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Things We Hate About New Devices

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In Today’s PICNIC episode, we welcome a few of our friends at Ipswitch, all passionate about their job and new technologies.

First our hosts, Kevin Conklin and Greg Mooney! No need to introduce them anymore after more than 20 episodes!

Alex Fisher is a Web marketer deeply involved in all aspects of online strategy. Alex specializes in web design, social media, information architecture, usability, A/B testing, landing page optimization and really well knows and understands end-users.

Jeff Edwards is an experienced writer, editor, and marketing professional dedicated to shedding light on the struggles of the modern IT team and in unlocking the mysteries of information security for the layperson.

Mark Towler is a Marketing Strategist specialized in Messaging and Lead Generation. To do so, Mark understands users and translates complex technical concepts into benefit-oriented messaging to answer his audience’s needs. Proficient with software, hardware, cloud/SaaS, B2B, B2C Mark specializes in Carrier and enterprise networking including core-to-edge switching products and service assurance as well as telecommunications and high-tech in general.

Some of the questions we would love to discuss/debate today are:

  • Vendors handling of updates, such as throttling performance on old phones and their excuse for doing so
  • Vendors pushes people to buy wireless headphones to remove the headphone jack. Has they overstepped its bounds?

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love GDPR

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In Today’s PICNIC episode, we are pleased to welcome our dear friend Steve Staden, CISSP, Senior Director of Product Management at Ipswitch.

Steve Staden has served Ipswitch for nearly a decade in various product management roles. Currently, he is head of the company’s secure file management and network monitoring group. He also spearheads Ipswitch’s efforts to achieve GDPR compliance in its operations as well as on-premise and cloud-based product offerings. Specialties include security, analytics, managed file transfer, log management, network management and systems management. For more information: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sstaden/

During this episode, we will try to answer the key questions related to European GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which will be effective May 25, 2018:

  • What’s the biggest pain point around GDPR?
  • Who is impacted by GDPR?
  • What can GDPR be compared to?
  • Why should you even care about GDPR?

What happens after May 25th, the enforcement date?

Why IT Professionals Need to Learn to Code

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For our first PICNIC episode of 2018, we welcome our friend and returning guest Adam Bertam, Chief Automator at Adam the Automator LLC.

Adam Bertram is an automation engineer, blogger, independent consultant, freelance writer, author, trainer, and presenter. Adam focuses on DevOps, system management, and automation technologies as well as various cloud platforms. He is a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, a passionate learner and efficiency nerd that enjoys teaching others a better way to leverage automation. You can find Adam at his adamtheautomator.com blog, LinkedIn or on Twitter at @adbertram.

Ever since the introduction of the Infrastructure in the Cloud and DevOps over the past decade, IT professionals have seen a giant pivot in the skill sets that are needed to get the job done. Hardware maintenance and repair is only small part of the job now. Tape backups are being replaced by cloud backups, servers are becoming virtualized, and system administration is being automated to save time. With all that said, that means coding and scripting is coming to the forefront of everything that IT people do. Today we are going to talk about the changes going on in the IT world and if you are an IT professional, why you need to learn how to code.

Questions we will cover with Adam today:

  • As a PowerShell guru, you’ve certainly have been ahead of the game when it comes to scripting and automation in IT. I bet we can’t say the same for many other small and medium businesses. Why do IT pros need to learn to code?
  • So, we are trending in the direction that many of IT’s tasks need to be automated. Do you think there is a shortage of IT pros who have coding skills in the workforce because of this? How does one get started if they have been focused on hardware their whole career, for instance?
  • What if you hate coding and scripting and you work in IT? Is it time to start looking for another career path?
  • I know you are biased towards PowerShell., but if I’m an IT person looking to learn a new language, which language would you recommend and why?
  • Coding has always been tied to being a programmer. Are you saying that all IT pros need to be programmers? That seems like it would be a big leap for a lot of people in this line of work.
  • Could you share some resources that have helped you keep your scripting skills fresh? Any recommendations for the uninitiated?

Infrastructure as Code

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In Today’s PICNIC episode, we welcome our friend and frequent guest Adam Bertam, Chief Automator at Adam the Automator LLC.

Adam Bertram is an automation engineer, blogger, independent consultant, freelance writer, author, trainer, and presenter. Adam focuses on DevOps, system management, and automation technologies as well as various cloud platforms. He is a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, a passionate learner and efficiency nerd that enjoys teaching others a better way to leverage automation. You can find Adam at his adamtheautomator.com blog, LinkedIn or on Twitter at @adbertram.

Adam Bertram is also a PowerShell guru and Microsoft MVP. When it comes to PowerShell and using it’s powers to automate tasks in IT, Adam is an encyclopedia on the subject.

The idea of today’s episode is to cover questions such as:

  • What exactly do we mean when we say Infrastructure as Code (IaC)? How does this tie into Infrastructure as a Service?
  • So the big problem that Infrastructure as Code solves for has everything to do with scaling and automation is the means to an end when it comes to this concept of IaC?
  • Would you say that IaC gave birth to the idea of DevOps? I mean you’re essentially developing and infrastructure to scale, so it brings a coding dynamic to the IT field.
  • Why would you use PowerShell as opposed to more popular languages used in IaC, such as Ansible or Ruby on Rails?

The Importance of Human Element in Fighting Cyber Crime

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In Today’s PICNIC episode, we are pleased to welcome Joy Beland, President at Pink Hat Technology Management.

Since starting her consulting practice in 1997, Joy’s ability to develop solid and creative technology solutions has brought efficiency and affordability to small and medium businesses alike. Joy began her consulting practice with Hebrew Union College (HUC), for eight years. In her first role as Network Administrator (1997-2004), Joy single-handedly supported five servers and 105 computers. As Joy added more technicians to her team, it enabled her to focus on securing more small business clients, obtain Microsoft Certifications, and align LA IT Girl with the industry’s most notable vendor partners. Her extensive experience in implementing business plans, setting and achieving project goals, and developing workflow processes while utilizing the most efficient technology has resulted in bringing far more to the table than just creative technology solutions.

Picking up momentum in early 2015, Joy’s focus shifted to cyber security. Her philosophy is that offering protection and peace of mind to her clients is paramount, and continues LA IT Girl’s tradition of secure and reliable network support. Joy obtained her Security + certification and trained with the FBI on Ethical Hacking, as well as testing and implementing layers of cyber protection for her own business and her clients.

To address the cybersecurity needs of the community, Joy created Pink Hat Technology Management, a division of LA IT Girl, Inc., to offer security solutions to small and medium business owners in 2016. Joy has gained national attention for her thought leadership in cyber security solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, as she focuses intently on accident response, proactive training, and the best way to communicate gaps in vulnerability with her clients. Joy’s individualized network planning, strict attention to detail, concise communication, and service loyalty make her a well-respected and sought-after IT partner.

In today’s episode, we will discuss:
• Security awareness
• Staff training
• Employees skills
• Network health
• Reputation and Dollar saving

Has your company turned you into a social engineering lab rat?

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In this PICNIC episode, we welcome Arun Vishwanath to talk about The Psychology of Users Falling for Social Engineering Tactics.  The host is Greg Mooney.

Arun Vishwanath, Ph.D., MBA, is Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. 

Arun’s research focuses on the “people problems” of cyber security. His particular interest is in understanding why organizational insiders willingly exfiltrate sensitive organizational data, why people become unintentional insiders by falling prey to social engineering attacks, and on ways we can harness this understanding to secure cyber space 

His research has been presented at leading outlets from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab to the U.S. Army Cyber Institute at West Point and BlackHat.

Arun has authored more than two-dozen peer reviewed research papers on the science of cyber security and is a frequent CNN opinion contributor. His work has been cited in leading outlets from Scientific American to Wired Magazine

During today’s episode, we will discuss topics such as election hacking, social engineering and so much more.

Join us on Thursday November 9 at 3:00 pm ET!

PowerShell, what and why?

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In Today’s PICNIC episode, our host Greg Mooney welcomes Adam Bertram and his guests Jeffrey Hicks and Michael Greene. We'll be having a discussion, in a roundtable format, on the "whats" and "whys" of this popular scripting language.

A little bit about our guests:

Adam Bertram is Chief Automator at Adam the Automator LLC. He is an automation engineer, blogger, independent consultant, freelance writer, author, trainer, and presenter. Adam focuses on DevOps, system management, and automation technologies as well as various cloud platforms. He is a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, a passionate learner and efficiency nerd that enjoys teaching others a better way to leverage automation. You can find Adam at is adamtheautomator.com blog, LinkedIn or on Twitter at @adbertram.

Jeffery Hicks is an IT veteran with over 25 years of experience, much of it spent as an IT infrastructure consultant specializing in Microsoft server technologies with an emphasis in automation and efficiency. He is a multi-year recipient of the Microsoft MVP Award. He works today as an independent author, teacher and consultant. Jeff has taught and presented on PowerShell and the benefits of automation to IT Pros worldwide. Jeff has authored and co-authored a number of books, writes for numerous online sites and print publications, is a contributing editor at Petri.com, a Pluralsight author, and a frequent speaker at technology conferences and user groups.

Michael Greene is a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft and is lead program manager for the Desired State Configuration (DSC) product. Michael is also co-lead for Azure DSC, and community manager for Azure Security & Operations Management Services.

During today’s roundtable, our host and guests will cover questions every IT pro has:

  • Top three reasons to why someone would want to learn PowerShell
  • The biggest blocker that prevents more people from using PowerShell
  • The most rewarding story heard from an IT professional that had adopted PowerShell
  • Microsoft action plan to work with the community