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Nick Cavalancia is a technical evangelist and founder of IT consulting firm Techvangelism. Nick has over 20 years of enterprise IT experience, 10 years as a tech marketing executive and is an accomplished technology writer, consultant, trainer, speaker, and columnist. He has authored, co-authored and contributed to over a dozen books on Windows, Active Directory, Exchange and other Microsoft technologies and has spoken at many technical conferences on a wide variety of topics. Previously, Nick has held executive marketing positions at ScriptLogic (acquired by Quest, now DELL Software), SpectorSoft and Netwrix where he was responsible for the global messaging, branding, lead generation and demand generation strategies to market technology solutions to an IT-centric customer base.
IT Operations
October 29, 2019

Exchange Server Down: You Only Have Minutes

You just got the call: your Exchange server is not sending or receiving email. Your one and only Exchange server. OK, this is bad. You drop everything and begin to check the Exchange server for...
Security & Compliance
October 29, 2019

Peeling the Onion: How to Survive an IT Audit

We continue the series of articles by Nick Cavalancia on our blog. The previous post was dedicated to Event Logging, today we are going to talk about general approach to IT Audit. An IT Audit is,...
IT Operations
October 28, 2019

Can You Make Sense of Your Security Logs?

The average IT Pro doesn't need to be told stories about big data - you've been inundated with log data from dozens of sources for at least a decade before the term "big data" even came to exist. The...
IT Operations
July 6, 2020

What's Getting Lost in Your Log Data?

When stories come up in the news about data breaches, if you're like me, you tend to gloss over them if they seem similar to something you've already read.  I almost did that today.  But something...
Security & Compliance
October 17, 2019

Can the NSA Spot the "Adversary"?

The NSA released a PDF entitled "Spotting the Adversary with Windows Event Log Monitoring" earlier this year. While there's a bit of irony in this, given the whole Snowden story that followed the...
IT Operations
April 7, 2017

Best Practices for Change Management in the Data Center

When it comes to change management, Scott Matteson gets it.  Too many companies today make changes without any kind of change management in place. Scott's approach even includes the mandated use of...
IT Operations
April 5, 2019

Death by Event Log Overload

When it comes to security, event logs are supposed to be the best friends of an IT guy managing the environment, right? Roger Grimes from InfoWorld claims that the evidence of malicious activity can...
IT Operations
October 17, 2019

Audit Domain Group Changes Using Event Log Subscription

Many IT folks like the "Do-it-Yourself" approach to solving many tasks. This article written by Chris Colorado provides some very detailed instructions on how to setup Active Directory Auditing of...
IT Operations
April 5, 2019

It's Never Too Late to be Compliant

September 23, 2013 was a deadline for all medical industry contractors and vendors to comply with HIPAA omnibus rule. This applies to all companies that touched sensitive patient information such as...
Security & Compliance
February 27, 2020

Next Generation of SIEMs? Ease Of Use, Analyze More Data

In one of the most recent articles posted on darkreading.com, Robert Lemans speaks about the new features of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems and some common problems the...
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