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From autonomous things and blockchain to quantum computing; how many of these technologies are you ready for? This article originally appeared on ZDNet.  Tech analyst firm Gartner has compiled a list of the top ten strategic technology trends that organisations need to explore in 2019. According to Garner, these technologies have substantial disruptive potential and are […]

Originally Posted On: aitp.org 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 […]

Originally Posted On: techrepublic.com 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 […]

Originally Posted On: informationweek.com 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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Originally Posted On: certification.comptia.org

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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 blog entry

Originally Posted on: comptia.org

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. 

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Originally Posted on: informationweek.com

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.

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Originally Posted on: informationweek.com

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

Cyber Hero Kenneth SlaghtSan 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.

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Contact: Steve Wright
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California Community Colleges
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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.

Originally Posted On: thejournal.com

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.

Originally Posted On: informationweek.com

Women play an important role in building an innovative workforce, so it’s critical to support to the next generation of women technologists and empower their careers. 

In my 20 years in the technology industry, I’ve often been the only woman in the room. That was especially true at the beginning of my career.

Nowadays, things are different. Research shows that young women today are 33% more likely to study computer science, compared with women born before 1983. I see many more of these women entering the technology workforce, including my daughter. When I look at her and other young women following this path, I see them entering a much different workplace than I did, one that has more awareness of the challenges women face in male-dominated industries.

Originally posted on: comptia.org

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Washington, D.C. (September 26, 2018)— “5 of every 6 routers are inadequately updated for known security flaws, leaving connected devices open to cyberattacks that can compromise consumer privacy and lead to financial loss,” according to a new study released today by the American Consumer Institute. The study, “Securing IoT Devices: How Safe Is Your Wi-Fi Router?— finds that the majority of Wi-Fi router manufacturers are neglecting to update their firmware for known vulnerabilities leaving consumers at risk of having their data compromised and identity stolen.

The results show that this problem is pervasive among the most popular Wi-Fi routers in peoples’ homes:

How AI Can Help Stop Cyberattacks

Originally Posted On: wsj.com

As hackers get smarter and more determined, artificial intelligence is going to be an important part of the solution

As corporations struggle to fight off hackers and contain data breaches, some are looking to artificial intelligence for a solution.

They’re using machine learning to sort through millions of malware files, searching for common characteristics that will help them identify new attacks. They’re analyzing people’s voices, fingerprints and typing styles to make sure that only authorized users get into their systems. And they’re hunting for clues to figure out who launched cyberattacks—and make sure they can’t do it again.

“The problem we’re running into these days is the amount of data we see is overwhelming,” says Mathew Newfield, chief information-security officer at Unisys Corp. UIS 1.99% “Trying to analyze that information is impossible for a human, and that’s where machine learning can come into play.”

How Hackers Talk Their Way Into Getting Company Secrets

Originally Posted On: wsj.com

With ‘social engineering’ schemes, cybercriminals trick employees into handing over valuable information.

Often it begins with an innocuous-seeming email from an internet domain that closely resembles the victim’s. The message may appear to come from the company’s chief executive or another senior executive. “Are you at your desk?” it asks. “I need your help with something.”

Only after the conversation has begun will scammers ask for what they really want—a transfer of money. But by then it is often too late. The victim believes he’s emailing his boss and makes the payment.

Security pros call this social engineering, and it is replacing malicious software as the weapon of choice for cybercriminals. Social engineering is a bit of a catchall phrase, but it is happening anytime hackers trick employees into sharing intelligence that helps the hackers find vulnerabilities in company systems and carry out attacks. In addition to increasingly personalized phishing emails, it often involves phone calls in which the criminals trick employees into handing over private information or account passwords. Some employees have been tricked into wiring millions of dollars to offshore bank accounts controlled by the thieves.