Five Security Priorities to Consider With a Remote Workforce

Many organizations are prioritizing the health and well being of their workforce in the wake of the current global pandemic. Many threat actors are also taking advantage of this opportunity. I’ve seen recent examples of social engineering—with calculated phishing campaigns preying on those who seek information on the COVID-19. As noted by Security Researcher Brian Krebs, one hacker group even used a copy of a legitimate map of the impact of the virus to infect machines with malware.


Why Observability Needs to Stay Weird

It’s a strange truth about technology — most of our problems with it wind up being, well, weird. This seems strange when you step back to think about it. There’s a bit of a meme that’s been going around for several years now, that a computer is just a rock that we tricked into thinking — but it’s true! Computers, and the systems we build with them, all should be very ordered and logical, because the underlying thing that backs them is extremely straightforward math.


Virtualizing a Network Operations Center

A Network Operations Center (NOC) is a location from which IT support technicians can supervise, monitor, and maintain client networks and infrastructure. Because they act as a central nervous system for many organizations, NOCs are typically located in a central physical location. The global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an unprecedented situation that is creating new challenges for everyone—and that includes NOCs.

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How To Secure Home Computers That Are Connected To Corporate Networks

Coronavirus is changing everything. But amid all the talk of shut-downs, quarantine, and stock market crashes, another huge impact of the current crisis has been a little overlooked: it’s consequences for cybersecurity. With hundreds of thousands of employees now working from home – in the US, Europe, and all over the world – many companies have had to rapidly put in place systems for them to connect their home devices to corporate networks.

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Elasticsearch Query Performance | Metrics to Watch

If you’re using the Elasticsearch query functionality, for mainly front-facing client search, there are 3 important metrics to monitor performance. Your cluster can be putting up with any number of queries at a time. The volume of queries over time will align roughly to the load of requests laying a potential burden. Unexpected peaks and valley in a time series of query load could be signs of a problem or potential optimization opportunities.


Challenges using Prometheus at scale

This article will cover the most common challenges you might find when trying to use Prometheus at scale. Prometheus is one of the foundations of the cloud-native environment. It has become the de-facto standard for visibility in Kubernetes environments, creating a new category called Prometheus monitoring. The Prometheus journey is usually tied to the Kubernetes journey and the different development stages, from proof of concept to production.


Challenges with Implementing SLOs

A few months ago, Honeycomb released our SLO — Service Level Objective — feature to the world. We’ve written before about how to use it and some of the use scenarios. Today, I’d like to say a little more about how the feature has evolved, and what we did in the process of creating it. (Some of these notes are based on my talk, “Pitfalls in Measuring SLOs;” you can find the slides to that talk here, or view the video on our Honeycomb Talks page).


Software and team structures: the fundamental relationship

Software developers and software architects have, for a very long time, stood on opposite sides of the “whose is better” competition. They have completely different beliefs, with each vowing that theirs is the correct one. Some swear by Java as the holy grail of backend; some worship Go as the right solution to all your backend problems. But, really, is there one right answer? Apart from the tools that you use, the architecture you will be using differs from company to company.


Operational Database in CDP

Cloudera’s operational database (OpDB) in CDP delivers a real-time, always available, scalable OpDB that serves traditional structured data alongside new unstructured data within a unified Operational and Warehousing platform. Cloudera delivers an operational database that serves traditional structured data alongside new unstructured data within a unified open-source platform.