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May 9, 2008  12:51 PM

Did you see this? – the viral bitgirl

Posted by: Troy Tate
forensics, howto, humor, LAN, Metrics, Monitoring, network analysis, Networking, packet capture, Performance, reporting, tools, troubleshooting, WAN, wireshark

I have always had an appreciation for Laura Chappel of fame and her quirky sense of ... hmmmmm.. sense?? hahaha... well... she does have a great sense of humor and a heightened sense of awareness with respect to those...

May 6, 2008  12:47 PM

Researching Network TAPs – an end to network blindness? (part 3)

Posted by: Troy Tate
LAN, Monitoring, Network TAPs, Networking, WAN

I have now gotten back around to working on this activity. In case you have forgotten what I am working on, please review part 1 and

April 29, 2008  5:11 PM

I can’t get no technical (support) satisfaction

Posted by: Troy Tate
CIO, DataCenter, Linux, Microsoft Windows, Monitoring, Networking, Security, tools, troubleshooting

My apologies to the Rolling Stones for munging their classic song. How many times have you encountered a situation in your organization where something needs to be done yet either IT is not able or willing to...

April 18, 2008  1:16 PM

Did you see this? – Georgia requires security metric reporting

Posted by: Troy Tate
Data security, DataManagement, government, Metrics, Monitoring, NIST, reporting, Security

I saw this news release recently and wondered what standard metrics Georgia government agencies will be reporting and how they will be gathering the information. Are there any Georgia readers out there? How are you addressing this activity for your agency?

April 10, 2008  6:39 PM

Did you see this? – The Great SPAM diet

Posted by: Troy Tate
anti-virus, antivirus, blogging, email, malware, Monitoring, online identity, Security, spam

McAfee, Inc. Launches Global S.P.A.M. Experiment Fifty Volunteers around the World Say 'Yes' to a Diet of Spam for 30 Days - Started April 1, 2008 McAfee, Inc. announced the launch of its global S.P.A.M. (Spammed Persistently All Month) Experiment. For the month of April, 50 participants...

April 8, 2008  2:21 PM

VoIP, IPT, QOS, COS, on and on – Oh My!

Posted by: Troy Tate
DataCenter, howto, LAN, Monitoring, Performance, VoIP

Well, well, well, so you want to implement voice over IP or IP telephony. You have heard it is going to give you some great cost savings and make your life easier. Hmmmm... upon further thought, the idea of implementing this technology frightens you and I totally understand why. I have...

April 4, 2008  1:40 PM

Did you see this? – Sandbox behavior

Posted by: Troy Tate
Data security, Monitoring, Security, tools

Many of our organizations use "standard" anti-virus like the Symantec, McAfee, Panda, Trend-Micro products. Virus signatures are still valuable, don't get me wrong, but it seems like there are newer detection methods out there that are challenging this time-tested technology. Heuristics have gotten...

April 2, 2008  6:22 PM

Researching Network TAPs – an end to network blindness? (part 2)

Posted by: Troy Tate
LAN, Monitoring, Network TAPs, Networking, Performance, WAN

As expected there are several different manufacturers and models that can handle this task. The reseller I spoke with suggested three different devices from two different manufacturers. Network Instruments nTAP - This is the particular device that initially captured my interest in this type of...

March 20, 2008  1:09 PM

Researching Network TAPs – an end to network blindness?

Posted by: Troy Tate
Monitoring, Network TAPs, Networking, WAN

What is the best means of watching data network traffic at the edge? My need: watch traffic inbound and outbound at the edge of the LAN and be able to remotely view reports. The reports would show information such as: current traffic flow volume & conversations; historic traffic flow volume;...

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