The Practical System Administration Roundup

Whether you’re a new at system administration or an old hand, it’s always great to know someone who is experienced in your profession. In this case, the Practical Sysadmin Josh Reichardt is that helpful resource for your sysadmin needs.

If you’ve missed Josh’s posts on topics ranging from setting up Rancher dev environments to data backups to different prompts to use at the command line, here’s your chance to check them out below. Continue reading “The Practical System Administration Roundup”

March Bracket Challenge: What’s The Scariest Thing Your Users Do?

It’s March, which means one thing here in the U.S. (okay, two if you count St. Patrick’s Day) — it’s tourney time! Everyone fills out their college basketball brackets to see who can pick the best mascots — I mean basketball teams — each game.

To celebrate the Sweet 16, we’ve created our own bracket that we know IT folks will love. A bracket to help you determine what’s the scariest thing your users do! Alright, maybe you’ll love it because two randomly selected people will win a $150 Amazon gift card.

To participate in SmartFile’s bracket challenge, click here. You must submit your brackets by March 29th, 2017! Even if you don’t win, don’t fret, because we will be doing a consolation tournament that we’ll announce on the 30th of March. We’ll also let you know what frightening user activity was most often selected as the champion! Continue reading “March Bracket Challenge: What’s The Scariest Thing Your Users Do?”

SmartFile Enrolls at The Union

SmartFile has moved! If you will recall, we previously had our home in the Stutz building, a great office space with a lot of charm. However, as we’ve grown so have our space requirements.

We wanted to move into a new office that was able to expand as our team grew, so while we were sad to leave the Stutz (and various delicacies from Bearcats) behind, we were excited to move on to bigger opportunities. We were especially excited to move into another historic building with an interesting history. Continue reading “SmartFile Enrolls at The Union”

Letting Toddlers Fly the Airplane: How a Lack of Process and Education Can Kill Technological Solutions

Recently I attended the RSA Conference in San Francisco. Conferences like this are always a great place to learn about new products and trends, not to mention great for networking and picking up potential customers. This massive conference held row after row of cybersecurity and technology corporations vying for my attention and business.

From venerable industry brands to unique startups, everyone was there showing off their problem-solving products. However, they all seemed to be lacking one critical component: a knowledge of end-user processes and the education it takes to see the big picture. Hear me out on this one, because it would seem that the many problems companies have with their technical solutions don’t necessarily call for more technology. Continue reading “Letting Toddlers Fly the Airplane: How a Lack of Process and Education Can Kill Technological Solutions”

My Favorite File Sharing App is Blocked. Help Me, SmartFile!

We get it — you were just trying to do your job. All you wanted was to share that large file with your coworker, client or boss. But alas, your favorite file sharing method has been blocked. Don’t worry — you’re not alone.

Today businesses are moving away from the BYO trend, whether devices (BYOD) or cloud (BYOC) apps, because of the risks they bring in from lack of oversight and transparency for corporations. Continue reading “My Favorite File Sharing App is Blocked. Help Me, SmartFile!”

Swinging for the Fences: Why Selling the Best Solutions Brings the Best Clients

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

These words, spoken by the remarkable Sean Stephenson (who knows a thing or two about pain and suffering), have been resonating with me lately. We, as humans, are going to experience some kind of pain, but what we do not have to experience is suffering. And while some take this pain and learn from it, others let it needlessly linger. Continue reading “Swinging for the Fences: Why Selling the Best Solutions Brings the Best Clients”

A Hack in the Backyard: How 3 Steps Can Help Your Business Avoid a Data Breach

In a world where we all try to be ever-vigilant of threats, it’s frustrating when small, innocuous things slip through our defenses.

Such is the case of a local restaurant in Indianapolis called Scotty’s Brewhouse that fell victim to a data breach. Over the last weekend, managers of the restaurant discovered that the personally identifiable information (PII) of their 4,000-strong workforce had been exposed.

In this case, it wasn’t an obviously malicious attack, it was as simple as an employee responding to an email. Keep reading to figure out what happened and learn how to deal with a social engineering data breach. Continue reading “A Hack in the Backyard: How 3 Steps Can Help Your Business Avoid a Data Breach”

The Terrorist in Your Toaster: The Next Generation of IoT Hacking

When I was five, my parents got me a robot. Connected to a wired controller, I could move it back and forth, raise its arms, flash lights and plenty of other awesome things that would spark any child’s imagination. I loved that robot even though it sucked in a few different ways.

It made me want to improve it and I would dream of ways it could be better, like having it talk to other robots and machines (I was a tad too young for The Terminator at this point) or making it do things for me. Thanks to the internet and the advancement of robotics, my boyhood dreams are coming true. Continue reading “The Terrorist in Your Toaster: The Next Generation of IoT Hacking”

How to Use PowerShell to Watch For and Report File Changes

I have been spending more time using Windows in recent months and as a result, have been exploring PowerShell. It is refreshing to work with a Windows-based scripting language. If you aren’t familiar with PowerShell already, I suggest you check it out. One area that is interesting to explore is PowerShell reporting scripts.

PowerShell is very convenient and flexible, especially for hacking together small scripts and tools. I am not a PowerShell expert, but the good news is that you don’t need to be to get started writing useful scripts. This ease of use is a great selling point for integrating PowerShell in general workflows for scripting and automation in Windows-based systems. Continue reading “How to Use PowerShell to Watch For and Report File Changes”