Month: October 2018


Originally Posted On: As the lead for information security at Chicago Public Schools in 2013, Edward Marchewka wanted a way to measure how well the nation’s third largest public school district was doing at protecting its sensitive data. Marchewka couldn’t find a model he liked, so he built one. It didn’t take long for him to …


21 new tech jobs that will define the next decade of IT work

Originally Posted On: Three jobs completely new to the IT industry will be data trash engineer, virtual identity defender, and voice UX designer, according to Cognizant. With technology flooding the enterprise, many people fear the emergence of tech will  take over their jobs. However, tech like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning will actually create more …

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Bridging the IT Talent Gap: Find Scarce Experts

Originally Posted On: When hiring gets tough, IT leaders get strategic. Here’s how successful organizations seize the experts their competitors’ only wish they could land. The technology industry’s unemployment rate is well below the national average, forcing companies to compete aggressively for top talent. When presented with a range of recruitment strategies by a recent Robert …

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CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ (ITF+) is an introduction to basic IT knowledge and skills

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Why is it different?

CompTIA ITF+ helps professionals to decide if a career in IT is right for them or to develop a broader understanding of IT.

  • CompTIA ITF+ is the only pre-career certification that helps students or career changers determine if they have a competency for information technology and if it is the right career path for them.
  • ITF+ is the only single certification that covers all areas of IT foundations, creating a broader understanding of IT making it ideal for non-technical professionals.
  • CompTIA ITF+ establishes an IT education framework for students in middle school and high school.

Cybersecurity Excuses You Hear All the Time — and the Best Ways to Respond

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People make a lot of excuses for avoiding cybersecurity assessments and getting third party help to build effective security teams. “My IT guy does that for me” and “It’s too expensive” are automatic, followed by “We’re just a small business, our data doesn’t matter.” 

As cybersecurity has become more complex, traditional methods do not account for the wide range of issues related to securing corporate data and handling privacy concerns, according to new research report from CompTIA.

In the association’s report titled 2018 Trends in Cybersecurity: Building Effective Cybersecurity Teams, barely a quarter of those surveyed are satisfied with their current security posture and only 26 percent have a dedicated security team. On one hand, companies complain that good cybersecurity is too time consuming and not in the budget. At the same time, decision makers are scared to death of developing and executing a good cybersecurity plan and make lots of excuses to avoid it. 

IT Salary Survey 2018: How Much Do IT Pros Earn?

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Compare your salary to the median pay for 12 popular IT job titles, from the help desk to the C-suite.

Good news for IT professionals: Salaries are on the rise.

In the 2018 Interop ITX/Information Week Salary Survey, unveiled this week, median total compensation climbed 5% from $100,000 per year in 2017 to $105,000 in 2018.

The survey polled 1,900 technology professionals employed in the United States. Half of the respondents worked in management roles, and half held staff positions. Forty-five percent were from enterprises with more than 1,000 employees, and they represented a wide range of industries.

Both managers and IT staffers saw their pay rise by $5,000. For staff, median total compensation rose from $85,000 in last year to $90,000 this year. That’s a significant increase, but the end result still trails the all-time high of $92,000 set in 2014.

10 Top Strategic Predictions for 2019

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Blockchain, AI, facial recognition? Here are Gartner’s top strategic predictions for 2019 and beyond, delivered during the Gartner Symposium/ITExpo.

Deciding which projects to invest in right away and what projects should wait a little longer is one of the big tasks corporate boards and CIOs are focused on right now during IT budget season. To help decision makers with the big task at hand, Gartner Distinguished VP and Analyst Daryl Plummer announced to a packed house Gartner’s Top Strategic Predictions for 2019 and Beyond during Gartner Symposium/ITExpo yestereday in Orlando.

“When we look at predicting the future, we typically have an 80 to 85% accuracy rate across all our predictions, and one of the things that I always say is that that’s not good,” Plummer said. “I’d be happier if our accuracy rate was 60% because I say if you aren’t wrong you’re not trying hard enough. I just found out one of our reports dropped to a 30% accuracy rate. I wasn’t as happy about that as I thought I might be.”

Cyber Hero Kenneth Slaght: Making San Diego a Cyber Leader

Cyber Hero Kenneth Slaght San Diego is uniquely positioned to be a leader in cybersecurity — not only in California but in the United States and even the world. The city’s proximity to the U.S. military and some of the world’s biggest technology companies has created more than 7,500 cybersecurity jobs.

RADM (Ret.) Kenneth Slaght is at the forefront of growing them and establishing San Diego’s standing in the process. Slaght is Chair and President of the San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence (CCOE), an organization established in 2014 to address the region’s cybersecurity industry needs.

“Companies in the region like Qualcomm and FICO said workforce was the biggest issue they faced,” Slaght said. “There are more than 100 companies doing cyber work in this region and they can’t find the people to fill their open positions.”

Thanks to the efforts of Slaght and his team, and the partnerships they’ve made with education and industry, the CCOE is well on its way to tackling that problem and building a robust cybersecurity workforce. The organization maintains a job board of hundreds of open positions and created a career map that shows education and certification pathways to join this in-demand industry.

“On any given day, there are 80-100 job openings here in the region,” Slaght said. “The region’s colleges are just meeting or barely meeting that demand without accounting for the fact that we lose many of our graduates to places like Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.”

While the region’s universities and colleges graduate over 3,000 computer science and engineering students each year, the demand for qualified cyber workers continues to increase across all sectors.

IT Technician Pathway Leads to High-Paying Jobs in California

Contact: Steve Wright
Information Communication Technologies-Digital Media Sector Navigator
California Community Colleges
[email protected]

ROCKLIN, Calif. — There’s never been a better time to enter the IT workforce, as thousands of high paying jobs remain unfilled across California. A new initiative at California’s Community College is making it easier than ever for people with little or no technical experience to find a pathway toward one of those jobs in just a few months.

The IT Technician Pathway, offered at 22 California community colleges, is a series of four sets of courses designed to take students from computer sales to help desk support to more specialized fields like networking and cybersecurity. Each group of courses in the pathway corresponds to industry certifications that are essential for employment in any IT job.

California CS Standards Designed to Increase Access to CS Instruction for All Students

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By the end of grade 2, a student should be able to explain the functions of common hardware and software components in a computer. By the end of grade 5, he or she should be able to determine potential solutions to solve simple hardware and software problems using common troubleshooting strategies. By the end of grade 8, the student should be able to explain potential security threats and security measures to mitigate threats. And by the end of high school, he or she should be prepared to create data visualizations that can help others better understand real-world phenomena. Those requirements are among the computer science standards recently approved by the California State Board of Education. The process for developing those standards began in 2014 when Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill directing the state’s Instructional Quality Commission to undertake development.

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