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Jan 12, 2017
There are many discussions in recent events regarding the threat of vulnerable IoT devices. Part of the scare here is the ability of nefarious actors to unleash these devices in controlled botnets in strategic Denial of Service attacks. This is a very tangible threat that has manifested in a number of recent attacks including a massive DNS outage leveraged against DYN several weeks ago. The truth of the matter is that the threat from IoT and industrial devices is not really new, it just seems… Read More
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Jan 4, 2017
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have been around for years, but lately the threat potential has risen for a variety of reasons. One of the primary factors is the propagation of minimally secured Internet of Things (IoT) devices. DDoS attacks were initially simple to execute and protect against, but the attacks have become more complex and more challenging than ever. The most sophisticated attacks employ botnets which are vast swarms of zombified systems directed at a specific target. Currently, DDoS attacks can be purchased… Read More
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Aug 23, 2016
For those that have as little as a casual awareness of the private cloud, its benefits stand out immediately. Flexible, powerful, easy-to-use, global, and cheap, cloud services have had a transformative and measurable impact on businesses for a number of years. We can thank marketing efforts as well as visible elements of consumer technology all around us for that general awareness. The limits of public cloud There is more to the story, however, because there are times when a business needs more than what the… Read More
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Jun 8, 2016
Some weeks ago, we were treated to a pair of stories that would probably win the “Darwin Award” version in the category of internet hosting. First, an anonymous administrator at an unnamed hosting provider shared his story in an online community of how he allegedly committed a powerful command that wiped out the sites of all of its 1,535 customers. It turned out to be a highly shared prank, but it also served as a cautionary tale that reminded the hosting community (and customers) to… Read More
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Nov 16, 2015
Effective system administrators look for every advantage they can get. The basic skills that make a system administrator successful are tangible, and you can see many of the basic requirements in job postings. What job listings typically don’t cover are the rules that can make or break system administration: careful note taking, attention to detail, comfort with project work, planning, and prized technical skills. To help system administrators take that next step, we’ve put together seven prime rules to help them prepare for the worst,… Read More
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Jan 13, 2015
Running into errors is never fun, especially when it comes to your MySQL database tables. In case you run across an error like: "Table 'table_name' is marked as crashed and should be repaired", you'll need to do the following depending on the command line or panel you are using: Linux Command Line Log into the MySQL command line tool using the following command and then enter the MySQL password. # mysql -u username -p databasename # password: ******** mysql> check table tablename; mysql> repair table tablename;… Read More
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Jan 12, 2015
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) arrived last week in Las Vegas and with it came a tsunami of wearables, gadgets, high tech backpacks, and tech toys of all kinds.  CES is one of the biggest shows on the tech scene, and though not every product makes it to the general market, it is a leading indicator of things to come.  The tale of this tape is that after a sputtering start and a bit of overselling, the Internet Of Things (IOT) is actually here.  Gizmos… Read More
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Dec 23, 2014
If 2014 showed us anything, it’s that the cloud is beyond any sort of hype at this point. There’s no denying it: What’s happening out there is that just about every significant emerging technology in the game today is truly best framed around the cloud. Thus 2014 was a big year in the cloud’s ever-evolving story, and it’s becoming more obvious with each passing day that we are in a golden age of cloud technology. Cloud platforms have become the de facto choice for businesses,… Read More