Hmmm...I'm on the fence about Cisco's attitude toward EOL support. I wouldn't want someone telling me how to run my business. But, we've all experienced a need to extend the life of our current assets. And, Cisco isn't the only great player in the game. Their rep in the business space has taken some hits.
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Welcome to Monday! Would you believe that 72 years ago, on June 20, 1950, the first-generation electronic computer SEAC (Standards Electronic Automatic Computer) was dedicated as a laboratory for testing components and systems for setting computer standards by the US National Bureau of Standards (NBS), which is now known as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It was originally called the National Bureau of Standards Interim Computer because it was a small-scale computer designed to be built quickly and put into operation while the NBS waited for more powerful computers to be completed. What is amusing about that is if you look at a picture of the SEAC and realize this was considered small-scale at the time.
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Cisco says it won’t fix zero-day RCE in end-of-life VPN routers
As an IT department, sometimes you're in a situation where you are supporting out-of-date products. If you're using models RV-100W, 130, 130W. or 215W of Cisco's Small Business RV routers, you will want to be aware of this.
According to BleepingComputer:
"Cisco advises owners of end-of-life Small Business RV routers to upgrade to newer models after disclosing a remote code execution vulnerability that will not be patched.
The vulnerability is tracked as CVE-2022-20825 and has a CVSS severity rating of 9.8 out of 10.0.
According to a Cisco security advisory, the flaw exists due to insufficient user input validation of incoming HTTP packets on the impacted devices.
An attacker could exploit it by sending a specially crafted request to the web-based management interface, resulting in command execution with root-level privileges."
If you have these on your networks, you may want to look at replacing them as soon as possible.
CISM vs CISSP: Which Security Certification is Right for You?
Career growth conversations are always a popular topic in the Spiceworks Community, as are those about IT security. Mary Ann adds brings those two together when she discusses Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) vs Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) security certifications.
According to Toolbox:
"To reach the next level in your IT security career, you must look for the best certifications that align with your goals. Both CISSP and CISM are popular among infoSec experts, but they require substantial time and financial investment. Thus, it is critical to figure out which is best for you. Here’s all you need to know about both certifications to make an informed decision.
Which certification will advance your infoSec career? Is it CISM or CISSP? InfoSec professionals who have earned one or both of these certifications have increased responsibilities, promotions, and pay raises. CISSP-certified IT experts earn an average yearly income of $116,573, according to Simplilearn, making them the third-highest paid qualified IT professionals in the world."
The Great Resignation continues. There's an obvious fix, but many bosses aren't interested
Speaking of careers, ZDNet tackles the subject of "The Great Resignation" which started roughly in the spring of 2021 and continues today and is affecting countries across the globe.
According to ZDNet:
"The struggle to close the widening skills gaps is a perpetual source of frustration for employers.
The problem for many is that the traditional approach to filling skills gaps has become less and less effective.
Every company on the planet seems to be on a mission to build a superstar tech team, and that means developers, cloud specialists and cybersecurity professionals are being snapped up at a rate that means it's almost impossible for hiring managers to keep up.
There is another approach to filling organizational skills gaps: upskilling and retraining existing staff to take on more technical roles. There are two benefits to this approach: not only does it help employers patch shortages in their tech teams, but it also provides workers with the learning, development and progression opportunities that they often feel are missing when weighing up their career options."
But there's more going on in the
world galaxy than that.
Hubble Space Telescope starstruck by a mysterious globular cluster (photo)
Discovered in 1961 by Czech astronomer Jaroslav Ruprecht, Ruprecht 106, also known as C 1235-509, is a star in our Milky Way galaxy that can be found in the constellation Centaurus. If you're like many members of the Spiceworks Community that like a good puzzle or mystery, you may be interested in this mesmerizing image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
According to Space.com:
"A celestial workhorse and its dedicated team of astronomers are at it again by delivering a hypnotic new image of a globular cluster and its infinite depth of stars.
But while a new image from the Hubble Space Telescope is stunning, there's much more to this section of the heavens than the eye can see. The cluster, called Ruprecht 106, it's also home to a great mystery of Sherlockian proportions — and the game's afoot to unlock clues to the cluster's enigmatic makeup, according to a statement(opens in new tab) from the European Space Agency, a partner on the observatory."
'Betelgeuse on steroids' sheds light on how rare massive stars die
A University of Arizona-led team of astronomers has created a detailed, three-dimensional image of a dying red hypergiant star, the VY Canis Majoris.
According to Space.com:
"Only a few hypergiants are known to exist in the Milky Way, including Betelgeuse and NML Cygni, and VY Canis Majoris is one of the best examples of this rare star type, according to the researchers.
"Think of it as Betelgeuse on steroids," Ziurys said in a statement. "It is much larger, much more massive and undergoes violent mass eruptions every 200 years or so."
This means that studying VY Canis Majoris offers a rare opportunity for astronomers to gain a better understanding of the processes that occur when a tremendously large star reaches the end of its life cycle. In particular, the astronomers wanted to understand the mechanisms by which this star sheds mass.
The death throes of these massive stars differ from those of lower-mass stars, such as the sun, which puff up and enter a red giant phase when they exhaust hydrogen — the fuel that powers nuclear fusion — and can no longer support themselves against gravitational collapse. "
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Pembrokeshire: Wind and solar-powered phone mast in UK first
Poor mobile coverage is an issue that many regularly contend with, especially those who live in rural areas. Vodafone may have an answer and has switched on the UK’s first live wind- and solar-powered mobile phone mast in Pembrokeshire, Wales that will provide 4G coverage to the community of Eglwyswrw.
According to BBC:
"The mast near Eglwyswrw, Pembrokeshire, has its own wind turbine, solar panels and battery storage.
Vodafone said, if successful, it could mean connectivity for "not-spots" in other remote and rural locations.
Ofcom Wales called it a positive initiative that could help bring more equal access to the digital economy."
The Capcom Summer 2022 Humble Bundle
About a week ago, we saw the Capcom Summer Game Fest Showcase, which highlighted some great upcoming games but also reminded me of some of the great games they already have out. In case you're interested, I wanted to highlight this bundle that includes up to 11 Capcom games.
According to Humble Bundle:
"Fill your summer with monstrous, devilish fun with this bundle of hit games from Capcom! Sharpen your Great Sword and get ready to hunt in Monster Hunter: World. Fight legions of fiendish foes in style in Devil May Cry 5. Pick up Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, Street Fighter V, and more acclaimed favorites—all while supporting ACLU and The Trevor Project."
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