Putting the Hack in Hackathon: The Winners of Looker_Hack : London

Following the success of our first Hackathon last October at JOIN 2018, we wanted a way to show some #LoveLookerLove to the folks across the Atlantic. To do this, we decided to fly out to the UK, meet more of our innovative Looker customers, and host our first Hackathon event in London.


Be Competitive At Work (You'll Be A Better Team Player)

It all started innocently enough. I was chatting with a fellow freelance writer about growing her portfolio and client base. After more friendly conversation, she asked if I’d be willing to make an introduction to an editor I regularly work with. My stomach dropped into my shoes. Of course, I wanted to offer support and help her out—I’m not a total monster.


Thousands of NHS computers are still running Windows XP from beyond the grave

Two years after the WannaCry ransomware outbreak shone a light on the computer security of the UK’s National Health Service, and five years after Microsoft said it would no longer release patches for Windows XP, the NHS still has 2300 PCs running the outdated operating system. The worrying statistic came to light in the response to a parliamentary question asked by shadow minister Jo Platt MP. The fact that 2,300 NHS computers are still running Windows XP is, obviously, not great news.

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Fourteen Free SQL Software Tools

Our databases are the ones that keep the Internet alive. There has even been talk for some years about the development of operating systems with which users do not have direct contact with the files, but their personal files are stored in a local DB. In fact, we already see how there are online services that do this for us, such as Google Drive or Nextcloud, the latter written under free license Affero.


Exciting news about ServiceDesk Plus' IT asset management module

We’re delighted to announce that ServiceDesk Plus, our flagship IT service management (ITSM) solution, received PinkVERIFY 2011 certification for its IT asset management (ITAM) processes. This adds to ServiceDesk Plus’ existing PinkVERIFY certifications for its incident management, request fulfillment, and change management processes.


Five Tools for User Activity Monitoring

As discussed in our blog post [What is User Activity Monitoring?], user activity monitoring (UAM) is a form of surveillance that provides visibility and insight into employee productivity and engagement while also revealing insider security threats. While UAM on company-owned or company-sanctioned devices and networks is legal, ethical and HR considerations require that UAM be implemented with a high level of professionalism and sensitivity.


Anne-Marie Eklund Lwinder: "I was good at making others' code stop running very early on."

She’s the CISO of The Internet Foundation of Sweden (IIS) and one of 14 trusted individuals to hold a Key to the Internet, which means the DNSSEC key generation for the internet root zone. Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder is also one of the few Swedes who have been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.


Observing Google Cloud Platform Services Best Practices

Google Cloud Platform (GCP), offered by Google, is a suite of cloud computing services that runs on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for its end-user products, such as Google Search, Gmail and YouTube. Google Cloud Platform provides infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, and serverless computing environments.


PCI DSS: Testing Controls and Gathering Evidence

Compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is not easy to achieve. Quite the opposite, in fact: A 2017 Verizon report stated that 80 percent of companies fail their PCI DSS assessments, and only 29 percent of those that pass are still compliant after one year. PCI DSS compliance, like information security as a whole, is not a one-and-done process but ongoing. To succeed, your enterprise must be vigilant.