Might want to mention having a "management guide" in the DR manual. A set of rules about how updates will be given, who can request updates, who can override process and so forth. So that way if a middle manager demands something, the team can pull out the DR guide with the CEO's signature on it and say "sorry, CEO says this is what I do, and that you have to leave now."
I think everyone who has made a comment here is correct based on our definition. Though my article covered an example of a user implementing a technology outside IT's jurisdiction, an implementation could have just as well been someone extremely technical brought in to do IT work like Scott mentions. That scenario never crossed my mind when I wrote the article, so thanks for that, @scottalanmiller. I guess maybe that sort of thing is not as common in smaller departments like where I've worked.
True lesson in this story is do not work on a production system with changes that could take it out of service when time is critical. Better to say, "Next time you have a long meeting at the end of a Friday, let me take a look at your computer."
Literally just got off of the phone with someone who had a FreeNAS bug cause a system to become useless, just like the one case that happened today. But instead of it being the JPE encouraging a mistake, the same problem happened through a GUI bug. One of the big risks that the JPE introduces is that the GUI is all "extra" points of failure and has nowhere near the testing of the standard OS tools. So a little big can cause a lot of damage, as it did. The entire SAN had to be replaced due to a small bug in the FreeNAS interface.
The answer is...it depends. If you want OpMonis to monitor multiple UPS devices and shutdown things gracefully, it can do that using a single license but will only allow one shutdown list and would begin shutting down things as soon as your predefined threshold is hit for any one of the monitored UPS devices.
The other option is to get a second license of OpMonis to monitor the second UPS and have a dedicated shutdown list just for that UPS and its connected equipment.
For those who blog, what criteria do you use to determine if your blog should be one giant post versus smaller, bite-sized posts? I have an idea in mind for my next blog post, but putting it out there as one post would make it pretty massive. I was just curious about guidelines others use to determine appropriate length so as not to overwhelm the readers with too much content in one post.
Any feedback is much appreciated.
Most readers have a one or two minute attention span UNLESS they are specifically googling the issue.
In many US labor documents, they have to list "professionals and teachers" because teachers are "almost" professionals but can't be qualified for it exactly because they can't direct their own work in quite the right way to qualify, but they want them to be treated as professionals otherwise so state it in that way.
The standard professionals are doctors, lawyers, nurses (of a certain level), professors, pharmacists, civil engineers, CPAs and similar. You basically have to be forced into both base university education, must have a government or similar certification for work, effectively work in a high level government directed union like structure and work by "rules" rather than by "results." Very different than IT.
Correct: IT is not a "professional" industry. But, that's not what's represented in the term "IT pro". It's someone whose profession is in IT, the latter definition of "professional". If you say "I am in IT and therefore a professional", that would be flat-out wrong. But if you say your profession is in IT, then you are an "IT pro".
That then explains the initial discussion... it is "anyone who makes money in the IT field in any manner", there can be no further qualifications. The best volunteer expert in the world can't be an IT Pro, but the most entry level, unskilled, untrained person can be. It makes the term literally worthless in the field, which was my feeling on it. We should drop it as it has no positive outcome.
@scottalanmiller and @JaredBusch you guys see alot of SMB customers. It it a safe statement to say that most are not IT security focused?
Gods no. Security is a joke to them. I am talking to my boss about paying for you to come in to one of our clients to prove how much should be done as proof of what we have been saying.
Sadly, the client isn't inclined to believe that anymore than they believed you - and why should they? you bringing in another vendor to prove what you've been saying?
Really, if they want a real possibility that they'll believe something that client needs to go out, find someone completely on their own, give that security company as little information as possible and simply say - we want a security audit, and then see if those results come back the same as what you've been suggesting.
I am not a vendor. I am a consultant. they pay me to recommend people.
I am not bringing in a vendor. I am bringing in a specialist.
Why would they believe a specialist over you - they are already paying you as a specialist in IT.
They are paying me for the truth. I tell them that they need to have a specialist in Security look at things.
I am talking to my boss about paying for you to come in to one of our clients to prove how much should be done as proof of what we have been saying.
If you need to hire someone else to prove what you've been telling them they need to do, it sounds like they don't trust you, that's what I was saying.
I have been telling them things based on my own knowledge, but I am not a specialist in Cyber Security. Thus the recommendation.
I suppose if at the same time you are presenting the suggestions (not some time later to try to make them agree with you) that would be one thing, but it sounds like you are seeking this audit as a way to to say - see, I told you need this, now do it.
@wirestyle22 I am replacing a 5515 at HQ with an MX84. I have 12 locations with 10 ASA 5505s and 2 Peplink devices. I also have a vpn connection from HQ to AWS. I have only had it up for the past couple days but it seems to be holding steady. The taking off of the NAT-T and changing the lifetime.
Guys, on the outlook integration - we introduced integration with Outlook for Calendar and Contacts last week, and we actually have what @agarcia-wier asks for available for customers. It is not announced so don't make noise about it yet (I will probably announce this or next week, but possibly move it to next year as just before Christmas ain't a great time for announcements).
So if you need this, it is a typical enterprise setting thing - contact [email protected] and we'll get you going. Sadly, no, it isn't open source, it is developed by a partner and just like with the iOS app - maybe in the future
Nothing residential? I already know what ISPs the other offices around here use. I was hoping it would show some magical residential fiber connection in my neighborhood (that isn't AT&T's fiber to the pole a mile from your house with shite old copper from said pole to my house).