IT Employment Picture is spotty at best. Many CIOs were optimistic at the beginning of this year, but they have pulled back on hiring. After 5 months, there has a net loss of 7,200 jobs in the IT job market. In addition this year is trailing IT job creation of last last year by over 18,100 jobs.In interviews with over 100 CIOs, we found that CIOs are no longer as confident about the economic outlook as they were earlier in the year.
Whit this as a preamble, Janco has reduced its forecast for the number of new IT jobs to be added to be about 77,200 for the whole of 2017. Earlier we had forecast that well over 140,000 new jobs would be created.
FCC anti-net neutrality results in thousands robo-comments
FCC anti-net neutrality – Now that FCC has announced they plan to roll back an Obama-era framework for net neutrality, their website is being flooded with several thousand duplicate comments.
The FCC asked Americans to leave comments in favor of keeping the rules. These robo-comments make any meaningful analysis of the responses next to impossible. Including those comments, well over half-a-million comments have been posted.
What does this all mean to small businesses and individuals who are using the web to conduct business and gather information. Only time will tell.
IT Environment and Net Neutrality
The IT environment is too complex to rely on outmoded ways to keep the business functioning and thriving flawlessly. That is one of the reasons that the net neutrality rules are important.
To balance the many crucial and changing enterprise demands to move the organization forward, an effective IT strategy is required. Without that, there are increases risks in expectations of IT — the growth of the Internet, compliance concerns, mobile computing and advanced security risks. Instituting a effective Internet and digitization strategy can serve as a catalyst that can effectively bring together the dynamics of cross-enterprise communication and summarize key, relevant data to provide critical metrics to make informed decisions.
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Telecommuting Top 10 Reasons Why include the following:
Flexible Work Hours – If employees telecommute then their schedules become more flexible.
Reduce costs – telecommuters can save money on transportation costs such as gas, parking, public transportation, work clothes, and dry cleaning bills. Employers can save money by reducing overhead and retaining employees.
Ease the strain on employees -telecommuters have greater flexibility to plan non-work-related activities around their business schedule instead of searching for the time in the early morning, late evening, or during lunch.
More Productive – telecommuters will save the time they now take to commute to their place of employment.
Minimize Non-Work Distractions – At times employees in an office setting can be distracted from their work by untimely interruptions from peers, impromptu meetings, or pulled away onto other projects. Telecommuters may find themselves more productive.
Better Morale – Working from home usually means telecommuter have more time with their family.
Green Solution – Working from home part or full-time reduces the auto emissions and decreases gas consumption.
Stay Healthy – Working from home decreases the stress caused by inflexible hours, commuting time and costs, continual rushing to unmet family needs, sitting idle during a commute and provides time to exercise or pursue endeavors of particular interest to you.
Potential Tax Deductions – Income deductions are available for home-based work-related expenses such as fax, scanner, phone, computer and office supplies.
Reduce the Need for Outsourcing – Working from home helps keep jobs domestic and reduces need or desire for business and industry to contract with other countries for work that can be done at sites other than the main office.
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Security Architect – The one position that CIOs and C-Level executives are looking to fill. With all of the recent cyber-attacks and negative publicity they have generated there is a need for this proactive position.
Most of the other positions are focused on “after the fact” monitoring. This one looks at what could happen and creates an architecture which address potential cyber-attacks and hacks. The individuals operate on a philosophy that is easier to prevent something from happening versus trying to address problems after they occur.
The individual in this position assumes responsibility for data security including the planning, design and implementation of security measures which safeguard access to enterprise terminal files and data elements. The administrator provides rapid response to user community’s request for security assistance.
They secure enterprise information by determining security requirements; planning, implementing, and testing security systems; preparing security standards, policies, and procedures; mentoring team members.
The full job description for this position has just been released.
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H-1B visa holders paid less. According to the latest filings by Apple Computer. 99.6% of the 4,807 visa applications for the current year have a “stated” average salary that is less than the going rate for the current year.
Granted that Apple may pay individuals more than is stated in the application, but they do have the option to pay less. That is the core of the issue with the H-1B visa program as it is implemented today.
The question is the program to be be altered in such a way to eliminate the possibility that companies like India based outsources can use the program for their own profit at the expense of US workers’.
In our next IT salary survey we will address this issue this issue in depth. Janco’s survey is an industry standard and is (and has been) used by over 3,000 organizations in the US and Canada, In addition, the results of the survey have been published in the Wall Street Journal and CNN to mention a few media outlets.
Several major unions and governmental agencies use the survey for setting pay grades and overall compensation levels.
Tenure of Telecom pros exceeds that of CIOs by 18 months
Tenure of Telecom pros – In the process of preparing for our mid-year IT salary survey, we have started to review the impact of the baby boomers who are now starting to to retire in droves. The issue that CIOs and CSOs face is wither they have the resources in place to fill those positions as these professionals retire.
Added to this is the fact that over the last several quarters the total number of job in the telecom field has shrunk significantly. This has also dampened the number of new entrants into that job market.
Preliminary data that we have seen shows that telecom salaries are not keeping up with the rest of the IT industry.
CIOs and CSOs are going to have to address succession planning for not only the telecom pros retiring, but also for the rest of the baby boomers that they have on their staffs.
10 steps to a raise is a program that anyone can follow. They are easy and something that IT pros (and others) can implement fairly quickly. However the results may take some time.
Make users love you
Understand where the CIO and company are moving
Learn how to implement and apply the latest technology
Get certification or first hand experience
Market your skills
Have and use the latest technology and tools
Provide peers with insight and training on your area of expertise
Fit into the organization as a team player
Be a focal point in the latest technologies
Network with IT Pros in other organizations that have the same technical responsibilities
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.
The salary survey is updated twice a year; once in January and then again in July. Janco and eJobDescription.com not only look at base salaries, they also report on total compensation.
CIO role changes and faces new challenges – no longer just a technologist now a business partner
The role of the CIO and CTO is changing as more enterprises more towards a “Value Added” role for the Information Technology function. The Strategic Implications of each type of technology are different. The CIO, as a result needs to be able to adapt qucikly
The job of overseeing technology at corporations is changing as fast as the technology itself. No longer is the chief information officer the “nerd-in-chief,” merely chasing after viruses and ordering new mouse pads. Now the CIO is finding ways to utilize hardware and software for strategic business purposes, such as discerning market opportunities and improving customer service. The high-tech tools of choice can include sophisticated data mining like social networking, and enhancements to the company website.
As the CIO’s role changes, a key question for the chief executive is whether the individual in that position can handle all of these new challenges. Today, the CIO often is working directly with all of the other C-Level executives. He or she now has to undertake customer-service, marketing, and new-product analysis. This can require “people” and analytic skills in addition to advanced e-knowledge. CIOs are called upon to think like business people.
Hiring right employees is one of the most critical factors in the success of a CIO. The right people will have the skills, aptitudes and attitudes to help mobilize and evolve systems and technology solutions necessary to compete in today’s ever changing environment.t. With the right people, CIOs can move ahead and have a team that supports the enterprise’s and CIO’s success.
CIOs in today’s tough economic conditions have to know the answer to the questions of what they can do to ensure they hire the right people? A first step Before CIOs start the recruiting process, they need to a good handle on:
Understanding the job requirements and expectations from the employee
Understanding the working style of the managers and staff where the position will be
Understanding the company’s culture and communicate that to the candidates
Have detail job descriptions in place for each position to be recruited
Conducting structured interviews that get to the true fit of the candidates with the enterprise, and
Managing the process to minimize your enterprise’s legal exposures
Remembering that a large percentage of those hired will only be with the company for fewer than 7 year – some will leave voluntarily others will be terminated.
After CIOS have completed planning, screened the applicants and interviewed job candidates, the decision to hire a person ultimately rests on your intuitive sense of whether this is the right person for the job.
Nothing can prepare any hiring manager for that decision except their own experience supplemented with hard facts and discussions with the other interviewers.
If many individuals are interviewed for many position, interviewers will learn the signs that indicate a potential hire is right. If interviews and hiring is infrequent, hiring managers will have to depend on less-intuitive methods and other people to help you.
If the company believes in high quality employees, you should be really enthusiastic about the person you want to hire, not just lukewarm.
When the CIOs and CSOs discuss common security concerns these five topics always seem to appear:
Surfing the web anonymously is a thing of the past – As online tracking systems become more sophisticated and harder to shake, the likelihood of private, anonymous browsing is becoming a long-ago memory. Take into account the latest ISP changes, where the U.S. government allows providers to not only track, but sell your browsing history without your consent. These changes in “net neutrality rules” require users to be more vigilant about their own browsing patterns. You can guard your activity by logging out of search engines before browsing, clearing your cache and search history, and switching to a private browser to minimize the various ways your browsing history is catalogued.
Anyone gain access your webcam – Hackers can and do target cameras by disabling the light that notifies of access, and keeping tabs in order to commit some sort of crime. Many users have responded by putting dark tape or coverings over their computer’s webcam. But as more smart devices are created and purchased, the surface area for webcam hacking only expands. Think, for example, of all the places you take your smartphone, with its built-in camera almost always pointing in your direction. The malware used to hack webcams, known as RAT (remote access Trojan), is often spread through spam email. Once clicked, the software is capable of disabling your light so you’re never made aware of anyone watching.
How to protect against identity theft – Be wary of sites asking for personal information to complete a basic task, such as subscribing to a newsletter. When submitting personal information, such as your address or payment method, check for https versus http and never submit this information to a party you’re not familiar with or for a request you don’t remember making.Protecting your identity, at its core, always comes back around to common sense behavior online. Understand risks, practice careful consuming, and taking precaution to diversify passwords and watch out for phishing schemes.
Free antivirus software is not free – You get what you pay for in the area of antivirus and malware protection. If it is free a lot of people use it and when there is a security hole – hackers will attack. That is opposed to paid programs were vendors constantly update the software to address new issues as the occur.
Are tablets, Smartphones and Macs safe without antivirus software? – Though the Android and Mac OS X boast of operating systems that claims they are tough to breach, they still contains weak access points. Just like any tool that surfs the web or connects to wireless routers, security is needed to scan all those items you click. (Recent research suggests Macs are now more vulnerable than PCs.)While these devices have often carried around the title of most-secure operating system, it doesn’t hurt to back up your devices with the latest antivirus security protection.
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IT related fraud and alware infections cause a number of problems. Machines become unresponsive or sluggish resulting in users become frustrated and administrators spending precious time trying to find the problem.
Once an attacker is on the inside, his or her work is significantly easier since on most networks, systems on the inside are trusted. To that end, in a review of over 300 security audits Janco has found a list of the greatest security weaknesses.
The weaknesses are:
Using only single level verification for access to sensitive data
Having public workstations or access point is connected to a secure network
Sharing login credentials
Connect to network from an unsecure access point
Corporate web site is encrypted but the login process is not
Using weak encryption for back end management
Using unencrypted or weak encryption for Web site or Web server management
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eReader Security Template released with version 12
eReader Security Template has just been released by Janco with its latest update of the security manual. This is a major update as it the template now also includes KPI metrics and best practices for Security Information and Event Management (SEIM) as well as a chapter in Identity Protection.
This security template was first release in 1999 and has been updates between 3 to 4 times each year. Currently the template is over 250 pages and includes chapters on the following topics.
Security policies – scope and objectives
Minimum and Mandated Security Standard Requirements
Vulnerability Analysis and Threat Assessment
Risk Analysis – IT Applications and Functions
Facility Design, Construction and Operational Considerations
Media and Documentation
Physical and Virtual File Server Security Policy
Sensitive Information Policy
Internet and Information Technology Contingency Planning
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Employment Improves as only three states are above 6% unemployment
Employment improves as only New Mexico, Alaska, an Alabama have unemployment rates over 6%. At the same time there now are 19 states that have unemployment rates at 4% or less. Six states have unemployment rates ar 3% or less. Those states are Vermont (3.0%), Colorado (2.9%), North Dakota (2.9%), Hawaii (2.8%), South Dakota (2.8%), and New Hampshire (2.7%)
At these levels salaries will start to rise and we forecast that the overall participation rate will begin to increase. This in turn will cause salaries to edge up.
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