10 point DR power checklist

10 point DR power checklist defined in Janco DR/BC Template

10 point DR power checklist — After an event that disrupts a network, availability of power to recover and run the network often is critical.  Below is a 10 item check list of what to consider in your disaster recovery – business continuity plan.

  1. Electricity, water, broken wires do not mix.  Before anything else validate that the power source and power distribution systems are dry and functional before power is turned on.
  2. Understand the minimum power requirements to be operational.   Have a clear understanding of a facility’s critical loads.
  3. Have an adequate fuel supply to operate backup power sources. Make smart fuel and technology choices, considering things such as if natural gas pipeline service were to be disrupted in your community. Make sure that you have sufficient fuel storage capacity onsite for an extended outage.
  4. Set reasonable response times for standby generator.  Frequent outages of a few seconds, a few minutes, or more, can have significant cost implications for businesses. While some other generators take up to two minutes to engage, diesel-powered generators are uniquely able to provide full load power within 10 seconds of a grid outage.
  5. Maintain your equipment and test it operations. Standby generators should be exercised periodically to ensure they will operate as designed in the event of an outage.
  6. Understand your environment and geography.  Even the best generators won’t work underwater when subjected to extreme flooding.  Check unit location for protection from flooding and ensure you use the proper gauge extension cord.
  7. Set up generators in an “open environment”. Use generators or other gasoline or charcoal-burning devices such as heaters in an open area or outside near an open window. Carbon monoxide fumes can build up and poison people.
  8. Quarterly review your load.  Know when there are any new demands or critical circuits to protect.  If you’ve added new computers or other power-hungry devices, consider updating switchgear.
  9. Meet all mandated compliance requirements. Make sure you have the proper permits and records on operations.
  10. Optionally contract for a rental power source.  Consider a rental generator power for use in the event of an extended outage.

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Top 10 WYOD Best Practices

Top 10 WYOD Best Practices expand beyond BYOD

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WYOD Policy that address all of the issues generated by this technology.

Top 10 WYOD Best Practices – Employees bringing their own smartphones into the workplace started the BYOD trend requiring enterprises to deal with the serious security implications that come from these devices. The decision for employees to wear their own device (WYOD), such as an apple watch that can link to your Wi-Fi; capture audio, video and data; store; and transmit poses similar problems for IT departments.  Employees and individuals outside of the enterprise can use these devices, sometimes discretely, to access and share business content.

This puts corporate data and infrastructure at risk, and reinforces the need for IT managers to focus on securing the content, rather than the device that’s in use. Wearable devices simply add another level of access and security concern to what we’ve already seen with the BYOD trend.

Here are top 10 best practices for WYOD:

  1. Have a strategy for how, when and why WYOD devices can be used
  2. Implement an acceptable use policy
  3. Identify the connectivity options that are available to both internal and external users
  4. Approved devices should be easily connected to the available secure access points
  5. Define a management process for the WYOD devices
  6. Plan for the activity WYOD devices will add to the network
  7. Make collaboration tools a priority
  8. Secure the end points and isolate sensitive/confidential information and locations
  9. Be prepared for little to no advance notice on upgrades
  10. Formalize your 7 x 24 support

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10 CIO questions

10 CIO questions as they move forward

There are 10 burning questions that CIOs need to have answers to.

10 CIO questions

The chief information officer’s (CIO) role, responsibilities and influence is growing in today’s boardroom. And the CIOs job itself is expanding as well. The CIOs of the next decade face many challenges. The CIOs who will succeed will have a common set of skills.

The 10 CIO questions are:

  1. Can the CIO and IT organization sustain technology hype and deliver value?
  2. How secure is the data of the enterprise and its customers and suppliers?
  3. What is the next core systems evolution that the CIO and IT organization going to undertake?
  4. How and when will drones be used with the enterpriser?
  5. What are the implication of “industry giants” like Goggle going to impact the operations of the enterprise?
  6. Can Blockchain (a distributed database that maintains a continuously-growing list of ordered records called blocks that interconnect enterprise data) be implemented within the enterprise?
  7. Can enterprise’s product designs keep up with opportunities from technology?
  8. Will vendor consolidation continue?
  9. Is digital distribution and marketplace about to take over?
  10. Are KPI metrics and  analytics investment paying off?

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Top 10 tips improve social networking security

Top 10 tips and best practices to improve social networking security

Top 10 tips improve social networking security – These best practices will improve social networking security and protect the enterprise’s social networking reputation.

  1. Educate employees – Educating employees of best practices can help improve the overall security of the business. Awareness through seminars, workshops, and other programs help educate how attackers use social media to target a brand via individual employees.
  2. Have employees use different passwords for different system – Encourage users to have multiple unique passwords. This can be support by implementing a cloud based password management system.
  3. Mandate strong passwords – Make it a requirement to have unique strong passwords.
  4. Have employees change passwords regularly – One every three or four months communicate with employees to tell them it is time to change their passwords.
  5. Do not share accounts – For social accounts that represent the enterprise only have one user per each and the linking e-mail account should be one that is in the enterprise domain and will remain with the enterprise in case the employee leaves or is terminated
  6. Implement two factor authentication – Many of the larger social networks provide two-factor authentication, commonly in the form of a code sent to their smartphone or email each time a new device or browser attempts to login to the account.
  7. Educate employees to NOT open email attachments or go to links where the originator is not known – Stress the practices of carefully reviewing URL links before clicking to make sure the company and site name are spelled correctly. Cybercriminals will often blast out links that are very similar to a real address adding, subtracting or rewording parts to differentiate them.
  8. Utilize antivirus and security software – . No matter how careful a user is, there’s always the risk of accidentally engaging with a malicious link – and just one unfortunate click can lead to months of recovery time.
  9. Don’t friend people you do not know – Companies should encourage employees to thoroughly vet a friend request before hitting “accept”. They should check to see if other colleagues are also connected to the account. If the account seems suspicious or you don’t know the individual, ignore or report the user, and refrain from clicking on any links they may have sent.
  10. Validate and verify – just because it is on the Internet does not make it true.

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Top 10 Smartphone Features to be added

Top 10 Smartphone Features to be added

Top 10 Smartphone features to be added in the next new devices.

  1. New designs: Samsung looking at a folding smartphone, Apple face lift to phone hardware and core application
  2. Faster processors: Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 835, which could be installed in some premium Android smartphones from top mobile companies. Some may opt for Mediatek’s Helio X30, which has 10 CPU cores
  3. Virtual reality: It’ll be possible to plug handsets into Google’s DayDream View VR headset to watch movies, play games, or roam VR worlds.
  4. Improved LTE: LTE speeds will get a serious boost with new modem technologies. Smartphones like the Galaxy S7 and Apple’s iPhone 7 can download data over LTE networks at a maximum speed of 600Mbps (bits per second), and upload data at 150Mbps.
  5. USB port upgrade: USB-C will replace the aging micro-USB 2.0 ports in Android handsets. USB-C is extremely versatile — beyond charging, it can be used to connect mobile devices to high-definition monitors, headphones, flash drives, and external storage devices.
  6. More Wireless Audio (Bluetooth): This means the extra headache of buying and recharging wireless headsets, but getting rid of the headphone jack could result in thinner and lighter handsets with better battery life.
  7. Quicker charging: Smartphones will charge much faster with USB-C cables, which can carry more power to a battery.
  8. Smarter phones: Augmented reality smartphones can recognize objects, map out rooms, and present relevant information about objects in sight on a handset’s screen. Smartphones can already recognize images and speech recognition via online services, but deep-learning enhancements could bring those capabilities offline.
  9. Faster Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5 wireless upgrade which will have two times the speed and four times the range of its predecessor
  10. More Removable Storage – Currently, internal storage tops out at 256GB and SD storage at 512GB, but SanDisk this year showed a prototype 1TB SD card.

IT Infrastructure Policies and Procedures

One of the best ways to communicate and understand a company and its operating culture is through its policies. Designing and writing policy and communicating it effectively is an essential skill for professionals to have. By having policy carefully developed and communicated, employees will clearly know what the organization expects from them, the degree of control and independence they will have, and what the benefits and consequences are in regard to adhering to policy.

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Wall Street Journal quotes Janco forecast

Wall Street Journal quotes Janco IT Job Market forecast

The Wall Street journal quotes Janco for the 6th time this year. That is a record for the firm and its CIO.  In addition, there are two more months to go.

You can go to their blog at http://blogs.wsj.com/cio/tag/janco-associates/ and see the quotes.

IT Job Market Growth for 2016 versus 2015
IT Job Market Growth for 2016 versus 2015

The topics reported on this year come under the following titles:

  1. IT Job Growth Down in October: Analysis – CIO Journal
  2. Compensation Up for Top-Earning CIOs: Analysis – CIO Journal
  3. IT Hiring Down in September –  WSJ Economy
  4. IT Hiring Rebounds in June, but Overall Growth Remains Slow –  WSJ Economy
  5. IT Job Growth Hit Five-Year Low in April –  WSJ Economy
  6. IT Hiring Continues to Slide – CIO Journal

With this latest quote Janco is now viewed by many enterprises as the go to sources for IT job market and IT salary information.  This keeps it in line with the long-term identification of Janco and its CIO as a leader in the field of IT management information.

Janco continues to keep tabs on the IT Job Market, IT Compensation, and trends that impact the overall infrastructure and strategy of IT and the CIO who are in charge. With this in mind Janco has identified 3 common skills that sucessful CIOs have.

  1. Successful CIOs are both visionary and pragmatic\
  2. Successful CIOs focus on ROI improvement of IT
  3. Successful CIOs inspire the enterprise and expand the business impact of IT

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10 Point Checklist DR Power Requirements

10 Point Checklist DR Power Requirements

10 point checklist DR power requirements in Janco’s Disaster Recovery Business Continuity template.  The checklist addresses the issues associated with power after an event disrupts availability. It is:

  1. Electricity, water, broken wires do not mix.  Before anything else, validate that the power source and power distribution systems are dry and functional before power is turned on.10 Point Checklist DR Power Requirements
  2. Understand the minimum power requirements to be operational.   Have a clear understanding of a facility’s critical loads.
  3. Have an adequate fuel supply to operate backup power sources. Make smart fuel and technology choices, considering things such as if natural gas pipeline service were to be disrupted in your community. Make sure that you have sufficient fuel storage capacity on-site for an extended outage.
  4. Set reasonable response times for standby generator.  Frequent outages of a few seconds, a few minutes, or more, can have significant cost implications for businesses. While some other generators take up to two minutes to engage, diesel-powered generators are uniquely able to provide full load power within 10 seconds of a grid outage.
  5. Maintain your equipment and test it operations. Standby generators should be exercised periodically to ensure they will operate as designed in the event of an outage.
  6. Understand your environment and geography.  Even the best generators won’t work underwater when subjected to extreme flooding.  Check unit location for protection from flooding and ensure you use the proper gauge extension cord.
  7. Set up generators in an “open environment”. Use generators or other gasoline or charcoal-burning devices such as heaters in an open area or outside near an open window. Carbon monoxide fumes can build up and poison people.
  8. Quarterly review your load.  Know when there are any new demands or critical circuits to protect.  If you’ve added new computers or other power-hungry devices, consider updating switchgear.
  9. Meet all mandated compliance requirements. Make sure you have the proper permits and records on operations.
  10. Optionally contract for a rental power source.  Consider a rental generator power for use in the event of an extended outage.
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10 findings on highly paid CIOs a

10 facts on highly paid CIOs

The 36 highly paid CIOs have average base salary is $510,000 with total average compensation of $3.6 million.

Janco has just updated its list of highly paid CIOs for the last year. The data is from public sources including SEC fillings.  The data shows that this group of individuals is not only very diverse but also completely integrated in the executive management planning and operational teams.

Interesting findings include:

  1. One quarter of this group of CIOs are women.  That is up from less than 10% in 1999.
  2. Just under 1 in five are minorities.  This group of CIO is racially diverse and are all well educated
  3. The median base salary $700K while the average base salary is $510K/
  4. The median total compensation $3.3 million and average total compensation is $3.6 million.
  5. All of the CIOs make most of their total compensation from performance bonuses and company stock.
  6. The average tenure is well over 60 months and these individuals have the probability of retiring from these jobs versus being terminated or leaving for greener pastures.
  7. All of the positions are Vice Presidents and most are Executive Vice Presidents. All have either CIO or CTO in their official titles.
  8. Over 60% have been in IT most of their careers. and have advanced to this position.
  9. Over 40% have operational responsibility for areas beyond IT and technology.  Technology is integral to the day-to-day operations
  10. All are integrated into the executive and operational management of the enterprises they are in. Typically IT is not in a “silo” isolated from the rest of the company.
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Highly paid CIOs – Public Companies

Janco and eJobDescription.com has conducted salary surveys of the IT Job market since 1989. The data from this survey has been published in the Computer Industry Almanac, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, eWeek, and many other business and industry publications. In addition over the years it has been featured on CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and several national and international media outlets.

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10 step security

10 step security for third party access to enterprise systems

10 Setps for security in cloud Security plan10 step security for 3rd party access to enterprise systems are a must with the increased use of internet processing and use by day to day business operations.

Security and compliance are key to maintaining control of sensitive and confidential information. All of the product offerings of Janco are geared towards proving tools to help C-Level executives and top IT professionals maintain the privacy of its users and enterprise data.

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  1. Create an asset inventory and tracking to reduce the risk of network-connected assets being out of compliance with policy.
  2. Understand the cloud-based environment where all users are considered remote, and apply controls similar to how they have historically provided access to third parties.
  3. Make changes in how the organization manages and controls these various user-types by incorporating concepts such as zero-trust, network abstraction, extended identity validation and full-session recording to effectively reduce the overall risk and isolate any potential impact caused by third parties or remote user actions.
  4. Define a plan which meets the requirements for external contractors, employees, and B2B entities.
  5. Coordinate third party access plan in conjunction with their business units and develop a solid communications plan.
  6. Create rules for access using the appropriate level of controls commensurate with their given risk profiles, to include: isolation/segmentation, encryption, and federation integrations.
  7. Establish access points and rules for data availability to third parties
  8. Invest in ways to authenticate third-party users beyond simple username and password.
  9. Define metrics which address compliance variances and risks, and build an end-to-end security and risk view for the entire enterprise.
  10. Create a reporting system which track access, access violations, downloads and total usage. This should be real-time and have assigned individuals monitor and report and deviations.

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Top 10 Wearable Issues

Top 10 Wearable Issues

Top 10 Wearable Issues – Over 33% of all organizations surveyed by Janco have revealed they have more than 5,000 connected devices. Add to that, Cisco predicts there will be more than 600 million wearable devices in use by 2020.

These facts present a set of challenges for CIOs and IT enterprises of all sizes.

  1. Easy physical access to Data
  2. Records management, retention, and destruction
  3. Business continuity is significantly more complex
  4. Photos, Videos and Audio can be captured without anyone knowing it
  5. Instant access to outside Wi-Fi and cellular systems facilitates rapid dissemination
  6. Insecure wireless connectivity
  7. Lack of encryption
  8. Lack of formal policies with limited regulation or compliance –
  9. Software and Firmware version control
  10. Current MDM Policies Don’t Cover Wearables

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Top 10 Security Predictions

Top 10 Security Predictions

Top 10 Security Predictions – Many organizations fail to realize the benefits of security information management due to the often exhaustive financial and human resource costs of implementing and maintaining the software. However, Janco’s’ Security Manual Template – the industry standard – provides the infrastructure tools to manage security, make smarter security decisions and respond faster to security incidents and compliance requests within days of implementation.

Top 10 Security Predictions from Janco Associates are:

  1. Over the next several years almost all of vulnerabilities exploited by hackers will continue to be ones known by security and IT professionals for at least one year.

    Top 10 Security Predictions
    Top 10 Security Predictions
  2. Robotics will take over many security operations. China will lead the way with 30-40K students training in universities with this technology. US will lag for several years.
  3. Shadow IT will be responsible for over one third of attacks experienced by enterprises.
  4. The need to prevent data breaches from public clouds will drive many organizations to develop data security governance programs.
  5. Over the long term enterprises engaged in application development will secure applications by adopting application security self-testing, self-diagnosing and self-protection technologies.
  6. Future cloud-based providers will include network firewall, secure web gateway (SWG) and web application firewall (WAF) platforms in their offerings.
  7. Identity as a service (IDaaS) implementations the focus of several new companies.
  8. Use of passwords and tokens in will drop 55%, due to the introduction of bio-metrics.
  9. A majority of IoT device manufacturers will not be able to address threats from weak authentication practices.
  10. More than 25% of identified enterprise attacks will involve IoT.

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Foreign Assignments

Foreign Assignments Considerations

Foreign Assignments – Taking an overseas assignment can be a great career boost. There are some major issues that you need to consider.

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Taxes

The US is the only country in the world that taxes their citizens on their WORLDWIDE income. So even though you may earn every penny in other country on your local contract, the US wants to tax you for it. Fortunately there is a “foreign earned income tax” exclusion that you can apply for that will prevent the US from taxing you for the first $80,000 but above that value you will be taxed by both countries.

Keep a US address – find someone in your family who you can have all of your mail forwarded to and whose address you can use on your US tax forms.

Foreign Banking

The US requires that if you have a foreign bank account every year you must file a form with the Treasury Department to list all the foreign bank account numbers you own. Foreign branches of banks do not talk to their branches in the US. For all intents and purposes, they are totally different banks. You can wire money back and forth between your accounts (with associated fees), however it is easier to live with the separate accounts.

Moving

Have your movers come and estimate the volume of your household goods and then you get a feel for how much will fit in a new “smaller” place.

If you plan on coming back to the US, might leave any valuable goods (antiques, paintings, etc) with your family. Boats have been known to sink; containers have fallen off ships in bad weather, and while these items are insured, they could be lost forever.

Leave most of your electronics in the US. Your TV, stereo, microwave, washer/dryer, blender, even alarm clock, hair dryers, and telephones will not work on the power in many foreign countries.  The one exception is a DVD player – note your US DVDs will not work on an foreign DVD player as your DVDs are coded for the US.

Your goods will take 6-8 weeks to come from the US by boat – so be sure to negotiate into your contract that they put you into temporary housing or a hotel until your goods arrive and provide you with a car. I

Car and Driving

It is not cost effective to ship a car. Sell your car and buy a new one in your new country.

The US does not use the “international road signs” so you can find these on the Internet and study them before you arrive. Try to get your hands on an foreign countries’ driving manual before you arrive as the rules of the road are different in almost every country.

Bureaucracy

Getting a work permit, temporary resident’s visa, your driver’s license, and local ID in foreign country is a paperwork frenzy. Get as many of your personal documents together and organized up front (birth certificate, passport, immunizations, etc).

Networking

When you arrive in the foreign country typically you know virtually nobody. It is critical that you find a group of people soon after arriving. Type “Americans (country name)” into Goggle and find some local groups. These groups help you to meet other Americans who are in my exact same situation and who have already crossed the hurdles that you are just going over. These clubs often have “Newcomer” events that will welcome you to the area or subgroups (e.g. American Rotary, Mothers of Young Children, Retirees, Working Women’s Group, etc) that will help you almost immediately find other Americans in similar situations to yours.

Paperwork

Have a power of attorney and a will before you leave the US. Have an the attorney look into what could be done to make these documents legally recognizable in the foreign country.

Renting your Home in the US

You should find a fantastic property management company that does background checks (criminal) and credit checks on potential renters. Also, get the highest end rental insurance and fire insurance you can buy with replacement cost adjusted for inflation.

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10 best practices electronic meetings

10 best practices electronic meetings

10 best practices electronic meetings
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10 best practices electronic meetings have been identified by Janco Associates, Inc.  They are:

  1. Have an agenda that is available to all attendees before the meeting
  2. Have a process to validate that the devices in use by users will work with the electronic meeting application
  3. Test the meeting technology with all attendees well in advance of the meeting
  4. Have a specific start time
  5. Be aware of time zones that meeting attendees will be in
  6. Have a dress code including background for meeting attendees to follow
  7. Send electronic invitation which require a confirmation and put the meeting in the electronic calendars of all attendees
  8. Have a common secure location where share documents are available to all attendees
  9. Record the meeting and comments for others to review if they are not able to attend
  10. After the meeting send a summary of the meeting including next steps, tasks assigned, and when the next follow-up meeting will take place.

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10 best practices to retain millennials

10 best practices retain millennials

10 best practices retain millennials can be applied easily and favorable results will be seen quickly.

10 best practices retain millennials
10 best practices retain millennials
  1. Implement a mentoring programs – utilize social media to communicate frequently followed up with face to face time.
  2. Rotate work assignments to provide millennials with a broader range of exposure to the enterprise what is in store for them in the future
  3. Provide millennials with a flexible feed-back loop process so you know what their state of mind is. Minimize the chances for “unhappy” employees
  4. Give them time to develop their skills and career opportunities
  5. Encourage on-going education but technical and managerial.
  6. Define clear and achievable performance metrics so both you and they know what is expected
  7. Minimize stress and provide training to millennials on how to deal with stress.
  8. Balance work and personal time. Avoid situations where the 50-hour week is the norm
  9. Implement an open door policy and have managers, even the CIO, interact with all levels of employees. Manage by walking around and getting a feel for how everyone is doing.
  10. Provide opportunities for millennials to provide ideas and when one is implemented sound the praises of the employee.

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Top 10 Technology Travel Tips – International

Top 10 Technology Travel Tips – International

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Top 10 Travel Tips

Top 10 Technology Travel Tips – When people traveling, especially internationally, not only is technology at risk but also sensitive personal and work information.  Below are 10 tips taken from Janco’s Travel, Electronic, and Off-Site Meeting Policy.

  1. If it’s not necessary, don’t travel with a computer or tablet.
  2. Whenever possible, arrange to use loaner laptops and handheld devices while traveling.
  3. If you are bringing a laptop with you, make sure you have the proper plug adapter.
  4. Install a host-based firewall, and configure it to deny all inbound connections.
  5. Disable file, printer sharing, and Bluetooth. Apply full disk encryption, picking a long, complex password
  6. Update all software immediately before travel.
  7. Always clear out browser cache before you leave.
  8. Backup your computer
  9. If you are bringing private data, not on a computer, copy the data onto an encrypted USB memory device
  10. Change the password for your accounts email, Gmail, Facebook, etc.
    1. Utilize complex passwords – Assume the workstation or medium will be lost or stolen.
    2. Memorize the password, or keep it in a secure location on your person.
    3. Password protect the login, and require the password after screen-saver.
    4. NEVER set browser to remember passwords.

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