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October 1, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Skills gap drives up pay for cybersecurity pros in Washington area
    A shortage of qualified cybersecurity experts is increasing compensation across the sector, as private and public entities compete for a finite pool of talent, observers say. According to a survey conducted for the Human Resource Association of the National Capital Area, in the Washington area -- where the federal government has enforced a pay freeze since 2011 -- pay for workers with experience securing networks against attack has increased more than 10%, compared with an average of 2.1% for workers in general. The Washington Post (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
 
  • Oracle to debut new cloud-computing services
    Oracle will launch infrastructure-as-a-service cloud-computing offerings, including a public cloud that will compete with Amazon, CEO Larry Ellison announced Sunday. The company will also offer a private cloud that customers will use within their own data centers, running on the same hardware and software as Oracle's public cloud offerings. Business Insider (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Security Update 
  • White House downplays attempted network breach
    The White House has confirmed press reports that it was the target of an attempted cyber-attack, calling the incident involving an unclassified computer system in the White House Military Office "isolated" and saying no data was stolen. A White House official said the attempted breach, which relied on a technique known as "spear phishing," did not target any sensitive information. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • To increase tech talent ranks, Microsoft goes to the source
    Microsoft is seeking to increase the number of qualified computer specialists in the workforce through a program that places engineers in high schools to get kids pumped up about a potential career in the IT field. Under the program -- which began in 2009 with a single Microsoft engineer and now includes 110 participants in multiple states, including 19 from other companies -- IT specialists are asked to commit to a year of teaching computer science, with some receiving a modest stipend for their efforts. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing IT 
  • Budget hurdles, skills shortage continue to stymie Big Data efforts
    Big Data is one of the hottest trends in the tech sector, but most companies still lack the money, time and talent to fully take advantage of Big Data advancements, research shows. A poll of 369 companies found that almost two-thirds of respondents say they have developed or expect to develop a Big Data strategy, but many, such as NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, find a dearth of available talent and/or limited budgets standing in their way. CIO.com (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
  • Take advantage of serendipity to get ahead
    Success in professional life often includes a random element -- but that doesn't mean your career isn't in your hands, writes Kare Anderson. The secret is being open to serendipitous moments that can send you into new, more profitable directions. Branching out into new areas can make these moments of discovery more likely, she notes. Forbes (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Geeking Out 
  • Engineers inaugurate new era of "transient electronics"
    A group of researchers is experimenting with fully dissolvable circuitry, which can be designed to operate for a specified amount of time and disappear when no longer needed. The electronics -- which, among other things, could be used to deliver drugs in the human body -- are made out of silkworm cocoons, porous silicon and magnesium, materials that can all dissolve in water. Popular Science (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
People can't get jobs, and we have jobs that can't be filled."
--Brad Smith, general counsel at Microsoft, as quoted by The New York Times
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