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IT Job Families Define Structure of IT Teams

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System Analst Job Class job descriptionsSystem Analyst Job Classes defined - Added to IT Professional Job Family

A modern IT structure includes team members who are representative of customers or the people engaging customers. For example, a consumer banking IT team should include a teller or bank manager, she contends, and a retail enterprise should enlist a store manager as part of an IT delivery team. Being a business leader means understanding the customer, and you can't do that if all you're doing is wearing an IT hat. You have to create a team that includes some unconventional players.

The first step is have a structure which provides a framework that is easy to implement. For example, one job family defined in the IT Job Family Classification and Pay Grade System, the IT System Technology Professional Family. With that in place the creation of pay grades to include the System Analyst Class is straight forward.

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IT Job Market will be impacted by proposed taxes

Growth of IT Job Market will be slowed by new taxes

A university study, estimates that the US job market will lose over 1 million jobs due to the proposed taxes.  We agree with their conclusion and estimate that the IT job market will shrink by between 50,000 to 75,000 jobs in 2022 and 2023.  At the same time, there is a potential for a downturn or recession as companies adapt to the new higher taxes.  However, in the next two quarters the IT job market will continue to grow.  Growth will be driven by the re-opening of businesses.  Once re-opening is completed, other long term factors will take hold.

IT job market growth slowed by pandemec and proposed new taxes

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China continues to be a security threat

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China a security threatAn employee is alleged to have stolen trade secrets from her two employers 9 (including Coca-Cola and availed these to a Chinese company that her co-conspirator managed. The theft was carried out in a straightforward manner: She uploaded information to Google Drive; for the more sensitive documents she used her smartphone's camera to take screenshots of the documents, avoiding detection from the security team.

This occured after the employee left Coca-Cola. The individual signed a statement that attested they did not retain trade secret information owned by Coca-Cola and in exchange received a check for $39,912 - which appears to have been the last paycheck from the company.

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Hiring is more difficult in today's IT Job Market

IT Hiring Kit IT Pro's Hiring Kit - Includes latest IT Salary Data, Interview and Hiring Guide, and 312 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.

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Password Managers provide false sense of security

Most password managers are insecure eventhough they are comprehensive, detailed, and customizable

Password ManagerThe most popular password managers for Windows 10 can actually leak your login credentials to the PC's memory. A hacker could potentially snatch up the sensitive data when the password manager turns on.

The research examined the security of four products including 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass, and LastPassFree at LastPass. The company was surprised to find that the products didn't always encrypt and then delete password data in the PC's background processes. Even the master password, which can be used to unlock all your stored passwords, can be exposed.

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CIO Job Description has just been updated

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CIO Job DescriptionThe Chief Information Officer (CIO) is accountable for directing the information and data integrity of the enterprise and its groups and for all Information Technology functions of the enterprise.  This includes all data centers, technical service centers, production scheduling functions, help desks, communication networks (voice and data), computer program development, mobile device interactions, and computer systems operations.  He or she is responsible for maintaining the integrity of all electronic and optical books and records of the enterprise. 

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Dismal Employment Numbers

Dismal Employment Number

According to Janco Associates, a management consulting firm, COVID-19 cost 102,300 IT pros their jobs in April alone.

IT Salary Survey"IT pros who do not have a job are finding it difficult to even find contract work," said the CEO of Janco.

"Many companies are directing IT functions to facilitate the support of non-IT professionals with new and enhanced internet driven applications for telecommuters" the CEO added. "The demand for contractor help in this effort was high initially, but now is nonexistent. All of this has put IT professionals the same state as the rest of the labor market."

Companies can look to that pool of workers to develop more security talent, as IT professionals have experience in both technical and security work.

But this available talent pool will shrink some too. Janco predicts IT hiring will resume by the end of the year, but has cut its forecast for overall IT job market growth to just over 40,000 for 2020.

Regardless of how you choose to staff teams, it is important to identify employees with institutional knowledge, communication skills and some ambition for career growth who can become security leaders with the right training and mentorship.

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Windows 10 Bug impacts Mobile Users

Covid-19 and Windows bug impact mobile users

Mobility Polcy BundleIn response to Covid-19 many companies have employees work from home.  Most of these workers are running on Windows 10 based PCs.  They are accessing company resources remotely via a virtual private network (VPN) connection. In addition these workers are relying on Microsoft's productivity applications, such as Office 365, Microsoft Teams, Internet Explorer, and Outlook to get work done.  

However with a recent Microsoft OS update, a bug appeared that is preventing these core productivity apps from connecting to the internet.  

Microsoft says Windows 10 users "might be able to mitigate the issue by restarting your device", but that's still going to be a drain on productivity and a source of frustration.

Microsoft considers the bug a severe issue, the company is planning to release an out-of-band fix in "early April". The update will only be made available on the Microsoft Update Catalog. 

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