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NEWS -- The 2015 IT Salary Survey is now available. Study shows that IT salaries have fallen. Companies that participate get a free copy of the next survey when it is released.

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Many companies lack basic security protocols, such as two-factor authentication

Companies are increasingly reliant on third-parties to notify them that their security has been compromised.

Companies are continuing to find cyber attackers sooner. In the latest annual cyber-threat report the average time a company takes to detect a data breach fell to 205 days in 2014, down from an estimated 229 in 2013 and 243 in 2012.

But as cyberattacks increase in complexity and sophistication, companies don’t always have the in-house resources to detect them. As a result, only 31% of organizations discovered they were breached through their own resources last year, compared with 33% in 2013 and 37% in 2012.

Business and professional services and retail operations saw the most online intrusions from malicious hackers in 2014. A common thread in these breaches is a lack of basic security protocols, such as two-factor authentication. Without two-factor authentication safeguards, a single stolen credential - obtained through phishing campaigns or social engineering — can leave an entire network vulnerable.

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    Outsourcing TemplateDisasater Recovery and the Cloud best and worst practices are defined in the articles listed below
    1. Outsourcing top 10 reasons why it fails  Top 10 reasons why outsourcing fail 10 reasons why outsourcing arrangements fails No clearly defined long-term strategic organizational objective is defined – the outsourcing arrangement...
    2. Top 10 Reasons Cloud Solutions are Expanding  Top 10 Reasons Cloud Computing is Exploding As CIOs and businesses move organizations towards cloud solutions and processing there are many benefits.  The top 10...
    3. Disaster Plans now include cloud  More CIOs opt for Disaster Plans that include the cloud Once a CIO includes a cloud provider in their disaster plans the flood gates are...
    4. Many CIOs have not addressed cloud security issues  Less than 50% of all organizations have policies in place that for vetting cloud computing applications for possible security risks before deploying them. The number...
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    IT salaries are moving up across the board according to Janco

    2015 IT Salary Survey shows that salaries for IT Pros are moving up as 112,000 jobs were added in 2014

    The 2015 Salary Survey, just released by Janco Associates and eJobDescription.com, is good news for IT Professionals.  The survey shows that hiring and salaries have improved for IT positions in most North American metropolitan areas.

    The CEO of Janco Associates, Mr. Victor Janulaitis said, “For the first time in over 6 years salaries for IT Pros have moved up almost across the board.  We believe that this is due to the fact that over 112,000 new IT jobs were created in the last 12 months and that the economy seems to be in a recovery mode.”

    The findings presented in Janco’s 2015 IT Salary Survey include:

      • In 2014 the IT job market grew by 112,800 versus 74,900 and 62,500 in 2013 and 2012 respectively according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
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      • IT compensation for all IT Professionals has increased by 2.81% in the last 12 months. 
        • Between January 2014 and January 2015 the total mean compensation for all IT Professionals has increased from $79,352 to $81,583.  This puts overall compensation back at the levels they were at in January 2008 and 2007.
        • In mid-sized enterprises, the mean total compensation for all positions has increased by 3.23% from $76,198 to $78,656.   
        • In large enterprises, the median compensation has risen from $83,197 to $84,550.

      • CIOs compensation has moved up (2.28%) in larger companies and slightly less (2.15%) in smaller and mid-sized companies in the past 12 months.  The mean compensation for CIOs in large enterprises is now $185,359 and $175,205 in mid-sized enterprises.
        • Media CIO tenure has increased from 4 years and 3 months to 4 years and 4 months.  In companies of all sizes fewer CIOs have changed jobs in the last 12 months than in prior years.
      • Positions in highest demand are all associated with the quality control, BYOD implementation, capacity planning and service level improvement.
      • Over the long term IT executives have fared better in mid-sized companies than large companies.
        • In mid-sized companies IT executive salaries have recovered all of the losses sustained in the recession and in some cases exceeded prior highs.
        • In large companies IT executive salaries are where they were in 2008.
      • Cost control is still the rule of the day; however we have seen an increase in the number of "part-timers" and contractors who are focused on particular critical projects. 
      • On shore outsourcing has peaked and companies are looking to bring IT operations back into their direct control and reduce operating costs.
        • A number of enterprises are moving help desks and data center operations in-house which has resulted in an increase demand for data center managers.
      • Mandated requirements for records management systems and electronic medical records have increased the demand for quality control staff and custodians (librarians) of mechanized records.
      • Companies are continuing to refine the benefits provided to full time IT professionals. Though benefits such as health care are available to 80%, IT professionals are now paying a greater portion of that cost.
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      IT Job Market Growth
    • IT compensation for all IT Professionals has increased by 2.81% in the last 12 months. 
      • Between January 2014 and January 2015 the total mean compensation for all IT Professionals has increased from $79,352 to $81,583.  This puts overall compensation back at the levels they were at in January 2008 and 2007.
      • In mid-sized enterprises, the mean total compensation for all positions has increased by 3.23% from $76,198 to $78,656.   
      • In large enterprises, the median compensation has risen from $83,197 to $84,550.

    • CIOs compensation has moved up (2.28%) in larger companies and slightly less (2.15%) in smaller and mid-sized companies in the past 12 months.  The mean compensation for CIOs in large enterprises is now $185,359 and $175,205 in mid-sized enterprises.
      • Media CIO tenure has increased from 4 years and 3 months to 4 years and 4 months.  In companies of all sizes fewer CIOs have changed jobs in the last 12 months than in prior years.
    • Positions in highest demand are all associated with the quality control, BYOD implementation, capacity planning and service level improvement.
    • Cost control is still the rule of the day; however we have seen an increase in the number of "part-timers" and contractors who are focused on particular critical projects. 
    • On shore outsourcing has peaked and companies are looking to bring IT operations back into their direct control and reduce operating costs.
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    Mobile computing explosion causes security risks to multiply

    Global mobile traffic grew 60 percent in 2013 alone and is projected to increase 11-fold by 2018. With limited IT budgets and resources, how will CIOs and IT Managers succeed in managing and securing thier network in the mobile workplace revolution?

    Mobility Policy Bundle (more info...) All of the policies below are included as individual MS Word files and a single PDF file. Electronic forms are all individual documents that are easily modifiable

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