The sun has been shining lately, and while you’re soaking it in, you can also read the latest posts from our authors. Check them out below.

Why Attackers Try to Take Over User Accounts

Account takeovers (ATOs), also known as “account hijacking,” are a type of fraud that’s on the rise these days! This type of attack is attractive to hackers due to the financial return and the ease of such an attack: user account takeover is relatively low cost and has a high success rate. Find out more from Daniel de Oliveira on Sqreen’s blog.

How to Establish an Open Source Program Office

It feels like some people don’t have a strong understanding of open source. Some misunderstandings have come from working with open source in an environment filled with proprietary software. When the words “open” and “source” were brought together, there was a visceral reaction. Mark Henke can fill you in on Sonatype’s blog.

Holding the Industry Accountable

“Today we’re going to have a conversation about holding our feet to the fire,” said Chris Roberts (@Sidragon1). “We’re going to break down what’s going on in the industry and why we should care about it. Then we’ll talk about what we should change, as well as why we should change it.” Sylvia Fronczak can tell you more on Sonatype’s blog. 

Disaster Recovery Plan: A Complete Guide for the Savvy Leader

What happens to your business when disaster strikes? Do you have a disaster recovery plan? Will you be able to keep the lights on, or will you leave your customers, and maybe even your employees, in the lurch? A disaster recovery (DR) plan is what separates organizations that are successful in the face of crisis from the others. Eric Goebelbecker can help you out on Plutora’s blog. 

Best Practices for Database Performance Monitoring

Like application monitoring, database performance monitoring is a critical discipline. If there isn’t a code issue, there’s a good chance you have a database issue. Key metrics such as CPU and memory usage can give you important insights into your database’s performance. In addition, by monitoring slow queries, and an inordinate number of database requests, you can combine this knowledge to optimize both. Michiel Mulders can fill you in on Logical Read’s blog.

What is and Why Have a Test Environment Booking Form?

Ever since the dawn of time, test environments have been left for the end, which is a headache for the testing team. They might be ready to start testing but can’t because there’s no test environment. And often, the department in charge of it is too busy to give them one. Find out more from Diego Gavilanes on Enov8’s blog.

The Elastic Stack has value to the software development community but is known for being hard to maintain. Many developers look past that, saying that the total cost of ownership for it is still lower than a paid package. However, beyond these costs, it has fundamental flaws that keep it from meeting its service-level objective to our development teams. Learn more from Mark Henke on Scalyr’s blog.

We also updated a post on observability. In the DevOps and SRE world, observability has become an important term, especially when you’re talking about running production systems. No matter how much effort you put in creating good quality software, there will always be things you miss, like users increasing exponentially, user data that’s longer than expected, or cache keys that never expire. Learn more on Scalyr’s blog.