IT Pro Tuesday #19

SSL Test, Hacking Podcast, Free Tools and More

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Hello IT Pro,

In case you missed it, last week we did a mega summary list of everything we’ve done to date, which went down very well. Many thanks for all the kind, appreciative comments on Reddit. A few of my favorites:

  • “What a great and comprehensive list. It’s folks like you who make the global community of sysadmins better.” Vohdre
  • “Is this the new wiki? Should be…” benharv
  • “That’s not just an upvote, that’s a habitual lurker upvote.” z3r0k0ntr0l

You can check it out here on Medium or Reddit.

Here are the most interesting items that have come across our desks, laptops, and phones this week. As always, EveryCloud has no known affiliation with any of these unless we explicitly state otherwise.

A Free Service

SSL Labs SSL Server Test is a free online service that will run a deep analysis on the configuration for any SSL web server. Simply enter the hostname, and you’ll get a detailed report highlighting any problems found on each server.

A Podcast

Darknet Diaries podcast relates the fascinating, true stories of hackers, defenders, threats, malware, botnets, breaches, and privacy. The show’s producer, Jack Rhysider, is a security-world veteran who gained experience fighting such exploits at a Security Operations Center. Thanks to unarj for suggesting this one.

A Book

The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win tells the story of an IT manager’s efforts to save his company’s dysfunctional IT dept. The company’s new IT initiative, code named Phoenix Project, is behind schedule and hugely over budget. Bill is given 90 days to resolve the entire mess — or have his entire department outsourced. An entertaining read, with elements that seem familiar to most system admins. Comes highly recommended by sp00n_b3nd3r.

A Free Tool

Postman is a popular, free app to make API development faster and easier. It offers a powerful GUI, saved history of requests, flexible monitoring, automated testing with collection runner, mock servers, and unlimited collections, environments, tests, and sharing. It also provides detailed documentation.

A Blog

Ned Pyle’s blog from Microsoft’s Directory Services Team contains a wealth of posts on best practices and solutions to common issues. While no longer actively maintained by Ned Pyle, the library of information already posted is incredibly valuable. Thanks to azers for bringing this one to our attention.

Have a fantastic week and as usual, let me know any comments.

Graham | CEO | EveryCloud

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