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This week’s accidental theme seems to be managing things: change, information overload, your reaction to being held accountable, and office productivity.
1. Ch-ch-change Management – Technicloud
Rebecca Fitzhugh offers advice on how to build out effective change management practices in an enterprise. As she writes in the post “Change management has never been easy for the dev or the ops side of the house. Let’s face it; it’s usually a checklist item and a tool to CYA. However, we are moving to a world where change is a part of the culture and a frequent process. There is no excuse to not improve.”
2. DoS’ing your mind: Controlling information inflow – Rule 11 Reader
OK, I realize it’s a little bit of a contradiction, but can I get a few minutes of your attention to help you deal with all the things out there that want a few minutes of your attention? Russ White shares 3 tips to help you limit distraction. There’s no magic here, just good common sense and a bit of planning.
3. What’s New in Ekahau Site Survey 9.2 – 802Tophat
Richard McIntosh offers a quick blog that, as the headline says (truth in advertising!), shows you what’s new in the latest release of Ekahau’s Site Survey tool. It also includes pretty pictures. Enjoy!
4. Accountability – the ugly side of Professionalism – theITrebel
“At times throughout your career, there are moments where you will face adversity. How you deal with that adversity is important. Here are my thoughts on dealing with such situations and how accountability is a powerful thing even in your professional life.”
5. The Peacock in Menlo Park: On Open Offices and Signaling Theory – Study Hacks
Cal Newport offers a theory on why open office plans are so prevalent in Silicon Valley, despite research that shows they actually lower productivity: “The goal of an open office in this context is not to make employees more efficient, or to spark more brilliant cross-discipline breakthroughs, but instead to signal to new hires and investors that your organization is innovative.”
There may be something to that, though I also like a counter- or companion-theory that was proposed in the comments section: Open office plans are useful for companies who plan to add hundreds of employees over time, but don’t want to make the first hires feel like they’re working in an empty warehouse.
1. Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer’s world burn – The Register
It would be hard to blame someone who had to train their outsourcing replacement before being laid off from taking pleasure in a subsequent, and massive, failure caused by the outsourcers. The Register has the story.
2. Hackers Breached Virginia Bank Twice in Eight Months, Stole $2.4M – KrebsOnSecurity
Good old phishing attacks continue to score for attackers. Brian Krebs breaks down how criminals used phishing emails to get a toehold into a bank that eventually led to a multi-million dollar heist.
3. Amazon’s face ID tool mismatched 28 members of Congress to mug shots: ACLU – Reuters
Surveillance is big business. We need to have a conversation about it.
4. IBM Wins $83 Million From Groupon in E-Commerce Patents Case – Bloomberg
IBM has a patent portfolio that other companies must envy–and fear.
Vendor & Industry Blogs & Announcements
IETF 102: An update on securing BGP – APNIC Blog
11 Ways (Not) to Get Hacked – Kubernetes
ARTEMIS — neutralizing BGP hijacking within a minute – APNIC Blog
Network Break 194: Amazon Spooks Switch Vendors; Big Switch Brings VPCs On Prem (Link)
Extending the Hybrid Cloud with AWS Snowball Edge – Wahl Network
AWS Adds Compute Processing to Its Snowball Edge Device – SDX Central
Big Switch Redefines Hybrid Cloud with Cloud-First Networking Portfolio – Big Switch Networks
Deutsche Telekom Joins The Linux Foundation, Deepens Investment in Open Source Networking – The Linux Foundation
Embracing Openness to Power Future Network Services – The Linux Foundation
Cato Networks Incorporates User Identity Into SD-WAN Policies – Packet Pushers
Cisco Security Advisories and Alerts – Cisco Systems
Earnings Release FY18 Q4 – Microsoft