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18 cardinal rules of systems administration

Rules to live by

It’s not just knowing how to set up and maintain your servers and understanding how system commands work that makes you a good system administrator — or even knowing how to fix things when something breaks down, how to monitor performance, how to manage backups, or how to craft superbly clever scripts. It’s knowing these things and holding yourself to a set of cardinal rules that help to keep your systems running smoothly and your users happy.

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9 ways to make your IT department move faster

IT leaders share their tips on how to keep pace with technology change.

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India Wants to Replace Windows with the Debian-Based BOSS

The Indian government is working on its operating system named BOSS, and it’s planning on ditching any kind of Microsoft-related application.

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Digital transformation is a survival issue

When faced with a business challenge, business leaders often have a good idea where they need to go and how they must evolve. But there is often a mismatch in how prepared they perceive their organization to be, and the cold, hard reality within their walls. This is especially true when it comes to the challenges associated with the way digital technology is reshaping our future.

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A great time to be a Linux person

My name is Jim Salter, and I’m a professional Linux sysadmin and developer. I’m the chief technologist of Openoid, and the author and developer of its product, Sanoid, an open source project that aims to make your servers functionally immortal. But, somewhat unusually for people who have taken the full plunge, I didn’t start out that way.

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Seven things security experts do to keep safe online

Cybersecurity experts aren’t like you or I, and now we have the evidence to prove it. Researchers at Google interviewed more than 200 experts to find out what security practices they actually carry out online, and then spoke to almost 300 non-experts to find out how they differ. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the security experts practice what they preach – or, at least, they tell Google they do. They’re more likely to use two-factor authentication, to install software updates, and avoid visiting shady websites. Even for practices that are subject to healthy debate within the security community, actions speak louder than words: the experts are more likely to run anti-virus software and to use password managers than non-experts.

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Improving Security Effectiveness

For the last few months, I’ve been working full time and talking with colleagues about a new way for security executives to measure the effectiveness of security programs. In very important ways, the ideas are new and non-obvious, and at the same time, they’re an evolution of the ideas that Andrew and I wrote about in the New School book that inspired this blog. I’m super-excited by what I’ve learned. I’m looking to grow the team and talk with security executives at large organizations, and so I’m saying a little more, but not “launching” or sharing a lot of details. This is less about ‘stealth mode’ and more about my desire to say factual and interesting things.

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Capital One Unveils Open Source Dev Tool at OSCON

What’s important is that a big bank has taken steps to release software developed in house to meet its own needs to developers outside its organization. It’s even more important that, in the process, it’s jumping on the open source bandwagon, even if reserving the right to keep some software proprietary.

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The real reason Facebook does open source

opensource.com: Reporting from OSCON 2015, Nicole Engard gives an overview of James Pearce’s keynote on how Facebook works the open source way.


Why are there still so many website vulnerabilities?

The cracks in the armor of most enterprise websites are many including recurring holes in OpenSSL, PHP, and WordPress and are largely due to a combination of extensive customizations paired with a shortage of testing and fixing of vulnerabilities when compared with that of long-standing commercial OS software. CSO Magazine traverses the treacherous terrain of the massive security craters present in today’s websites. Find out what it takes to fix these holes from the start and throughout the development life cycle.

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