

Level 13

As always, thanks for a bunch of interesting links.  Really enjoyed the one about the Fourth - there were quite a few there I didn't know.

Interesting that in this batch we have a helping of "all databases are going to be in the cloud soon"  with a side of  "S3 bucket with a gold mine of credentials".  Seems like a hackers paradise - go to the cloud to get the passwords, then back to the cloud to suck out the data and run a ransomware attack.  It's perfect.

Level 13

Get the sparklers out.  Happy 4th.  (without tanks)

S3 Any-Any is a career limiting policy move. 

RT

Level 12

We're having nachos and rice and beans for USA Independence Day, with a variety of potables including French wine and American beer.  Then to the local ice cream parlor, the diet can wait.  And finally we watch things being blown up! Ka-boom!

I also never berate, call out, or abuse the customer service person, because we all of us end up being someone else's customer service rep eventually.

Also, Betsy Ross (lizabeth “Betsy” Griscom Ross Ashburn Claypoole) lived in the great (and weird) state of NJ, and may have earned her reputation as the "sewer of the flag" by being an effective agent for the Revolution, hosting parties for the British military in her Philadephia city home. She has is a tombstone there, too, but she may not be under it, as there is also a tombstone for her in Basking Ridge, NJ.

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Nice article

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Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope everyone reading this is enjoying time well spent with family and friends this week -

Level 13

thanks for the Articles

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

Level 12

Ransomware protection. Why didn't I ever make the connection that if these companies have backups then there would be no need to pay.

Level 20

Here's to the next 50 years... we're celebrating a lot of history America!  Happy Birthday and Happy Independence day USA!  50 years ago it was the Moon... next it will be Mars.

Level 20

I don't disagree about new energy types but let's not forget one of the main reason the US leads in reducing carbon emissions is two words... NATURAL GAS.

Level 16

Your db is going to the cloud,

I wish I could move my Orion Server and DB to the cloud.  

Many databases are going to the cloud.  Not all.  Those those that require fast response and security may stay in the data center.

Regarding the best defense against ransomware, I'll offer "prevention."  Prevention by doing a better job educating kids, providing excellent examples of moral behavior and rewarding it--or quickly detecting and punishing anti-social behavior.  Anything less is time less-well spent.

I'm 100% for 100% renewable energy.  Don't get me wrong; I don't want folks with coal or oil jobs to lose them--I want those folks to find even better employment and better safety and health and financial reward by swapping those jobs for alternative energy employment.  I want it to be better for EVERYONE to move away from coal and oil, for every reason.

I agree with you--creating an environment in which a data breach is possible--even easy--should be a criminal offense.

Three words that should not be possible in a phrase (except in fiction):  "Unsecure Amazon Server."

In my state we take humble pride from being "Minnesota Nice" and doing things that make others' days more pleasant--for no better reason than it's nice to live in a place with nice people.  I see the logic in the "complaint sandwich" while also immediately hearing that silent "BUT . . . "     As in "You make me happy, BUT you failed today when you . . . "

The Complaint Sandwich is probably a good idea.  As the author stated, it won't work every time.  Yet it might be better than doing nothing and tolerating a situation which might be easily improved.

Freak out a stranger today by doing something "Minnesota Nice". 

  • Let someone  onto the freeway instead of making them wait in the on ramp.
  • Smile and wave at a stranger as you walk or drive or bike by them.
  • Give someone walking on the should of the road extra room (if it's safe) and wave, even if it's just raising all your fingers on the steering wheel.

Maybe you call it "Iowa Nice" or "Southern Hospitality" or just being friendly or agreeable.  Do it once in a while and enjoy the good feeling it can give you.

Minnesota nice - Wikipedia

Level 15

Thanks for any enjoyable links!

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When It Comes to Ransomware, Air Gaps Are the Best Defense - 321 (Looks good to me)

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

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

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

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You’re Probably Complaining the Wrong Way -

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14 Fantastic Facts About the Fourth of July -

About the Author
Thomas LaRock is a Head Geek at SolarWinds and a Microsoft® Certified Master, SQL Server® MVP, VMware® vExpert, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He has over 20 years experience in the IT industry in roles including programmer, developer, analyst, and database administrator.