Top 10 best practices address Cloud Security Vulnerabilities
Top 10 best practices for cloud Security – The cloud is great technology that helps organizations to improved productivity, reduce costs, and simplify the user’s life. However it does raise significant security risks. Here are 10 best practices that if followed minimize those risks.
Utilize a SDM (System Development Methodology) to design, test and implement changes in the both the source and object level code.
Implement a disaster recovery and business continuity plan that includes a focus on security of the data and application assets that are cloud based.
Implement metrics and cloud application monitoring which can help to detect potential security violations and breaches in the cloud based data and applications
Utilize a secure access and change management system to manage revisions to the cloud application.
Utilize a patch management approach to install revisions to the cloud data and application.
Implement a log management system to have an accurate audit trail of what occurs on the cloud.
Right time to hire IT Pros – Almost 100K new jobs to be created this year
Before the labor market gets tighter now is the right time to hire IT Pros
The right time to hire IT Pros is now before the labor maket gets tighter. In the first five (5) months of 2019, 34,600 new IT jobs were created. Almost 70,000 more new jobs will be added in the remaing months of this yera. This is the perfect time for development projects. Labor rates have never been lower. From building —
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Integrations, Customizations and more.
CEO and CIO say focus is on the customer experience – right time to hire IT Pros
CXO drives customer experience. Right staff is critical
A great customer experience is all about catering to the customers’ expectations. Customers can be consumers or staff. Customers want choices, and instant results. Customer experience or CX cloud applications provide customers with seamless, personalized and immediate experiences. With recent trends showing that social media greatly influences customers into making decisions, CX cloud allows an enterprise to engage with customer at every level throughout their life-cycle.
This has created a demand for the CXO – Chief Experience Officer. The CXO needs to drive the hiring effort.
One of the best ways to avoid this problems for IT Prfessional new hires is to implement Janco’s IT Hiring Kit. Rather they are an individual contributor
10 reasons why new hires fail have been identified in a recent study by Janco Associates, Inc. They are as follow:
The Job descriptions used in the recruiting process are not accurate and/or are out of date
The new hire is not a team player
The skills and experiences presented by the new hire are inflated.
The new hire causes friction with the organization
The skill the the new hire has are not a fit to the enterprises requirements
The new hire is not motivated to meet the needs of the organization.
The new hire is looking towards expanding their own resume not to meet the requirement of the position.
The new hire has to have things their own way and are not very adaptive.
The new hire is careless and not very attentive
The new hire is a prima donna
In the recruiting and hiring process, steps need to be taken to see that none of the items above are part of the new hire’s characteristics
Solution to minimize hiring mistakes for 10 reasons why new hires fail
IT Pro’s Hiring Kit – Includes latest IT Salary Data, Interview and Hiring Guide, and 300 Job Descriptions – In today’s economy, nearly every organization faces pressure to have the right talent in place, run at peak efficiency and “do more with less”. With the economy improvement and lowest unemployment numbers in several years, HR departments are pressured to get qualified professionals on board now.
Backup Policy includes everthing that is need to be in full compliance with all mandated security requirement.
Backup Policy Updated as well as the CIO IT Infrastructure Policy Bundle. The policy has just been updated to take into account everything from GDPR to cloud storage and security implications.
The Backup Policy addresses the issues that you struggle with including:
How safe are your information assets in transit and at reset?
What protections are in place to prevent hacker access?
Does your backup and retention process meet all of your compliance requirements?
Who can gain access to your data?
What KPI metrics do you have in place?
Will the use of the data ensure successful recovery?
Managing backup and recovery in today’s environment is a multi-dimensional challenge with both near and long term business requirements. Recent technological developments in disk backup have had a positive impact on short term data retention requirements (see also BYOD policy). But these improvements do not replace the need to execute and deliver on a long term data retention strategy which includes:
Business and Regulatory Requirements Demand a Long-term Plan
Manage and Contain Your Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
Encrypt Your Data for Secure Long-term Retention
Weigh the Environmental Impacts and Minimize Power and Cooling Costs
Simplify Management of the Entire Solution
Best of Breed solution
A “Best of Breed” backup policy and strategy considers how to:
Back up critical application data – across mixed operating systems and storage configurations
Restore desktops and mobile users quickly
Restore systems to dissimilar hardware or virtual systems
Back up data and system information to off site locations, so that you can quickly recover your business even from a total loss of your facility
Leverage new cloud based backup offerings to properly secure, back up,and archive critical data.
Top 10 Interview Questions – As recruting for strong IT professionals, what are the questions that need to be asked. In Janco’s Interview and Hiring Guide there a many tips and best practices that should be followed. Incuded are a number of top 10 lists of things to do. The Top 10 Interview Questions are:
What is your greatest strength?
What is your greatest weakness?
How do you handle stress and pressure?
Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it.
How do you evaluate success?
Why are you leaving or have left your job?
Why do you want this job?
Why should we hire you?
What are your goals for the future?
What makes you the best fit for our organization?
Other Interviewing tools
Each of these questions opens up the interview process and provides the interviewer an insight in to the candidate they are intervewing.
ncluded in the Guide are specific questions to ask in several areas including:
Position the candidate is interviewing for
Education and training
If this is a remote worker
Decision-making and creativity
Management and leadership
Non-work activities and interests
Questions that should be avoided
To make the recruiting and interviewing process meet the criteria set by world-class organizations, included are:
Questions the interviewer should be prepared to answer
Chief Experience Officer (CXO) Job Description. The Chief Experience Officer (CXO) drives the enterprise’s growth in the user experience arena. They oversee operations in all user experience sectors like marketing, image setting, mobile applications, social media, related technologies, and virtual goods, as well as web-based management and marketing.
The CXO is not only a user experience expert but also a seasoned marketing, brand, and product manager. As the role is transformational, the CXOs is responsible for the adoption of consistent user interfaces across the entire business. As with most senior executive titles, the responsibilities are set by the organization’s board of directors or other authority, depending on the organization’s legal structure.
The C-Level job description bundle contains the top eight (8) IT job descriptions. Each is between 5 to 8 pages long and is at the level of detail that KPI performance metrics can be defined and related directly to both employment contracts and compensation/bonus levels.
Chief Information Officer(CIO)
Chief Information Officer (CIO) – Small Enterprise
IT Job Market 2019 – in the first 4 months of the year the number of new IT jobs created exceeds 40K. That rate of growth is at a level that is beyond the number of individuals graduating from universities and trade schools.
IT Job Marker 2019 – April shows that 95,500 IT jobs heav been added in past 12 months. That is inspite of the loss of 29,600 job in Telecommunications
IT job market 2019 growth is at a pace that will be beyond anything that we have witnesses since the late 1960s.
A steady progression in the number of new IT job created has been consistent for the last two years. We do not see that changing for any time soon.
The areas where there has been the greatest inscrease in demand has been for those applictions that depend on remote users. For example, iOS and Andraoid applications which access big data are where there is a grea shortage of skilled IT Professionals. Add to that, the implications of cryptocurrency applications including blockchain and distributed ledger technology and you will find the disciplines that are the focus of new job creation.
In the course of analyzing data for our Mid Year IT Salary Survey, we found some interesting data on the Data Scientist position. First the individual who fill that role are on either coast . Few , if any, Data Scientist roles are in makets other than the technology centers. However, the median salaries for those postions is quite high.
Data Scientist median salary is around $210K. However the highest medias are San Francisco Bay area and Boston. Both of which is where there significant new product development.
Robotics and IoT specialists are in high demand and salaries are moving higher. Blockchain and DLP are also driving demand.
Robotics, Blockchain, and DLP processing are driving salaries
Any company that warehouses and/or ships componentsm manufactue dongles, perform testing, or fabricate materials has an opportunity to implement robotics. There are robots which can execute those tasks. In fact, it’s possible all of those operations could be served by the same robot.
The trend in industrial automation is task specific and can be customized and configured for an infinite number of deployment types. Companies which makes autonomous mobile robots for materials handling and picking & placing, can move materials in a warehouse just as easily as they can stock inventory in a logistics operation. When designing a lightweight pneumatic collaborative robot, manufactures have intentionally modeled it after a human arm, a nod to the range of tasks it was designed to perform.
The widest integration of collaborative robots has happened in industries like components handling. SMBs of all stripes are finding innovative ways to automate with collaborative robots.
The IoT – Robotics Specialist is tasked with being the primary focal point within the enterprise for the design, development, and implementation of service management process which conform with the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) within these technologies.
Low Unemployment is defined as being at 4% or less. There now are 35 states that have 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.
Positions related to Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Processing technology are all hot. Salaries are rising and demand fo seasoned professionals is hig.
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.
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.