What’s going on

30Jan09

This has been a very interesting and busy month, what a way to kick of 2009.  Here is a quick catch up of what is going on with me, you can expect some spin out posts to come:

  • Better Visibility — I’ve spent lots of time focusing on how we have everything connected, why it is connected the way it is, and what is happening across the network and on the systems.  We recently implemented a SIEM solution from Q1 Labs which is awesome!  There will definitely be a post coming from my experience with their QRadar product.  The amount of visibility I now have at my fingertips at any point in time makes me sleep better at night.
  • Power upgrades — We have really bad luck when it comes to reliable power at our office.  We had about 12 power outages in 2008, none planned.  We are re-evaluating the power distribution and battery backup systems.  UPS technology has come a long way over the years, some cool stuff out there.
  • Vulnerability Assessments — I have always run some type of vulnerability scan both internally and externally on my networks, but not necessarily as regular or structured as I would like.  That is all changing this year.  I’m working on automating lots of this and planning to combine it with QRadar.
  • Business Continuity Planning — Many discussions around what is important to the business, what the risks are, and how to mitigate those risks.  This has been an interesting project, not from the technology point of view but for the conversations around what people see as important and why.
  • Teaching — Have been giving crash courses on virtualization and cloud computing to some non-technical folks.  Has been challenging but good at the same time.
  • Reading — This isn’t just a 2009 thing.  At the end of 2008 I decided to start reading more, specifically reading more non-technical material.  I’m on my 5th book in 3 months and have some in queue.
  • Documentation — There is so much of what I do that lives only in my head.  This means that in the past 5 years I have not been able to take a vacation and truly relax knowing that things will in fact be ok in my absence.  This is going to be a year long project, but I am determined to transfer knowledge.
  • 201 CMR 17.00 — This has come back around to become my problem, for now anyway.  From a technology perspective it isn’t a big deal for us as 99% of what is required we have in place already.  The non technical aspect is what has me worried, we’ll see how it goes.

That covers most of it.  SuperBowl Sunday is only a few days away and although the Pats will not be playing this year we still use it as an excuse for good food and time with friends.  Man I am going to miss football for the next 7 months.

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