Weekly Monitor Digest: Last Week's Top Stories (8/20 - 8/24)

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What You Need To Know Today
A Top G Suite Expert Shares His 31 Best Modern Security Tips
BetterCloud Monitor | If you ever wanted to find a treasure trove of excellent security tips — written by a top Google expert in a lively, easy-to-understand way — then look no more. Kevin A. McGrail, chief security engineer at SAIC, is a cybersecurity and privacy expert who is also ranked as the #1 contributor in the world on Google's official G Suite platform, Google Cloud Connect. In this post, he shares 31 recommendations and best practices related to password management, email security, and more. While some of these tips are specific to G Suite, many are broader ones that can help secure any system.
Hackers Stole Personal Data of 2 Million T-Mobile Customers
Motherboard | T-Mobile disclosed an “incident” in which hackers accessed "some" customers' personal information — but no financial data or passwords.
Verizon Throttled Fire Department’s “Unlimited” Data During Calif. Wildfire
Ars Technica | Verizon Wireless' throttling of a fire department that uses its data services has been submitted as evidence in a lawsuit that seeks to reinstate federal net neutrality rules. "County Fire has experienced throttling by its ISP, Verizon," Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden wrote in a declaration. "This throttling has had a significant impact on our ability to provide emergency services. Verizon imposed these limitations despite being informed that throttling was actively impeding County Fire's ability to provide crisis-response and essential emergency services."
Slack Lands Huge New $427M Investment at a $7.1 Billion Valuation as It Battles Microsoft and Google
Fortune | Slack has snagged $427 million in additional funding, at a $7.1 billion valuation, to fuel its effort to become a workplace technology giant. Dragoneer Investment Group and General Atlantic led the funding, along with others, including investment firm Baillie Gifford, Sands Capital, and previous investors.
Tips & Tricks for the Digital Workplace
How to Juggle Multiple Google Calendars
How-To Geek | If you only have one Google account, managing your calendar is pretty simple. But once you bring your work account, shared family calendars, and even specialty calendars into the mix, keeping things organized becomes more challenging. The good news is that there’s an easy way to clean up your calendar and manage multiple calendars and events.
The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Messy Chrome Bookmarks
Lifehacker | "Woe is the Chrome user who has an overflowing Bookmark Bar — or worse, that single folder they use to store anything interesting they see online," writes David Murphy. "In this guide, I’m going to go over a few techniques you can use to keep yourself from feeling overwhelmed with bookmarks — and what to do if you already are."
IT Leadership & Strategy
Is the IT Help Desk Model Broken?
Network World | It’s no secret that enterprise personnel no longer work in the same manner as they did in the past. The real mystery is why we keep trying to resolve today’s IT issues with yesterday’s processes and systems.
Long Reads
How Gmail Happened: The Inside Story, as Revealed by Creator Paul Buchheit
Tech in Asia | “We called it Project Caribou.”
SaaS Updates Summary: August 20 – August 24
BetterCloud Monitor | Slack shared some big news last week! It raised a whopping $427M in a new funding round, pushing its valuation over $7.1B. In G Suite news, Google is adding the ability to directly add users and Google Groups as members of Google+ Communities. The Docs Activity dashboard is now available to all G Suite users, and Google is adding a quick-access side panel to the Docs editors and Google Calendar. In other news, ServiceNow announced a new integration with Box.
1,464 Western Australian Government Officials Used ‘Password123’ as Their Password. Cool, Cool.
Somewhere in Western Australia, a government IT employee is probably laughing or crying or pulling their hair out (or maybe all of the above).

 
 
 
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