Monthly Archives: April 2019

Expired Password

Expired Password Rules

Expired Password

Expiring passwords is no longer considered a best practice by many security experts

Expired Password – the process of expiring Passwords is an obsolete practice that is not worth the effort. Microsoft agrees with that.  In a company post they said, periodic password expiration is an ancient and obsolete mitigation of very low value, and Microsoft does not believe it’s worthwhile for a baseline to enforce any specific value.

As a result, Microsoft has dropped as a best practice that passwords should be frequently changed. In its Windows security configuration baseline model.  That model is collection of recommended group policies and their settings, accompanied by reports, scripts and analyzers. Earlies models had advised enterprises and other organizations to mandate a password change every 60 days.

Password Policies

Policies to automatically expire passwords – and other group policies that set security standards – are often misguided.  According to security expers. the small set of ancient password policies enforceable through Windows’ security templates is not and cannot be a complete security strategy for user credential management.

Better practices are multi-factor authentication – also known as two-factor authentication – and banning weak, vulnerable, easily-guessed or frequently revealed passwords.

Security Policies

Solutiion implemeting the Security Policies and Procedures. Janco’s Security Manual Template both the Business & IT Impact Questionnaire and the Threat & Vulnerability Assessment Tool (both were redesigned to address Sarbanes Oxley and CobiT compliance). In addition, the Security Manual Template PREMIUM Edition  contains 16 detail job descriptions that apply specifically to security and Sarbanes Oxley, ISO 27000 (ISO27001 and ISO27002),CobiT, PCI-DSS, and HIPAA. Data Protection is a priority.

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Low Unemployment

Low Unemployment in 35 States

Low Unemployment is defined as being at 4% or less.  There now are 35 states that have low unemployment.

Low Unemployment

There now are 35 states that have low unemployment. All but 6 of those states have unemployment rates lower this month than the same month last year.

When all factors are considered this is one of the best general  job markets in a number of years.  That is especially true for the IT job market that continues to expand as enterprises are investing heavily in technology.

There is still a forecast that says over 100,000 net new jobs will be created for IT professionals in 2019.

Blockchain job are hot

In a review of compensation for 12 comparable Blockchain related positions at a number of enterprises, Janco found that 10 of the positions surveyed had median salaries over $100K. The two positions that did not reach that threshold, were ones that have been around a while and are just now seeing the impact of blockchain. A Manager of Blockchain Architecture commands a median salary of $142,000, a Project Manager Blockchain is at $120,000, a Blockchain Analyst has a median salary of $123,500, and a Blockchain Developer commands $127,000. All at the upper end of salaries for IT Professionals.

Hot Jobs

Positions related to Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Processing technology are all hot. Salaries are rising and demand fo seasoned professionals is hig.

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What is Blockchain and why is it such a hot topic?

What is Blockchain?

What is Blockchain

Blockchain job description critical to making the right staffing decisions

Why and what is blockchain? Blockchain technology is the application of Internet transasction process and data base technology in a way to store and to verify integrity. It is, primarily, a technology that uses cryptocurrency. With that, it enhances the trustworthiness of the transactions. Transactions become unchangeable once they are entered in the blockchain database. This is valid for all the data that the users use and share.

Typically, the blockchain application works with the most popular cryptocurrency, known as Bitcoin. It is a virtual currency that application uses to keep track of all the transactions that take place on the blockchain network. The applications of a reliable database like this can be many, and they are not limited or restricted to finance only. Information Technology architects are actively engaged in working with the Blockchain Technology.  In addition, these professionals are optimistic about finding new products or applications with blockchain. For example, after the successful implementation of a blockchain system, in all likelihood the application can be extended to suppliers and customers alike.

Blockchain challenges

The Blockchain developer is responsible for developing innovative solutions to challenging problems, including command and control and high integrity solutions. Perform complex analysis, design, development, testing, and debugging of computer software for distinct product hardware or technical service lines of businesses. Perform software design, operating architecture integration, and computer system selection. Operate on multiple systems and apply knowledge of one or more platforms and programming languages.

The Blockchain developer is challenged with legacy infrastructure that will be the main obstacle to successful implementations. This is coupled with the challenges of technical understanding – the practicality of implementing decentralized cryptosystems that fall outside of the traditional IT development skill-set.

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IT Job Description Postings 2019 February – March

IT Job Description Postings 2019 February – March

IT Job DescriptionsIT Job Description Postings 2019 February - March Postings 2019 February – March were related to many considerations.  Included are topics from women in IT thru median salaries for IT Professionals.

All of these positngs have to do with the staffing issues associated with the technology function.

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Women Career Opportunities

Women career opportunities in high growth positions

IT Hiring Kit address Women Career OpportunitiesWomen Career Opportunities are on the rise with both an improved economy and the increased role women play in many organizations. In addition, 3 of the 10 top growth career areas are in IT.

In the IT recruiting process, there now are more women that are in the mix. That includes jobs from CIO to blockchain developer.  Recruiters need to be cognicant of the implications of that. To that end, the IT Hiring Kit address the issues associated with recruiting and retaing qualified female IT Professionals.

Women career opportunities

Based on data provided by the BLS and with Janco’s analysis, it is exceedingly clear that IT will play a major role in the advancement of many women.

Sexism is dead in IT – we think

Of the top 10 growth careers for women 3 are in IT.  Many women career opportunities are in these three career areas are:

  1. Software developers, application, and software systems is projected to grow by 12% by 2026 and currently has a median salary of $89,804.
  2. Computer and Information Systems Managers is forecasted to grow by 24% and currently has a median salary of $85,593.
  3. Management Analysts should grow by 14% and current occupants of that position are paid a media salary of $74.734.

All of this point to a bright future for women in the technology.

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SME High Paid IT Pros

SME High Paid IT Pros in a hot job market

SME High Paid IT Pros

SME High Paid IT Pros all make over $100 according to Janco’s IT salary survey

SME high paid IT Pros in a job market that shows no sign slowing down.  More companies are looking to invest in new technology.  This results in high demand for can-do professionals.  In additions salaries for these information technology professions is on the rise.

The highest paid IT Pros in the SME job market are all over $100,000.  Janco predicts that the median salary for all IT Professionals in SMEs will be over $100,000 within the next year.  The top paid individuals are:

  • Vice President – Chief Information Officer – $165,494
  • VP – Security (CSO) – $142,525
  • VP – Technical Services – $138,881
  • VP – Consulting Services – $138,213
  • Director – Systems & Programming – $133,190
  • VP – Information Services – $133,094
  • Director – Production/Data Center – $115,651
  • VP – Administration – $108,785
  • Project Manager – Distributed Systems – $107,203
  • Manager – Systems and Programming – $106,870

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Comprehensive IT Job Descriptions

Along with the salary data provided in the IT Salary Survey, there is an option to get full job descriptions for each of the positions surveyed.  In addition, as an option, all 300 plus job descriptions that are published by Janco are available.

Recently the firm updated it IT Hiring Kit which contains the latest salary data and job descriptions.

Options available for getting the latest compensation data along with job descriptions. In addition, this kit comes with the Interview and Hiring Guide

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Top 10 Millennial Considerations

Top 10 Millennial Considerations for Recruiting Managers

Top 10 Millennial Considerations change the way companies recruit.   There are factors that are different that recruiters and managers need to consider.  We have identified the top 10 things factors when look at this portion of the labor pool.

Top 10 Millennial recruiting considerations identified

Top 10 Millennial Considerations

Recruiting Millennials was a key factor is the redesign of the IT Hiring Kit

  1. Millennials typically are not looking for long-term career positions. Many are looking to gain knowledge that they can leverage in their next position. The company, the product, or the service provided is not as important as what the millennial can gain for their experience. During the recruiting process, care must be given to understanding exactly what the millennial is looking for in a position,  Will it be a short employment opportunity or one they can stick with for a 3 to 5 year period?
  2. The company website is one of the first places that millennials will look for information before they do anything else.
  3. Millenials prefer to submit electronic resumes and apply for positions via the internet (company website) or Social Media accounts.
  4. Social media reputation is a key consideration in their decision to accept or reject a job offer.
  5. Millennials prefer companies that are forward-thinking and digitally tuned. Social media presence is important.
  6. They often will not consider an environment where they are at a desk in football field-sized office versus a telecommuting environment.
  7. Communication and training are key components of the culture that millennials need to understand. These individuals look for companies that have an experience base they can learn from, Typically, millennials do now what to create from scratch.  Therefore, they need to have a way to connect with those who have gone before them.
  8. Millennials expect and require modern technology to do their jobs and will specifically look for employers that offer cutting edge tools.
  9. Millennials require that they are in-the-know on company performance and how their contributions have helped the company meet its goals and objectives.
  10. People in this group place person life over work life.  Work is only a means to make a living, a long-term career with a company is not the top priority.

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IT Job Descriptions

Well written IT Job Descriptions are key to staffing

IT Job Descriptions

2019 Version of the  HandiGuide contains 300 2 to 8 page descriptions. They every position for CIO to Blockchain programmer and System Administrators

IT Job Descriptions that are complete and well written. For example, each job description is 2 to 8 pages in length and well structured. In addition, they all follow the same format and utilize standard style sheets. As a result, they are key to setting functional pay grades, defining career paths, and recruiting qualified staff.

Janco’s descriptions are current and comprensive.  Also, they are compliant with all mandated requirements including PCI-DSS, GDPR, ISO, Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, CobiT, and the ITIL standards.

The position descriptions are structured to focus on “Best Practices”.  These have been defined by the IT Productivity Center. Also, the descriptions meet the requirements for World Class Enterprises. Foremost, they are ready to use and easily modified to meet an enterprise’s unique requirements. In addition, the descriptions all are reviewed at least annually and updated accordingly. Therefore, those with the subscription service recieve frequent updates.

They are provided in MS WORD, PDF, and ePub formats.  Also, a subscription service to update them is offered. The lenght of the upddate sevice is 1-year to 2 years.

The 300 positions include all of the functions within the IT group. They are structured to focus on “Best Practices” as defined by the IT Productivity Center.  In addition, they meet World Class Enterprise requirements. They are ready to use and easily modified to meet your enterprise’s unique requirements.

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Job Description Format and Strucuture

The position descriptions in this book contain information regarding a given job and its functionality within an Information Systems Organization.  This includes a position purpose statement, problems and challenges of the position. In addition, an itemized list of principal accountabilities, and the authority boundaries afforded the holder of the position.  Aslo listed are job contacts of the position, and specifications of experience needed for the position. Finally, the career opportunities available to the position holder in the future.

MS Word style sheets are used so all of the job descriptions are in the same consistent format.

Position Purpose

The Position Purpose section of the position description gives an overview of the responsibilities of the position.  This provides a summary of the most important aspects and duties of the position.

Problems and Chalenges

The Problems and Challenges section outline specific challenges facing the holder of the position.  If these challenges are met efficiently and effectively, the opportunity for advancement to a higher position, offering greater challenges, will occur.

Essential Position Functions

For each position, essential position functions are defined.  There are additional factors that impact a position. With this in mind, all of the positions have been developed with four items to identify these essential position functions.  They are:

  • Principal Accountabilities,
  • Authority,
  • Contacts, and
  • Position Requirements

Principal Accountabilities

The Principal Accountabilities section itemizes the separate duties and responsibilities of the position.  This section fully details each major task or responsibility necessary to perform the job function.  The tasks are ranked from those most crucial in the beginning of the section to those which are more routine are listed at the end of the section.

Authority

The Authority section of the position description delineates the amount of latitude the position holder has in influencing personnel and decision making within the department.  This section also outlines which departmental personnel the position holder needs to interface in order to successfully perform this job.

Contacts

The Contacts section of the position description identifies the primary and secondary contacts with whom this position deals with on a day to day basis.

Position Requirements

The Position Requirements section sets forth hiring requirements for the specified position, as well as necessary educational, experiential, and other requirements necessary for the position.

Career Ladder

The Career Ladder section proposes future career track opportunities for the position holder.  This provides a goal for the position holder to achieve and should, therefore, increase motivation levels.

ADA Implications

The ADA does not limit an employer’s ability to establish or change the content, nature, or functions of a job.  It is the employer’s role to establish what a job is and what functions are required to perform it.  The ADA simply requires that an individual with a disability have their qualification for a job evaluated in relation to the job’s essential functions.

The ADA does not require that an employer conduct a job analysis or any particular form of job analysis to identify the essential functions of a job.  The information provided by a job analysis may or may not be helpful in properly identifying essential job functions, depending on how it is conducted.

To identify essential job functions under the ADA, a job analysis should focus on the purpose of the job and the importance of actual job functions in achieving this purpose.  A job analysis will be most in-line with the spirit of the ADA, if it focuses on the results or outcomes of a function, not solely on the way it customarily is done.

IT Job Description Bundles

For those clients who do not want to acquire the entire HandiGuide there is an option to select subsets of our complete offering. These subsets are focused around particular areas of interest and provide you a way to get the benefits of Janco’s expertise in a limited and lower cost manner. All of the bundles have been updated within the last six months. They include:

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IT Median Salaries

IT Median Salaries 2018 vs. 2019

IT Median Salaries 2018 vs. 2019 have gone up by close to 3% as of Januay.  Janco is starting to gather data for it mid-year salary survey.  At the end of last year there was a major push by many organizations to increase the number of IT Pros on their staffs.  This resulted in the upward movement in compensations.

IT Median Salaries

IT Median Salaries as of January were up by 3.42% in large enterprises and 2.4% in mid-sized ones

In conjunction with the data gathered at that time, Janco  looked at some of the “hot jobs”.  ERP and Blockchain jobs at that time were in great demand. Individuals can look forward to salaries continuing to increase. The median salary for a Blockchain Developer is $127K with experienced individuals commanding upwards of $172K when they move to new organizations.

Hot Job Median Salaries

ERP and Blockchain IT pros continue to be in high demand

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With our current projections on IT job market growth, we believe salaries for IT professionals will continue to increase.  By 2020 we believe media salarier for IT pros will be close to $100,000 when performance bonuses are included.

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Telecommunications Jobs Eliminated

Telecommunications Jobs Eliminated  as Automation Takes Hold

Telecommunications jobs eliminated as many traditional functions are automated as auto attendants (Voice Mail) are now standard.  Also, with increased dependence on WiFi, VoIP and telecommuting employees there is a decreasing requirement for companies to have their own dedicated  Telecommunication Departments.  Now the primary role of telecom pros  is compliance and coordination with the large suppliers of services and products as in-house telephone switches are no longer required by many.

Telecommunications Jobs Eliminated

Telecommunications jobs eliminated as Wi-Fi and VoIP take over. Independent IT Departments within most companies are now becoming the exception versus the rule.

In the 1980’s and 1990’s almost every company had its own payroll system with a support staff.  As time progressed, standard software packages and payroll services took over.  The number of IT professionals in IT Departments who specialized on payroll was significantly reduced or eliminated.  The functional support moved to the operational side of the business.  Most often those functions were regulated to the Human Resources Department

50% of Telecommunications Jobs Eliminated

In the 19 years since 2000, the number of telecommunication jobs has fallen from 1.4 million to just over 700,000.  In addition, that trend is continuing. Automation is taking hold and IT Professionals dedicated to telecommunications  are going the way of the switch board operators and office receptionists.

The driving force is automation of routine functions to eliminate the need for expensive staff. We only see that trend continuing.  We forecast that in 10 more years telecommunication staff at most organizations will be no existent.

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