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October 25, 2020 | 12:22

Whitebox-Monitoring with Prometheus

Winter is coming! Winter time has already arrived, and soon the Corona Lockdown aswell. Sitting at home in the warmth with a cup of tea, having a complete overview of the IT is a good feeling. The catchword here is “complete”. I don’t rely on traditional blackbox monitoring solutions1 but rather on the whitebox solution called Prometheus2. Behind Prometheus there is no single company but an initiative of various ones. The who-is-who of the tech industry with RedHat, Amazon, Apple, ARM and many others3. Read more

October 16, 2020 | 18:50

Working in your Homeoffice - Part III

The third and last part of my little blog series is all about planning and implementation. Inevitably, we come into contact with project management and other underlying factors. I keep my promise from part one and finally show a blueprint for risk assessment. I hope you enjoy the read! As always, the following disclaimer applies: Everything without any claim to completeness and universal validitiy. Your milage may vary! Don’t ask your IT Departement Where to go when it all comes down to workingplaces at home? Read more

October 5, 2020 | 20:00

Hacking - where are the limits?

In the previous webinar on IT risk assessment and information security, participants questioned me during the 15-minute live hacking session: Is this not illegal? We took a closer peek at the servers of an ambulant care unit and two other businesses. I found them by chance from a total of 28 million hosts1 across Germany using specific search terms. The search lasted just a few seconds and after that we browsed through the numerous directories with patient data and medical prescriptions. Read more

September 10, 2020 | 11:00

Script for Testing-Farm

Yesterday evening somebody desperately fought in despair with Packer, the younger sister of Vagrant. The goal was to create a testing farm of n machines for Virtualbox and make them accessible via SSH for further automated software testing/rollout. For me, this is much easier by using a simple bashscript. This morning I’ve made one even before the very first cup of coffee. #!/bin/bash # Pfad zur Master .ova Datei MASTER_OVA="$HOME/projects/testingfarm/DebianBuster.ova" # Anzahl der gewünschten VMs AMOUNT=2 # Name der VMs (Index und Datum werden noch angefügt = NAME-n-YYYYMMDD) PREF_VMNAME="debian" # Anzahl der CPUs PREF_CPU=1 # Zugewiesener Speicher PREF_MEMORY=1024 # Datums-Suffix THE_DATE=$(date +%Y%m%d) # Logdatei zum prüfen THE_LOG="$HOME/projects/testingfarm/$THE_DATE-$PREF_VMNAME. Read more

September 5, 2020 | 12:50

Privacy Shield Humour with Discord

Lately I received the following invitation for an online meeting in a network of consultants: The EU-US Privacy Shield has been overturned by the ECJ. What does this mean for companies and service providers? Which services may still be used and which data may be transferred? Exactly my topic and I continued further reading. The link at the end of the mail led to a meeting room on the platform discord. Read more

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