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Ignite 2016 Wrap-Up

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Paul Robichaux

I just flew back from Microsoft Ignite, and boy are my arms tired. (Not really; I got to fly myself there and back.) It was a tremendous conference, with lots of announcements, product changes, attendee chatter, and various other happenings. I wanted to write a quick recap of some Ignite highlights, but first: a quick book review. (I promise it’s relevant.)

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Q1 Release

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Paul Robichaux
One of my favorite parts of being ENow’s CTO is bragging on the work our technical team does. I’m delighted to announce the latest GA release of the ENow Management System, 7.2.0.1999. (Yes, that’s an odd version number—we purposely chose it in honor of Prince’s passing. Now we can, with a straight face, tell our customers to party like it’s 1999, as long as “party” means “upgrade” and “like it’s 1999” means “with our awesome new installer.”)
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The Sony Hack: Vital Lessons for Microsoft Admins

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Paul Robichaux

On November 24th, a post on Reddit announced that Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) had been hacked by a group calling itself the Guardians of Peace (GOP). Since that time, a steady stream of claims, counterclaims, data from the breach, and reports about that data has occupied both mainstream and IT-focused media. There are lots of open questions about what happened, who exactly is responsible, and what the long-term impact of the breach will be for SPE. The more important questions to ask right now, though, revolve around how to ensure that you’re not the next high-profile organization to have its security woes splashed across the front page of the New York Times and CNN.

What we know

Examining what we know (or can assume with a high level of confidence) about the breach is a good place to start. The most comprehensive public analysis is probably the one posted by RiskBased Security, which has gathered a treasure trove of links to analysis and commentary. Different media outlets and security professionals have very different takes on the attack, from the outlets focused on the sensational aspects (who’s badmouthing who, how much SPE spent or made on individual projects) to those that instead focus on the mechanics of the attack and the possible legal consequences for SPE.
Here’s a brief summary of what we know, based on the materials that have been released by the attackers, research and commentary from security experts, and credible press reports:

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