How does email work? What happens after you click send on an email?

Background In my previous role, while working in the Insurance domain, we provided a mobile app to all customers who bought cyber insurance. This had some cool value added services that helped small enterprises check if their employees’ knowledge of cyber security is good enough to protect the organisation from being compromised. Thus we implemented a one-click phishing campaign solution, which enabled users to click a button and initiate a phishing campaign for the organisation....

October 28, 2023 · 11 min · 2166 words · eakangk

What happens during a TLS handshake?

Background I have been wondering how to simplify the concept of handshakes - not the human handshakes; I’m talking about the computer ones, like the ones that happen between a server and a client when establishing a connection over HTTPS. So I went reading online to see if the content was digestible for everyone - including beginners. I couldn’t find a simple diagrammatic representation, so I thought maybe this is my chance to draw them and help others understand it at a glance....

October 22, 2023 · 2 min · 322 words · eakangk
Two employees at work arguing and causing headache for another

Handling conflicts in a high performing team

Conflicts are healthy Did the title of this section, set off alarm bells in your head? Maybe it depends on your experience with conflicts. In the early days of my career, I thought conflicts were unhealthy and I used to get into conflicts a lot because as an engineer, I had my opinion on solving a problem a certain way. And obviously my way was the best way because I had done my reading and compared other solutions and made my decision based on that research....

September 17, 2023 · 7 min · 1389 words
Through the lens - but no server

Why and When would you use a Serverless approach to solving your problem?

Background As a relatively senior engineering manager, I have been transforming into a less technical person over time. The reason being, I am in charge of two fantastic teams that both have excellent engineers. I generally rely on the technical leads of the respective teams to own the technical aspects of their domains and try to interfere as little as possible. I do this to empower them to take more ownership and learn to be accountable....

June 11, 2023 · 7 min · 1440 words · eakangk
Paper boats

Why I became an Ethnic Diversity Community Lead

Background I grew up as a third culture kid, born in India and raised in the United Arab Emirates. At a very early age, I had encounters with some racist kids often while in a school bus in the lane next to mine. This altered my perception of myself, created an inferiority complex when compared to the instigators of the racist incident, and I felt helpless and trapped. The problem in the UAE was not a lack of diversity....

April 21, 2023 · 3 min · 584 words · eakangk