Someone deleted my file. How can I find out who?

If you’ve ever been tasked with recovering a lost file or folder and had to explain exactly what happened (Who moved or deleted it? When did it happen? Why?), you know how annoyingly time-consuming it can be. And sometimes you simply don’t have any good answers. All you can do is restore from backup. How…

Going Back To SQL Server 2008 In Order To Move Ahead

Last year, Microsoft ended its support for SQL 2008/R2. Customers with an enterprise agreement are still supported, but it’s a good idea to start planning your upgrade. Upgrading your production SQL Servers without a detailed plan of attack can be risky and result in a messy, time-consuming weekend (or two). The very first step is…

The Journey to File Permission Perfection  

More devices than ever. More platforms to choose from. An expanding universe of data choices that can be both exciting and confusing at the same time. Tablets, phablets, laptops, iOS, Android, Windows, UNIX/Linux file servers, and NAS devices. Add SharePoint, Dropbox, Google Drive, and LinkedIn to the mix. These are all awesome platforms for allowing…

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Microsoft Fixes Kerberos Silver Ticket Vulnerability

The Kerberos Golden Ticket already had a mythic status in the hacking world even before this summer’s Black Hat conference rolled around. In theory, a hacker could create a universal authentication ticket and lurk forever in an organization’s IT system.  The how-to-accomplish part, though, was always a little murky. At the conference a lot of…

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Feng Shui Fabulous

Happy New Year! One way to celebrate 2015 with fresh, new energy is to implement Feng Shui. Feng Shui is a popular practice in many Asian households to balance the energies of a space: promoting health, wealth and good luck. An important element of Feng Shui is to get rid of clutter. Clutter creates confusion,…

What Is Group Policy?

One of the most indispensable features of Active Directory is Group Policy. Group Policy is a feature that allows you to centralize user and computer settings throughout a network. For example, if you have 1,000 PCs and you don’t want to spend an eternity manually configuring the shutdown/logoff/restart options in the “Start” menu, you can…

Alex Is Smarter Than a Hacker [Contest]

We had a strong feeling that our Metadata Era readers were up to our hashing challenge. And they certainly came through. After reviewing many solutions, our judges have chosen Alex Bessonov of New Jersey as the contest winter. And his victory came just in the nick of time: his son’s Nexus 7 had recently stopped…

12 Days of IT Security Presents

At the Metadata Era, we decided to start our holiday celebration early. We’ve put together 12 content gift packages that will point you to interesting blog posts, whitepapers, research reports, webinars, and even a few of our favorite tweets from the last year.  So pour an eggnog, sit by your laptop, and enjoy opening our…

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Varonis + Office 365

What is Office 365? Cloud-based Office 365 for Business and Enterprise allows subscribers to access Microsoft-hosted versions of Exchange, SharePoint, and file sharing services (OneDrive).  This means customers don’t host the infrastructure themselves, and employees can access Office 365 applications and data from anywhere, and from most devices (Mac/PC, tablets, iPad, and smart phones). Are…

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Windows Server 2003 End of Life is Approaching

The support for Windows Server 2003 is slated to end July 14, 2015, so it’s time to start thinking about migrating if you haven’t already. According to one TechNet blogger, the average Windows Server migration takes 200 days! The good news is that you aren’t the only IT department facing this reality. It’s anticipated that…