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Big Data’s Growing Role in Technical Hiring

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Under pressure to recruit and retain top talent, large employers are increasingly turning to predictive analytics as a key element in their hiring and retention practices. For now, the focus is on using personality tests to identify promising front-line employees, such as call center or sales people. But the use of Big Data—and the pressure on HR departments to harness it in measurable ways—is growing. Does that mean software engineers and other technology pros will face personality testing on the… continue…

Do Mobile App Developers Need a Lawyer?

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Activity trackers, “smartwatches,” wearable electronics, and smartphones all come with more than the ability to record your daily steps taken or calories burned; the devices’ ability to record the nuances of daily activity—thanks in large part to a growing collection of third-party apps—has subjected them to quite a bit of privacy-related scrutiny. In a recent study, the Federal Trade Commission found 12 mobile health and fitness apps sending users’ personal information to 76 different third parties. Another study of the… continue…

What Developers Need to Know About REST APIs

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By R. Paul Singh There are various reasons to adopt REST as the underlying layer and build RESTful APIs for data access. REST is enjoying widespread and rapid adoption for SOA database connectivity, including business-to-business, mobile access and systems integration. While connectivity is the obvious focus for building a RESTful API, it’s not enough. It’s critical to address factors like API usability, app server functions and performance. Click here to find REST-related jobs. This article dives into each of these… continue…

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…

4 Interview Questions for Data Miners

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Data miners gather project specifications, create robust predictive models, and offer business managers reliable, insightful data and problem-solving analysis. A data miner needs an in-depth understanding of database structures and algorithms, but it’s their “Columbo-like skills” that really sets them apart, according to Dean Abbott, co-founder and chief data scientist for Smarter Remarketer Inc., a marketing intelligence firm headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind. Click here to find data-mining jobs. “Average data miners run down a checklist to create a predictive model,”… 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…

Top Tech Degrees for 2015 (and Beyond)

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Technology degree programs of all types may enjoy booming enrollments these days, but which diplomas are the most useful for next year’s grads? While computer science is a perennial favorite (and always a good choice for students), other paths of inquiry are rapidly gaining in popularity among those who want lucrative and fulfilling careers once they graduate school. These five top tech degrees for 2015 (and beyond) are shaped by changes in the global economy, industry and technology. They may… continue…

More Workers Willing to Share Personal Data With Employers

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Another sign that the type of data profiling used by retailers and advertisers could soon become commonplace in the workplace: A significant number of employees aren’t really worried about it, according to a report by accounting and consulting firm PwC. The report—The future of work: A journey to 2022—says that nearly a third of people would be “happy” for their employer to have access to personal data such as social media profiles. The assumption seems to be that the information… continue…

Has Your Company Mastered Apps?

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Smartphones and tablets are now ubiquitous among companies, along with customized apps that monitor everything from customer service to shipping logistics. Despite that ubiquity, a new report from the Apigee Institute (PDF) insists that enterprise IT is broken, and that the majority of your average C-suite is unable to keep up with the technological changes sweeping pretty much every industry. At the heart of that brokenness, the report adds, is the inability of current data-storage practices and systems to keep… continue…