Empowering Operations to Tackle Ransomware with Rubrik Polaris Radar

Empowering Operations to Tackle Ransomware with Rubrik Polaris Radar

Over the past few months, I’ve been working on a website data migration to a new hosting provider. It’s been tough to avoid posting any content but I wanted to shop out a few new homes for my 600+ posts and also do some content scrubbing without the added distraction of trying to merge new data. Hopefully the site will load snappy and peppy for you!

In this post, I wanted to pontificate a bit on ransomware. Before coming to work for Rubrik in 2015, I don’t think the topic of ransomware was top of mind for most of our technical community. I had heard of various phishing attempts while consulting and dealt with them while working as a virtualization engineer at a big corporate gig. That was about it.

Over time, ransomware designers got more strategic in their efforts by going after the soft underbelly of the data center – backups. Because backups touch everything and many administrators have a mutable (read-write) repository for backup data and/or the catalog database, a ripe target presented itself.

Attack Strategies Have Evolved

Two common strategies have emerged:

Encrypt all of the critical files and applications and cripple the Operations team by deleting backups and related backup software. Demand cryptocurrency payment.Encrypt all of the critical files and applications knowing that there’s no realistic way for the Operations team to recover from backups due to slow restore times. Demand cryptocurrency payment.

Both of these strategies are dirty, but they work enough of the time to become a viable business model. I’ve literally talked to engineers who were in dismay that their multi-million dollar backup system required days to recover critical applications. That’s a huge bummer, and it’s part of the problem with traditional backup: it focused almost entirely on the ingest speeds and feeds instead of restoring applications and data in a manner that is consumable to the users and offers performance.

The root issue in both strategies is downtime – the killer of any organization. This why a $50,000 USD attack on the folks working for the City of Atlanta “ended up paying about $3.1 million after a ransomware attack, because they had all the incident response, plus insurance claims, privacy monitoring, and contractual hits for missed services.” Of note, the article shares that “defense is not an easy thing.”

Agreed. It’s not easy. And I’ve been writing about this particular issue for a while now.

Providing Instant Recovery from Ransomware

I’m of the opinion that Rubrik’s Cloud Data Management (RCDM) software has done a stellar job at making sure both strategies have a minimal impact for a number of reasons:

Backup data is immutable (cannot be changed).The RCDM application is hardened against access.We are fastidious about encryption and certificates.Instant Recovery makes short work of restores.

As Bipul states below, I think we enable folks to deal with the mitigation aspect of recovery with a grace and simplicity that is not typically found in the data center. The next steps on our journey are to empower administrators to also enjoy that same user experience across the detection vector: to know when a breach has occurred and to understand the scope of the damage.

The three steps of enterprise data security: Prevention (P) -> Detection (D) -> Mitigation (M). Rubrik’s focus on immutable backup and instant recovery delivers M. Now with Radar, Rubrik has taken a significant step in D’s direction. #ArtificialIntelligence #MachineLearning

— Bipul Sinha (@bipulsinha) July 26, 2018

Meet Machine Learning-Powered Radar

Snazzy headline alert! The amount of mutations seen across ransomware variants is impressive. Rather than digging through the haystack to find a needle, we decided to bring a magnet in the form of Radar, our 2nd data management application hosted on the Rubrik Polaris SaaS platform.

By leveraging machine learning (ML) and feeding it a countless quantity of data points that are generated from backup metadata, we can construct a logical map of your environment to begin trending what “normal” looks like. When the data points begin to showcase an anomalous behavior, Radar can dig deeper to understand the impact while alerting an administrator.

This is all done as a turnkey SaaS application – there’s no need to set up infrastructure and build out the algorithms on your own. Just point your Rubrik clusters towards Polaris and the backup metadata will be securely transmitted and regularly analyzed.

The administrator – plus anyone from the security team – can review the threat analysis and start making decisions. These are the critical moments in which speed matters. Being able to see the impact analysis, most recent unaffected versions of data, and destinations available for recovery is clutch.

When I first saw Radar months ago, I was extremely excited because it gives Operations teams a fighting chance to be proactive in the detection and removal of the evils of ransomware!

Once the threat has been assessed and security measures against further spread are in place, Radar can begin restoring the environment by leveraging Rubrik’s Instant Recovery feature. This can be done anywhere – on-premises using a physical Rubrik Cluster, in the public cloud with Rubrik Cloud Cluster, or even at the edge with Rubrik Edge and Rubrik Air. The code is the same.


As someone who spent a solid decade as a systems administrator and technical engineer, I know how frustrating and powerless it feels to be attacked by an outside force. My job was to safeguard the applications and data held within my company, and any threat to that was something I took to heart. Being able to turn backup data – which often just sits in a tape silo somewhere – and use it to detect, analize, and recover from ransomware is a huge win in my book!

If you’d like to read more on Polaris Radar, check out this blog post by Arushi Jain, this Technical Overview by Leah Schoeb, or even this take from my NZ friend Ben Kepes entitled Rubrik’s Radar Reveals serious startup scope.

The post Empowering Operations to Tackle Ransomware with Rubrik Polaris Radar appeared first on Wahl Network.

Read more: feedproxy.google.com

source https://bestentertainment.online/empowering-operations-to-tackle-ransomware-with-rubrik-polaris-radar/

avocado salad

avocado salad

this avocado salad is my favorite salad and i make it pretty often – sometimes as a side and on occasions as a main meal with a nicely toasted sourdough loaf or bread.

the recipe is also vegan and gluten-free. this is a simple yet flavorful salad for the summers.

avocado salad

though there are many ways an avocado salad is made, i am sharing a recipe a vegan and gluten-free version of this salad. this is one avocado salad recipe that i make many times.

flavor profile: the subtle sweetness, smoothness and creaminess of the avocado give a sharp contrast to the crispness of the onions, the tanginess of the tomatoes and the lemon. the herbs and spices give a warming earthy flavor.
lemon dressing: a small quantity of lemon vinaigrette dressing is made just enough for the salad. adding this lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic & olive oil dressing makes the salad very flavorful. some spices are added in the dressing which gives slightly spiced and warm tones in the salad.
smoked paprika: i must mention here that the addition of smoked paprika in the dressing brings some some smokiness and heat in the salad. if you do not have smoked paprika, then you can easily substitute with cayenne or red chilli powder.
quick & easy: it is a breeze to make this salad with ripe avocados which gets done in 15 to 20 minutes.
ripe avocado: for most avocado recipes, always use ripe avocado to get the best taste and texture. if the avocados are not ripe, then cover with a paper towel or brown papers and place them on the kitchen counter for some days till they ripen.

avoacado is a loved fruit and i have shared quite a number of recipes with it.

how to make avocado salad

making the salad dressing

1. in a small bowl take 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and 1 dash lemon zest or zest from 1 small lemon.

2. add 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice.

3. add ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika, ¼ teaspoon black pepper and 1 small to medium garlic, minced or finely chopped. in place of smoked paprika you can use ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper or sweet paprika or red chilli powder.

4. mix very well and keep the dressing aside.

preparing avocado & veggies

5. finely chop 1 small onion, chop 1 medium tomato and some parsely leaves. you will need ¼ cup finely chopped onions, ⅓ to ½ cup chopped tomatoes, 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley or coriander leaves.

6. place the chopped onions, tomatoes and parsley in a mixing bowl.

7. now halve 2 medium-sized avocados.

8. remove the seeds and scoop out the pulp with a spoon from the avocado halves.

9. chop the avocado flesh. if you do not want to chop the avocado, then just the avocado pulp in the bowl. mash and mix everything together.

making avocado salad

10. place the chopped avocados in the mixing bowl.

11. stir and then pour the dressing.

12. season with a dash of black salt (optional). then add regular white salt or kosher salt or himalayan pink salt or rock salt. adding black salt gives a slight eggy flavor in the salad. i have used a mix of black salt and rock salt.

toss and mix well.

serve the avocado salad as a side or main. while serving garnish with some finely chopped parsley or cilantro (coriander leaves).

tips & variations

you can add 1 small to medium-sized cucumber in the salad.
your choice of soft herbs can be added.
some ground cumin can also be sprinkled on the salad.
instead of parsley, you can use cilanto (coriander leaves).
for a tangy taste, add 2 to 3 teaspoons of lemon juice.
the salad serves 3 if served as a side and 1 to 2 servings when served as a main.
skip black salt if you do not have it.

some more awesome salad recipes

vegetable salad
russian salad
corn salad
fruit salad
sprouts salad

avocado salad

avocado salad recipe with onions, lemons and a tangy lemon dressing. vegan and gluten-free recipe.

for lemon dressing

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 dash lemon zest ( or zest from 1 small lemon)
1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 small to medium garlic (- minced or finely chopped)

other ingredients

¼ cup finely chopped onions (or 1 small onion)
⅓ to ½ cup chopped tomatoes ( or 1 medium-sized tomato)
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley ( or cilantro (coriander leaves))
2 medium-sized avocados
1 dash black salt ( – optional)
white salt or kosher salt or himalayan pink salt (- as per taste)

making the salad dressing

in a small bowl take the extra virgin olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice.

add the smoked paprika, black pepper and minced or finely chopped garlic.

in place of smoked paprika you can use ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper or sweet paprika or red chilli powder.

mix very well and keep the dressing aside.

making avocado salad

take chopped onions, tomatoes and parsley in a mixing bowl.

add chopped avocado.

stir the dressing again and then pour it on the avocado.

season with a dash of black salt. also, add white salt or kosher salt or himalayan pink salt or rock salt.

toss and mix well.

serve avocado salad as a side or a main.

you can add 1 small to medium sized cucumber in the salad.
your choice of soft herbs can be added.
some ground cumin can also be sprinkled on the salad.
instead of parsley you can use cilantro (coriander leaves).
for a tangy taste, add 2 to 3 teaspoons of lemon juice.
the salad serves 3 if served as a side and 1 to 2 servings when served as a main. 
skip black salt if you do not have it and just add regular white salt or table salt. 

The post avocado salad by Dassana Amit appeared first on Dassana Amit Recipes

Read more: vegrecipesofindia.com

source https://bestentertainment.online/avocado-salad/

In Appreciation Of The Teddy Coat

In Appreciation Of The Teddy Coat

That being said — you’ve got to know how to style them. With teddy coats, it’s really easy for the overall look to get super frumpy, super quickly. Adding one to a more classic wardrobe is entirely possible, if you balance things out. The coat I’m wearing today is the Double Breasted Faux Fur Teddy Coat by Halogen via Nordstrom. It’s really well priced and the major collar moment with button closure gives it the structure and style I need to offset the fluffy texture. 

A good way to approach the teddy coat is to make sure your outfit offers enough put-togetherness to stand up to all that fluff. Underneath, I’ve opted for a polished matching set that I could easily live in all winter—a 100% cashmere turtleneck sweater and midi length skirt that are cozy but not bulky. The fact that they match does most of the work for you, giving an overall appearance of polish that balances out the more casual nature of the coat. Also, friends, I’m warm. So deliciously warm.


Double Breasted Faux Fur Teddy Coat


Cashmere Midi Skirt 

I’ve topped things off with a  felted wool blend beret with faux fur pom because why on earth wouldn’t you. And, I’ve opted for a major lace-up boot moment that gives a good contrast to the overall softness of the look. Also the higher off the ground I am from snow slush, the better. 

I got this entire look from Nordstrom, which means you’re one cart away from a whole lot o’ coziness. But, before I get too snuggly in here and basically just take a nap, I want to mention the benefits of viewing Nordstrom as an all encompassing wonder-retailer. Yes, we all know you can shop for virtually everything under the sun at Nordstrom, but there are also perks you might not be aware of, such as free shipping and returns, curbside pickup (yep, you never even have to get out of your car), and The Nordy Club. The Nordy Club is a rewards membership that allows you to earn points on every dollar you spend with Nordstrom, that you can then redeem for…wait for it…cash to spend at Nordstrom! Yes, that’s right, you earn cash for doing the thing you do anyway. Sometimes life is amazing.

Below, a few more of my favorite ways to swaddle ourselves in fluff for the remainder of winter.  Shop all of my favorite Teddy coats below!


Turtleneck Cashmere Sweater


Felted Wool Blend Beret

More Fabulous Teddy Outwear

Read more: memorandum.com

source https://bestentertainment.online/in-appreciation-of-the-teddy-coat/

Dave meets Marcus Rashford: ‘I rate you so highly, because you take football seriously’

The Mercury prize-winning rapper and the Manchester United striker discuss hype music, family and fame

In a hard-to-find studio in north London, there is a small encounter between two big names. Dave arrives first. The south London rapper, 21, moved into the mainstream this year, winning the Mercury prize with his first album, Psychodrama, and making an explosive acting debut in Netflix’s Top Boy, as the thoroughly terrifying Modie. His sellout tour and Glastonbury show made news, too: remember the viral footage of the bucket-hatted kid who joined him on stage to rap on Thiago Silva (11m views)? Dave is cool and quiet, shaking everyone’s hand before taking himself off with his phone until Marcus Rashford appears.

Rashford is a little late. Understandable, perhaps: it was Manchester United’s Christmas party last night, and he’s recently played vital, hard-fought games against Tottenham and City. But, despite being only 22, United and England’s young forward isn’t known for partying, and when he arrives he’s fresh and relaxed. Slighter than you might expect, and taller, he’s not flash, though his jeans have diamante sprinkled across the rips. He and Dave are months apart in age, but Rashford has a younger, less wary air. When he smiles, he looks like a kid.

Continue reading…

Read more: theguardian.com

source https://bestentertainment.online/dave-meets-marcus-rashford-i-rate-you-so-highly-because-you-take-football-seriously/

Skrillex Getting Roasted By Twitter for Stepping On The CDJs and Mixer

Skrillex Getting Roasted By Twitter for Stepping On The CDJs and Mixer

Skrillex played a show in Shanghai 24 hours ago, and EDM Twitter is dragging him for… standing on the CDJs and mixer? Apparently. The video on Skrillex’s own Instagram story shows him hopping up on the decks — literally.

EDM Twitter seems to be divided over the issue. Half says Skrillex has been doing this for so long so let him do whatever he wants / he’s earned it. The other half says this is obviously irresponsible behavior and inconsiderate of the club and its property.

what.. @Skrillex pic.twitter.com/5ory3l7HQ0

— Control Freak (@controlfreakus) December 19, 2019

Pioneer DJ responded to the video, “Don’t try this at home (or in the club, really).”

Don’t try this at home (or in the club, really)

— Pioneer DJ (@PioneerDJglobal) December 19, 2019

Take a look at some more of the takes on Twitter below.

in 2020, we are all standing ON the CDJs and DJM. #realdjing

— ol’ flirty bastard (@unclenappy) December 19, 2019

edm Twitter: *sees picture of someone standing on CDJs with shoes*edm Twitter: WHO THE FU-edm Twitter: *sees its skrillex*edm Twitter: LEGEND. THOSE CDJS HAVE BEEN BLESSED. FUCK A JOG WHEEL.

— aunty mary (@weirdproblems_) December 19, 2019

Sleep paralysis but it's this picture of Skrillex standing on the CDJs… pic.twitter.com/akBMGtmfTk

— Plurizard ∞ (@Plurizard) December 19, 2019

Literally every club djs: Fuck im broke and can't afford any gud dj gears ;(Pioneer Need to stop overpricing their shits…

Skrillex: pic.twitter.com/FrIRK3DNxz

— Riddim head (@receptionsmusic) December 19, 2019

award ceremony: we got 13 days left in the year to decide who wins the No Fucks Given Award for 2019

skrillex standing on the CDJs: say no more fam

— SPACE YACHT (@spaceyacht) December 19, 2019

Girl: So like how rich are you??

Skrillex: pic.twitter.com/vf41lwLTaA

— ₦Î₵₭ (87.4%) 'THE FUZZ' (@nickman195) December 19, 2019

cringe level 9000 pic.twitter.com/eOBv8SIkvt

— 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖉𝖚𝖇 𝖗𝖊𝖇𝖊𝖑𝖑𝖎𝖔𝖓 (@thedubrebellion) December 19, 2019


Photo via Rukes.com

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Skrillex Getting Roasted By Twitter for Stepping On The CDJs and Mixer

Read more: youredm.com

source https://bestentertainment.online/skrillex-getting-roasted-by-twitter-for-stepping-on-the-cdjs-and-mixer/

11 of the best pillows for a good night’s sleep

11 of the best pillows for a good night’s sleep


Coop Home Goods Original Pillow (2 Pack) — save $10

UTTU Sandwich Pillow — save $30

Beckham Hotel Collection gel pillow (2-pack) — save $46

Achieving a good night’s sleep isn’t always easy. Busy schedules, frequent stress, and bad rest environments can be culprits for sleep troubles. And it’s more common than you think. 

According to the American Sleep Association, 50 to 70 million U.S. adults have a sleep disorder. If your sleepless nights are taking a toll on your health, it might be time for you to buy a new pillow. 

SEE ALSO: The great pillow debate is splitting the internet in two Read more…

More about Sleep, Pillows, Mashable Shopping, Culture, and Work Life

IMAGE: Coop Home Goods


Coop Home Goods Eden Shredded Memory Foam Pillow

Breathability, comfort, and design make the Coop Home Goods’ Eden Shredded Memory Foam Pillow a top pick if you need to improve your quality of sleep.

Dimensions: Standard (17.9 x 6.8 x 6.1 inches), Queen (18 x 6 x 6 inches), and King (17.9 x 6.5 x 6.3 inches)

Materials: Bamboo-derived viscose rayon and polyester

Sleep factor: Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers

$69.99 from Coop Home Goods

IMAGE: Amazon


Brookstone BioSense 2-in-1 Shoulder Pillow

Dimensions: 28 x 20 x 6 inches

Materials: Better Than Down microfill and BioSense memory foam core

Sleep factor: Good for side sleepers

$119.95 from Amazon

IMAGE: Amazon


Nature's Guest Cervical Support Pillow

Dimensions: 18.5 x 9.5 x 7.2 inches

Materials: Cotton fabric cover, microfiber filling, and silk gusset trim

Sleep factor: Good for back sleepers

$79.99 from Amazon

IMAGE: Amazon


TruContour Super Thin Memory Foam Pillow

Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 2.5 inches

Materials: Medical-grade memory foam and certified organic cotton

Sleep factor: Good for stomach sleepers

$39.99 from Amazon

IMAGE: Amazon


Triple Cloud Shredded Memory Foam Pillow

The Triple Cloud Shredded Memory Foam Pillow offers comfort perks and adjustable firmness at a fraction of the price.

Dimensions: Standard/Queen (15.9 x 5.6 x 5.2 inches), Queen (17 x 6 x 6 inches), and King ( 17.3 x 7.7 x 6.4 inches)

Material: Bamboo-shredded memory foam

Sleep factor: Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers

$39.95 from Amazon

IMAGE: Avocado Green


Avocado Green Pillow

Dimensions: Standard (19 x 24 inches), Queen (19 x 28 inches), and King (19 x 35 inches)

Materials: Certified organic cotton, kapok fiber, and natural latex

Sleep factor: Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers

$79 from Avocado Green

IMAGE: Amazon


UTTU Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow

Keep head, neck, and shoulder pain at bay with UTTU’s Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow.

Dimensions: 7.9 x 7.9 x 14.2 inches

Materials: Bamboo fiber, polyester, and memory foam

Sleep factor: Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers

$69.99 from Amazon

IMAGE: Amazon


Pacific Coast AllerRest Double DownAround Pillow

Reduce congestion, coughing, sneezing, and other pesky allergy symptoms while you sleep.

Dimensions: Standard (20 x 26 inches), Queen (20 x 30 inches), and King (20 x 36 inches)

Materials: AllerRest fabric, Barrier Weave down and feather proof fabric, cotton

Sleep factor: Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers

$62.99 from Amazon

IMAGE: Leesa


Leesa Hybrid Pillow

Switch back and forth between a soft pillow top and a cooling, memory foam underside for multiple ways to catch some sleep.

Dimensions : Standard (16 x 24 inches), Queen (16 x 28 inches)

Materials : Polyester microfiber, ventilated gel, Leesa's Tencel fabric, and nylon.

Sleep factor: Best for back and side sleepers

$109 from Leesa

IMAGE: Amazon


Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillow

You'll be getting two pillows with somewhere-in-the-middle support for the price of one.

Dimensions : Queen (20 x 28 inches)

Materials: Cotton cover and poly-gel fiber filling

Sleep factor : Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers

$79.99 from Amazon

IMAGE: Tuft & Needle


Tuft & Needle Pillow

If you're looking for a durable pillow and tend to sleep on your back or side, the Tuft & Needle Pillow will have you catching z's in no time.

Dimensions : 25 x 16 x 5 inches

Materials : Micro polyamide, polyester, and Tuft & Needle's proprietary Adaptive Foam

Sleep factor: Best for back and side sleepers

$75 from Tuft & Needle

Read more: mashable.com

source https://bestentertainment.online/11-of-the-best-pillows-for-a-good-nights-sleep/

For most, an aspirin a day won’t keep the doctor away

For most, an aspirin a day won’t keep the doctor away

A daily low-dose (81 mg) aspirin was once considered an essential component of cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention for middle-aged and older adults. In 2006, the National Commission on Prevention Priorities ranked “discussing aspirin use in high-risk adults” the highest priority preventive service based on clinically preventable burden and cost effectiveness, and two years ago, in an updated set of rankings, it still rated aspirin use as the fifth highest priority for improving utilization. However, in 2018 the results of three large randomized trials suggested that the harms of aspirin taken to prevent a first CVD event outweigh its benefits for most persons. In an editorial in the June 1 issue of American Family Physician, Dr. Jennifer Middleton and I reviewed the latest evidence and concluded:The new data do not exclude the possibility that aspirin may still benefit adults at very high CVD risk (e.g., 20% or more over 10 years) or those at lower risk who are unable to tolerate statins, but the data otherwise suggest that the risks of low-dose aspirin therapy for primary prevention outweigh any potential benefits. For most patients, we should be deprescribing aspirin for primary prevention of CVD. To prevent heart attacks and strokes, family physicians should focus instead on smoking cessation and lifestyle changes, controlling high blood pressure, and prescribing statins when indicated.In a 2019 clinical practice guideline, the American College of Cardiology / American Heart Association largely concurred, recommending against prescribing aspirin for primary prevention of CVD in adults older than age 70 and downgrading its role in other adults at high risk to “may be considered” on a case-by-case basis.Although aspirin is still strongly recommended to prevent recurrent CVD events, its rise and fall in primary prevention seems to have become another case of medicine reversing itself. Unlike other notable examples of medical reversal such as menopausal hormone therapy and tight glucose control in type 2 diabetes, the effectiveness of aspirin was supported by many well-conducted randomized, controlled trials. Aspirin worked … until it didn’t. In a recent commentary in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Palmer Greene and colleagues suggested that it may be a good idea to consider established evidence-based practices as having an “expiration date”:An “evidentiary statute of limitations” would require the occasional reassessment of accepted therapies to consider which might no longer be of use—possibly because of changes in the population as a whole, a changing understanding of whom the treatment is appropriate for, or evolving therapies for the prevention or treatment of the disease in question. Not only should we consider if older data still applies, we should also strive to anticipate the factors to which the results of a newly published positive study might be sensitive. For instance, is there an event rate in the control group below which the harms of the therapy might outweigh the benefit? Is there a treatment success rate that, when achieved, would make screening inefficient?Not starting aspirin is relatively straightforward, but patients who have taken aspirin for many years without adverse effects or CVD events may resist discontinuing it. After making sure that we are appropriately treating all of their risk factors (e.g., high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, tobacco use), I have taken a shared decision-making approach to these deprescribing discussions, emphasizing the small additional benefit of aspirin compared to the increased risk of serious bleeding events.**This post first appeared on the AFP Community Blog.

Read more: feedproxy.google.com

source https://bestentertainment.online/for-most-an-aspirin-a-day-wont-keep-the-doctor-away/