Ray Heffer | Double VCDX #122

Getting a Grip on Privacy and Security

Posted on 23 Jun 2019

Privacy and security are not one of the same. Without security, your privacy will be compromised. This is easy enough to understand if you think about your home. The place you sleep safe at night. The doors, windows, curtains, and shutters provide you with both privacy and security. Some people might even have locks on their doors and windows!

When it comes down to our digital privacy and security, people don’t always think of it in the same way. Unlike the physical world we live in, the digital world is abundant with malware, tracking cookies, identity theft, data collection, and an exploding number of data breaches. If you fail to take any measures to protect your personal data, then that next data breach could cost you dearly.

One way to illustrate my point is to try a little experiment. Head over to HaveIBeenPwned or DeHashed, and see if your email address is found in any of the data breaches. If not then congratulations. But give it time, and check back again someday.

Another example is at-home DNA testing kits, which are becoming very popular these days. They are cheap and easy to use. However, how would you feel if you were turned down for health insurance or you have to pay a hefty premium based on your DNA? The video below, by Verge Science, shows how you could be identified via your DNA even if you’ve never taken a DNA test yourself. You may be thinking “I’m not a serial killer, so I don’t care”, but what would happen if these private DNA databases get shared with your insurance company? Worse still, your DNA profile gets leaked in a data breach.

Tagged with: privacy osint security

EUC Visio Stencils and Icons (2018)

Posted on 22 Jan 2018

Horizon Cloud on Azure

I’ve been using Microsoft Visio for a very long time, and it’s still my tool of choice when creating architecture diagrams. Since PowerPoint on the Mac has been massively improved I do use that more often, but you can’t beat Visio for the more detailed diagrams. With that, it has been almost 3 years since I shared my last EUC Visio stencil set so I decided it’s time for an update for 2018. I do intend to add a lot more shapes to this set as I create them. Many of these are from existing Visio Stencils available online (see links below), whereas others are ones I’ve collected over the years or had to create myself. You can see all of the shapes and icons included in this Visio Stencil Set in the image above.

Tagged with: vmware vdi euc networking cloud

VMware Horizon 7.4 Network Ports for Cloud Pod Architecture

Posted on 16 Jan 2018

Horizon Cloud on Azure

Earlier this month (January 2018) VMware released Horizon 7.4, and with that I wanted to share some updates in regard to the network port requirements. My good colleagues over in the EUC Technical Marketing team are doing a fine job of maintaining the diagram and have recently published a white paper PDF which you’ll find here. It’s a beast of a document and highly recommended if you are deploying a VMware Horizon architecture in your environment.

Tagged with: vmware azure vdi euc networking

Free eBook, Building a Secure Wordpress Server (LAMP) with CentOS 7

Posted on 18 Aug 2017

After writing a series of blog posts and guides on CentOS for several years now, as part of my Essential Linux Skills with CentOS 7 series, I have decided to publish a free eBook covering the complete guide on setting up your own highly secure web server for blogging (WordPress). Linux is still a hobby, and while it comes in handy for my day job, it has been long since I was a Linux administrator. I once remember someone describing it as an art.

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Cloud Momentum, VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture

Posted on 09 Aug 2017

Virtustream Global Developer Conference

We’re 18 days away from another VMworld in Las Vegas, and it’s going to be another amazing year, with a packed agenda crammed with sessions on our SDDC stack, including vSAN, NSX and vSphere, in addition to VMware on AWS and Cloud Foundation, all being my favorite topics at the moment. You’ll also find me discussing Cross-Cloud Architecture along with Adrian Roberts and Victor Sandoval, in the Ask the vCloud Air Network Cloud Experts [LHC1566PU] session which is on Monday at 12.30 so feel free to bring something to eat and drink for an hour of technical discussion!

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