Cloudy with a chance of pain

The Register reported on August 32017 that Cisco created quite a mess for their Meraki Enterprise customers. It seems most of what is lost were IVR responses for voice mail, and associated content. Stuff happens, but when a cloud provider has an “oopsie” the fallout is huge. Reading the later reports that came out that pretty much verified that restoring a backup of the lost configuration data was not an easy task. Cloudy with a chance of pain marks the day. Cloud services have the potential for amazing opportunities, however; they are not a method to eliminate failures. As users, it falls on us to understand the potential for outages, and the risks this creates for our operations.

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Respect Yourself

If you disrespect anybody that you run in to How in the world do you think anybody’s s’posed to respect you If you don’t give a heck ’bout the man with the bible in his hand, y’all Just get out the way, and let the gentleman do his thing You the kind of gentleman that want everything your way, yeah Take the sheet off your face, boy, it’s a brand new day Respect yourself, respect yourself, respect yourself, respect yourself If you don’t respect yourself Ain’t nobody gonna give a good cahoot, na na na na Respect yourself, respect yourself, respect yourself, respect yourself — The Staples Singers Sometimes you just “Wanna Cry,” but now is not one of them.[…]

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Son of a Son of a Sailor

“As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I’ve learned much from both of their style” —Jimmy Buffet In the last few days I’ve had the opportunity to chat with a young bright and rising techie about transitioning into the realm of InfoSec. Now this transition didn’t just crop up one afternoon while looking at statements from SallieMae related to school dept. It has been looming on the horizon for a while. The signs were evident, VMs with multiple environments for experimentation, a podcast list gone way beyond Security Now. A noble pirate friend of mine once mentioned in a class, “You never[…]

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