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Thoughts on the Cisco ENCOR 350-401 Exam

Recently I passed the Implementing and Operating Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies (ENCOR) exam.  Wow what a mouthful! With the current generation of Cisco certs, the ENCOR exam is the first step in the CCNP certification path.  Having gone through the old...

Recent regional and cloud outages

Within the past several weeks we've witnessed an unusually high number of outages that have impacted our clients in WNC.  Some have been weather related and others due to system issues, but the end result is that businesses can't reach their necessary services! August...

Thoughts on the Fortinet NSE7 SD-WAN certification

I just passed the Fortinet NSE7 SD-WAN certification! I prepared by using the self-paced training courses on the Fortinet Training Institute (FTI).  As with all material currently on the FTI, the courses are prewritten scripts read by voiceover talent.  This is as dry...

Fortigate – DoS policy on WAN blocking VPN traffic

Applying a DoS policy on a WAN interface is a good practice that will help prevent flooding or abusive behavior from the internet.  However, there is an undesired side-effect of choosing a WAN interface as the source for a DoS policy: If there are any VPN tunnels...

Network module missing after Cisco 3850 switch upgrade

Network module missing after Cisco 3850 switch upgrade

We ran into an issue where a Cisco 3850 switch (3850-12X48U) lost the ability to use the its C3850-NM-8-10G network module after a firmware upgrade.  The module had been working for a few years prior to the upgrade.  We upgraded from 16.03.07 to 16.12.05 and upon...

Strengthen Your Human Firewall

Strengthen Your Human Firewall

Changing Landscape of Cyber Security Cyber Security has always been a moving target.  In the past, bad actors would hunt and search for their targets.  Due to the time it took to research, plan, and execute attacks, larger businesses were chosen to maximize the reward...

Congrats – Quintin Reineccius Passing Linux+ Cert

Congrats – Quintin Reineccius Passing Linux+ Cert

Advanced Data Encourages Certifications If you read our 3 part series on "Why We Love Continuing Education and Certifications" you'll understand why we get excited whenever one of our staff passes one. To us it doesn't matter which certification as long as the tech is...

How to Secure RMMs

Kaseya VSA Hack On Friday, a popular IT tool called Kaseya VSA was hacked.  The exploit was a "zero day" vulnerability, which means it was previously unknown by anyone in the cyber-security industry.  Kaseya VSA is a Remote Monitoring and Management tool (RMM) that is...

PrintNightmare

PrintNightmare

Yesterday a critical vulnerability with Windows operating systems was revealed. The exploit, called PrintNightmare, takes advantage of a weakness with the Windows Print Spooler service. In order to exploit this vulnerability, hackers would need to have access to a...

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