Myra Thomas

Myra Thomas is an award-winning business reporter. She started her career in finance, eventually becoming AVP for a Lloyd’s of London intermediary. She applies her extensive business knowledge to the world of reporting. Her stories run the gamut of topics, including tech, banking, healthcare, personal finance, and small business. She has a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Myra lives in Fanwood, New Jersey with her husband, two daughters, and two fierce Cairn Terriers.

Is an Ethical Hacking Certification Worth Earning?

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It seems like every other month that a major corporation suffers an epic hack, with millions of customers’ data stolen. In the aftermath of those attacks, many companies are turning to ethical or “white hat” hackers to test their defenses. But is ethical hacking an effective counter to unethical hacking, especially when those who practice the latter can do pretty much whatever they want with a wide variety of tools? Ethical hacking’s cause isn’t helped by the fact that the… continue…

Is Cyber-Liability Insurance Worth the Cost?

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A growing number of companies ask vendors to buy cyber-liability insurance—and for a tech startup or an independent IT consultant, that cost can put a real dent in the bottom line. Cyber-liability insurance might include coverage for losses related to denial-of-service attacks, threats to intellectual property, business interruption, cyber extortion, and a variety of security breaches. An advisor such as an attorney or insurance agent can help firms properly assess the type and amount of cyber-liability insurance they might need,… continue…

Five Traits of Successful Startup Leaders

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It’s exciting to work on something that might become the Next Big Thing—but tech skills and a novel idea aren’t enough to make a startup a success. Roughly 90 percent of startups fail, according to some estimates. That places an enormous amount of pressure on startup founders. Not only do they need to be creative, optimistic, self-confident, and unafraid of failure—they also need considerable business smarts to carve out a financial plan and woo investors. But even that’s not quite… continue…

How to Snag That CTO Job

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Chief technology officers (CTOs) need a mix of technical and strategic skills to perform effectively in the C-suite. But more than anything else, CTOs must be motivational leaders with the communication skills to rally the troops—IT employees and non-tech staff alike—around their vision. CTOs combine technical chops with managerial savvy, all in the name of aligning the technical needs of the organization with business and financial goals. “A CTO has to define the technology and technical strategy of the company and… continue…

Does Your Recruiter Have the Skills to Get You the Right Job?

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A recruiter who uncovers the right opportunities can quickly become a job hunter’s best friend. But not all recruiters boast an insider’s knowledge of the tech industry, much less the deep technical understanding necessary to properly vet opportunities as they arise. In light of that, when you meet with a recruiter, it’s worth asking some questions that go beyond job requirements and salary. Here’s a few you might consider. How long have you been a recruiter? Can you tell me… continue…

Penetration Testing Is a White-Hot Industry

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In the wake of high-profile IT breaches at Target and other major corporations, penetration-testing firms are more popular than ever. Companies and government agencies have woken up to the fact that a cyberattack on their data is all but inevitable, and they need employees and contractors capable of discovering vulnerabilities before hackers do. In other words, it’s a potentially lucrative time to explore penetration testing as a career. You could work for the security offshoot of a well-established firm such… continue…

3 Interview Questions for Scrum Masters

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The Scrum master’s job is to put a framework on the software development process. If you’re implementing Scrum, you’ll need organizational and management skills, since you’ll work with the product owner on the product’s requirements and development. You’ll also work with the development team to make sure it’s adhering to Scrum practices. Being a Scrum master takes serious people skills, says Jonathan Silva, customer success manager at Axosoft, a Scottsdale, Ariz., software company. “The entire time, you have to foster… continue…

4 Interview Qs for Network Penetration Testers

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Network penetration testers hack into an organization’s systems to uncover security vulnerabilities. Not surprisingly, they need a strong sense of curiosity, says Charles Tendell, founder and CEO of Denver-based Azorian Cyber Security, a professional penetration testing company. In the wake of high profile breaches at the likes of Target and IBM, demand for penetration testers is up, Tendell says. Large companies are adding resources in-house, even as smaller specialty firms crop up. If you’re looking to interview with one, expect a… continue…

Employer Peeves: Embellishing, Negativity and Being Cocky

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Dissing a previous employer, embellishing your resume and acting cocky. These should seem like obvious “don’ts,” but tech employers still run into them. That’s too bad: They can quickly bring a promising conversation to a screeching halt. Of course, all of these can result from the frustration that goes along with trying to find the right job. But, even if your search is stretching itself out or you’re desperate to get out of an existing job, resist the temptation to… continue…

Secrets to Landing a Tech Job at Bank of America

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Bank of America’s Global Technology and Operations group is comprised of some 110,000 employees and contractors, a significant chunk of a company whose total headcount is 233,000. “If you carved out this division from Bank of America, it would be one of the largest technology organizations in the world,” says Whitney Westbrook, senior vice president and the group’s campus talent manager. Across 34 countries, Global Technology and Operations provides the platforms and services for BofA’s consumer banking, wealth management, commercial… continue…