IT Salary Survey 2017: Highlights

Key findings from Computerworld’s survey of nearly 2,800 IT professionals, including salary trends, hot skills, job satisfaction, career outlook, biggest concerns and more.

Salaries are rising, but at a slower pace

Tech pros who responded to Computerworld’s 31st annual IT Salary Survey showed an interesting mix of optimism and anxiety. We polled 2,782 IT professionals — 55% technical staffers and 45% IT managers — asking them about their compensation, workloads, long-term career prospects and much more. Read more..

11 Cyber-Security Predictions for 2017

A new forecast predicts that automated malware attacks will have a devastating effect on the internet of things (IoT). It also predicts the rise of the Shadownet (IoT botnets that can’t be seen or measured using conventional tools), cloud poisoning, more growth of Ransomware as a Service, and attacks on smart buildings. The report, “Fortinet 2017 Cyber-Security Predictions: Accountability Takes the Stage,” based its predictions on cyber-security trends this year. The digital footprint of businesses and individuals has expanded, thus increasing the potential attack surfaces; everything is a target and anything can be a weapon; threats are becoming intelligent, can operate autonomously and are increasingly difficult to detect; and old threats are returning but are enhanced with new technologies. According to the report, “This demand for connectivity, and the need to address its associated risks, will create serious challenges for emerging countries, traditionally disconnected markets, and smaller companies adopting digital business strategies for the first time.” Some key predictions are highlighted here. Read more..

7 Behaviors of Successful People

Why just admire successful people when you could be successful yourself? Success isn’t all about luck. It’s about focus, determination, optimism and hard work. Changing your mindset and behaviors can be tricky at first, but the payoff — quite literally — is worth the extra effort. Below are seven specific behaviors that successful people practice in their daily lives. Continue reading…

Big data, marketing and decision-making – what is it all about?

Last week I got asked if I know about big data and how you use it in digital marketing. Yes, of course, I do. I’ve been using big data for years when analysing numbers from websites and social media.

I’ve also been fortunate to speak at many conferences where some of the speakers are fully trained ‘big data ninjas’, and I’m lucky to know some of them personally.

Big data is complex information, and it feels as overwhelming as a huge waterfall. It’s only if you present big data in a meaningful way it helps you to make better decisions. Continue reading

18 Tips to Create Your Perfect LinkedIn Profile

These days, it takes more than a resume to stand out in a competitive job market. A profile that grabs attention on professional network site LinkedIn could make a difference.

One way to attract interest is by earning endorsements for the skills you’ve listed, according to an infographic produced by analytics and feedback application company TruConversion. In general, filling out all possible information areas will increase your profile’s visibility. Just listing your skills makes your profile 13 times more likely to be viewed.

Consistency is another big booster. It takes 20 LinkedIn posts each month to reach 60 percent of your audience, yet only 40 percent of people on the network use the site daily. Continue reading

Special Report Recruiting

The 2008-09 financial crisis crushed the recruiting industry. With massive layoffs and hiring freezes proliferating around corporate America, headhunting firms found themselves in a massive funk. Consider Korn Ferry, the largest executive search firm, which, according to The Economist, saw its annual revenue tumble 20 percent in April 2009, resulting in a loss of $10 million for the year.

But as the economy found its footing, so too did the industry of identifying and hiring talent. The rebound in the job market injected new life into search firms that help companies with high profile hires — Korn Ferry, now Korn Ferry Hay Group, reported a revenue of nearly $1 billion its last fiscal year — but it also spawned an era where companies are doing more of their own recruiting. Continue reading

11 highest paying tech jobs in America

If you’re not quite doctor or lawyer material, but want to make a killing, then you could do a lot worse than get a tech job. Which kind? That’s what online jobs and recruiting marketplace Glassdoor reveals in a new survey of the highest paying jobs in America. We’ve filtered out the non-tech jobs like physician ($180,000 median base salary) and lawyer ($144,500 median base salary), which are Nos. 1 and 2, and go from there (though really, what isn’t a tech job these days?) Anyway, you can get complete results of the Glassdoor highest paying jobs survey here. Results are based on salary reports shared by employees with these jobs on Glassdoor over the past year. Continue reading

Has the Internet of Things gone too far?

The Internet of Things (IoT) – with its network of objects and computers that collect and distribute data on our lives – has all the promise of making those lives easier. But are we in danger of IoT overload?

We live in an interesting age where virtually everything we own can be connected to the Internet. Your phone, television, security system, and car are just the start. These devices may connect directly – through your home Wi-Fi router or via Internet-connected devices such as your smartphone or even your home thermostat. Continue reading

The Top 11 Information Security Conferences of 2016

In Part II of our 2015 Infosec Wishlist series, a number of security experts expressed their desire for the security community to renew its focus on collaboration, communication and unity in the New Year. To accomplish this goal, folks in information security will need to internalize this message and inject it into their dealings with one another. But how can we set this process in motion?

We feel that conferences are an excellent starting point. Indeed, these events are perfect for security personnel to share research, debate hot topics and learn from one another.

With this in mind, we have assembled a list of the top 11 conferences in the information security industry for 2016. We hope that everyone with the means and ability to attend these events will do so.
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7 Tech Jobs Hardest Hit By Layoffs In 2015

Despite a relatively low unemployment rate for the tech industry, some of its jobs were hit harder with layoffs than others in 2015. Take a look at the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics data to see how your job and those of your peers fared.

Tech unemployment stood at only 2.6% in 2015, based on data culled from the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics by InformationWeek. That’s far better than the 5% unemployment rate across all industries at the close of last year and 4.9% for January 2016. Continue reading