Changing “The Way It Is”

Changing “The Way It Is”

Could you count the number of times you’ve heard the statement: “That’s just the way it is”? These days I find myself challenging my peers and clients on their reasoning for relying on old processes or ineffective methods. Their response is often some format of the statement above. Our initial human response is frequently one of acceptance and submission—the old “if it’s not broke, don’t fix...

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As the Banking World Turns: How Salesforce Supports Delivering Better Customer Experiences for Midsize Banks

As the Banking World Turns: How Salesforce Supports Delivering Better Customer Experiences for Midsize Banks

Most mid-sized commercial banks typically offer much more than just traditional loan and deposit products – they’re a one stop shop for all your financial needs. More and more banks have increased their focus on ancillary lines of business such as wealth/investment management, insurance, credit cards, and other non-traditional products. These services often provide steady and diversified...

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How the Microsoft/LinkedIn Acquisition Could Potentially Change Common Business Tasks

How the Microsoft/LinkedIn Acquisition Could Potentially Change Common Business Tasks

Recently, Microsoft announced that it had acquired LinkedIn via a cash buyout of $26.2 billion – the third largest acquisition of 2016 thus far.  Due to the notoriety of the two companies involved, this high profile purchase has garnered many headlines and has amplified discussion of the cloud war.  Many companies are pouring money into cloud-based platforms for a variety of reasons, including...

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So Many Databases To Monitor, So Little Time (Part 2 of 2)

So Many Databases To Monitor, So Little Time (Part 2 of 2)

Picking up from last time, we’ve successfully prepared our instances in the proper way by utilizing Transact-SQL. Meaning, we were able to correctly map the service account that Tripwire uses to all the databases in a given instance. Additionally, we were able to grant the proper permissions to the account so that Tripwire will function correctly.…

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Unlocking the Blockchain’s Potential

Unlocking the Blockchain’s Potential

Raw talent needs coaching Few teams in the National Basketball Association can say they’re better positioned for the future than the Minnesota Timberwolves. Despite losing 65% of their games this past season, the T-Wolves have a young roster oozing with talent, though lacking in experience. Headlining the squad are Andrew Wiggins, the 21 year-old, hyper-athletic wing, and Karl-Anthony Towns...

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Customer Experience in a Pokeball?

Customer Experience in a Pokeball?

Pokémon Go is the latest and hottest trend in North America and Australia right now, but it has yet to go viral beyond these boundaries. The limited global presence is not due to a lack of international demand, as we’ve seen many clones appearing in China, but is perhaps because the robustness of data required is only available for development and use within those geographic territories.…

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Transparent Data Encryption with the Azure Key Vault

Transparent Data Encryption with the Azure Key Vault

In last week’s post, we covered a BitLocker implementation for Azure virtual machines. But as mentioned in that post, because BitLocker doesn’t fully satisfy the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requirement (specifically, 3.4 and 3.5.2) for data encryption at rest, we also implemented SQL Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) for all databases.…

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Encrypt All The Things – PCI DSS and Cryptography

Encrypt All The Things – PCI DSS and Cryptography

In a recent post, we discussed what the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is and some common issues we see in how organizations interpret or implement specific required controls. See “Common Misconceptions around the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)” for more information. In this post, we’ll discuss issues we often see around encryption.…

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