I am a person with many interests. In one conversation, I'll introduce myself as a new filmmaker. In another, I'm a seasoned theatre actor. Sometimes I give talks on Microsoft's data platform products, SQL Server and Azure SQL Database. There's another strong field of interest I have, which I don't speak much about, and that's information … Continue reading Air gaps and secure networks
I hate the term "Internet of Things". I say "Internet of Things" and "IoT" because everyone else does, but I don't like it. Not everything needs to be online. There's a Twitter account called @InternetOfShit which posts regularly on this topic. The first and most important reason why this is a bad idea is security. … Continue reading On the Internet of Things
In my previous post, I wrote about how SSLMate has made my life easier. I also mentioned how SSL-based attacks like POODLE and Heartbleed have forced us into using TLS. Which is all very well, except that Microsoft's whole premise in their product line is backward compatibility. This means that a lot of older security … Continue reading Defensive SSL security in Windows and IIS
I am a part-owner in a company based in South Africa. Our headline act, if you will, is a website that customers log into to manage certain aspects of their business. This website needs to be secure for obvious reasons. The most basic requirement for a secure website is an SSL certificate (Secure Sockets Layer), … Continue reading SSLMate and IIS – a love story
Six-One or Up is the latest post I've written on Born SQL's blog. This piece talks about the end of life of Windows XP and Server 2003 R2, and why you should upgrade.
There's been a major attack on all WordPress (and Joomla) websites worldwide. When I last read about it, over 150 000 IP addresses were involved in the botnet. My (fantastic) service provider, Site5, with whom I host all of my customers' sites as well as my own, mitigated the attack through the course of a … Continue reading Two-Factor Authentication for WordPress