Beginner’s Mind

Shoshin is a word from Zen Buddhism meaning “beginner’s mind.” It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and a lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level. As IT people we aren’t always known for our attitude of openness, eagerness and lack of preconceptions. Its an easy …

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Its the most wonderful time of the year – Patching

Remember back when Summer and Christmas break was a high time of concern.  The kids were out of college and ready to try out their skills.  Christmas was worse because so many people were out of the office, no one would notice.  Or if they did the response would be limited.   Now that’s what we …

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SMBv1 isn’t safe

Long before WannaCry used a recently patched Microsoft vulnerability to exploit machines, the recommendation was to disable SMBv1. Disabling old protocols isn’t sexy.   You’re breaking things, and not introducing new features.  You’re fixing theoretical future attacks.   Perhaps the willingness to take on this challenge is a good measure of the maturity level of …

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