Free Wi-Fi Aids New Orleans Recovery
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published May 3, 2006
New Orleans waits for a Thursday decision on the fate of the nation's first free wi-fi network owned by a U.S. municipality -- a network that helped the hurricane-ravaged city recover.
Users and IT Lax about Password Security
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published May 1, 2006
A new survey shows that all that user education still isn't doing the trick when it comes to creating and using strong passwords.
How IT Can be an Advocate for the Customer
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published April 20, 2006
Do customers love your company? Not a check-this-box-for-satisfied kind of thing. Do they really love you? The author of a new book says IT plays a key role in building those customer relationships.
Are H-1B Visas a Cog in the Offshoring Machine?
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published April 14, 2006
The author of a report says the H-1B visa program is not only being used to undercut the salaries of American computer programmers, it's also part of a larger effort to offshore U.S. high-tech jobs.
Who Would the H-1B Visa Cap Increase Help?
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published April 7, 2006
Industry reps say a push to nearly double the number of foreign workers allowed to come to the U.S. would spur innovation and job growth. Workers say it would only flood the market with cheap labor.
PalmPilot: 10 Years that Changed the Way We Work
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published April 6, 2006
The PalmPilot, and the age of the mobile worker that it helped to create, has turned 10 years old. It wasn't the first handheld but users say it was 'revolutionary'.
Apple Marks 30 Years of Innovation
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published March 31, 2006
On Saturday, April 1, Apple Computer will mark a nostalgic milestone -- the 30th anniversary of the company that has been a pioneer in the personal computer revolution and is still evolving today.
Former Employees Threaten Network Security
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published March 30, 2006
All those people who used to work for the company, accessing databases and critical financial and personnel files, pose a significant threat to the corporate network.
Take Control of Your Email... and Your Job
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published March 28, 2006
Forgetting to respond to emails? Letting important tasks slide? Overwhelmed by your inbox? The author of a new book says it's time to take control of your work day by managing your email.
Tide May be Turning for Smart Card Adoption
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published March 23, 2006
Falling prices combined with some major adoptions just may kick start widespread adoption of the smart card... finally. Is it the answer to physical and network security problems?
March Madness: a Corporate Network 'Perfect Storm'
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published March 20, 2006
Free streaming video of the NCAA basketball tournament could take a huge toll on corporate networks, clogging up bandwidth and slowing down email, services and productivity.
Feds Nearly Fail Cybersecurity... Again
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published March 17, 2006
While the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense both received failing grades for network security, the government as a whole only managed a D+ in its annual score card.
Avoiding the Seven Deadly Sins of Email
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published March 16, 2006
Ever write a funny email message about a colleague or something that's happening at work? Would it be as funny if it was being read aloud in a courtroom? Avoid missteps that could land you in trouble.
Securing Mobile Workers and their Gadgets
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published March 9, 2006
When it comes to securing mobile workers, human errors may be the biggest threat to the corporate network. How do you keep lost laptops and loud cell phone conversations from putting your data at risk?
Telecommuting Takes Flight at JetBlue
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published March 3, 2006
JetBlue Airlines is saving money and watching employee productivity take off as the company's telecommuting program continues to grow.
Reuters Takes Enterprise IM Award
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published March 2, 2006
Reuters Messaging 5.0, the winner in the Enterprise Instant Messaging category of the Datamation Product of the Year 2006 awards, was buoyed by its gateway to MSN and AOL IM services.
Firefox Grabs Enterprise Linux Title
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published February 27, 2006
Mozilla's Firefox 1.5 blew away the competition to take the top award in the Enterprise Linux category in the Datamation Product of the Year 2006 awards.
SpyWall Takes Top Security Honors
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published February 23, 2006
Edging out its closest competitor, Trlokom, Inc.'s SpyWall took top honors in the Enterprise Security category of Datamation's Product of the Year 2006 awards.
View From the Security Summit
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published February 15, 2006
Bill Gates and other tech leaders lay out their visions of a secure digital future to attendees of the annual RSA conference in San Jose.
Key Steps to a Successful Security Career
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published February 13, 2006
A consultant is laying out the elements of a successful career in information security at this week's RSA Conference. Are you on track for a long, prosperous journey or are you being short-sighted?
Rising Costs Threaten India's Hold on Offshore IT
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published February 8, 2006
Escalating labor costs in India are forcing companies like SAP to look elsewhere for low-cost IT workers. How will this affect the offshoring giant and the U.S. businesses doing work there?
How One Company Deals with Information Overload
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published February 2, 2006
A major midwest company used to have so much information coming off its firewalls and intrusion detection systems that IT couldn't possibly make sense of it. Here's how they fixed the problem...
Lack of Work/Life Balance Driving Employees Out
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published January 26, 2006
A new survey shows that one in five workers wants to quit their job this year to pursue a more balanced life. What are companies doing wrong and how can you retain good people?
How Could You be a Better Manager?
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published January 25, 2006
A management coach says most managers are completely untrained when it comes to.. well... managing. What are the biggest mistakes they make? What can they do to be better?
The Time Has Come for ITSM
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published January 19, 2006
With the tumult of the tech boom and bust behind us, analysts say IT managers now have the time and inclination to take stock of how they're running IT. It's time for ITSM.
The Hot Jobs for 2006
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published January 13, 2006
Industry observers are expecting a hot IT job market this year with companies clamoring to hire experienced tech professionals with several stand-out skill sets.
Workers in Driver's Seat in 2006 Job Market
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published January 13, 2006
Last year's growth in the IT job market is washing over into 2006, potentially making this the first ''workers' market'' in four or five years.
Salaries on the Rise for Security Pros
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published January 11, 2006
Salaries are heading up again for security professionals, but don't expect a bachelor's degree to help you out very much, according to a new study. And find out what makes security types angry and happy...
Compliance Threatened by Archiving Failures
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published January 11, 2006
A new study shows that many IT managers are not archiving data properly, which could mean they are failing to meet compliance regulations. And that could be costly to the business.
Users Scramble For 'Critical' Early Patch
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published January 6, 2006
Microsoft, bowing to customer pressure, issues patch for .WMF flaw ahead of next week's scheduled monthly release.
Virus Writers Change Tactics for 2006
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published January 4, 2006
Malware writers are no longer creating Blasters and Slammers. They're not trying to take down millions of systems, but keep them running so they can steal the information on them.
Hackers Exploiting Zero Day Windows Flaw
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published December 29, 2005
The Zero Day exploit of the Windows Metafile bug has racked up six variants as of Thursday afternoon and has left security analysts wondering what's coming next.
Grid Discovers Largest Known Prime Number
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published December 28, 2005
Using an international grid of about 70,000 computers, researchers this month discovered a 9.1 million-digit figure.
A New Breed of CIO is Moving In
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published December 16, 2005
In many departments there's a new sheriff in town... and they haven't worked their way up through the technology ranks. That's right... the suits are taking over.
After Strong November, December Job Outlook Down
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published December 9, 2005
November was a good month for the IT job market. December, however, may not be all about holiday cheer.
November a Record Breaker for Virus Attacks
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published December 8, 2005
November was a record-breaking month for malware attacks, with a Sober variant leading the charge.
Tech Skills Not Enough for a Job in 2010?
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published December 1, 2005
Gartner predicts the demand for IT specialists will shrink by 40 percent within four years. It's time to broaden your skills and your experience.
Former Porsche CEO: How to Rev up Workers
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published November 30, 2005
The man who turned Porsche around in the 1980s talks about how to make your employees passionate about their jobs. The people, he says, are the real driving force behind every success.
What to Expect in '06
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published November 22, 2005
Next year will bring increased debate over security and privacy issues, growing use of smartphones and a greater adoption of VoIP, according to the author of Happy About Knowing What to Expect in 2006.
IM Virus Mutations Up the Security Threat
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published November 16, 2005
With IM malware increasingly creating a sea of variants, and email worms mutating into IM threats, analysts say it's time to focus on securing instant messaging.
Trojan Exploits Sony's DRM Flaw
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published November 11, 2005
The release of a Trojan horse that exploits Sony's controversial copy 'cloaking' tool is raising fears among users and music lovers around the globe.
IT Job Market Continues to Grow
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published November 10, 2005
The demand for IT workers is growing, and salaries are inching up along with job demand, according to new analysis.
CounterStorm Takes on Zero-Day Attacks
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published November 8, 2005
A new security appliance is aimed at detecting and stopping zero-day attacks.
Insider Threats Giving IT Execs Nightmares
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published November 4, 2005
The potential for insider threats to the corporate network is keeping IT execs awake at night. Actually, 25 percent say they're literally losing sleep over it.
Programmers' Pay Way Up, but Confidence Down
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published November 2, 2005
While IT worker confidence fell last month, programmers had reason to celebrate -- their pay jumped 17.6 percent since October of 2004.
Barrage of Viruses Hits in October
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published November 1, 2005
A record number of malware hit the Internet last month, but none were killer viruses.
Gartner Analyst: Stop Outsourcing Now
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published October 27, 2005
Gartner's chief of research for outsourcing says companies have become compulsive about outsourcing ... and it's creating chaos and hurting business.
SMBs Getting Hammered by New Threats
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published October 26, 2005
A new study shows small to medium businesses lack the expertise to battle phishing and spyware.
Gambling, Porn in Workplace Breed Spyware
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published October 21, 2005
Some security experts say 50 percent of spyware on corporate networks is caused by workers visiting pornographic and gambling sites while on the job. What should you do?
Grant Thornton Tracks Thieves, Secures Laptops
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published October 14, 2005
Grant Thornton is using a sort of LoJack for laptops, enabling them to track stolen laptops and better manage their assets.
IT Hiring: App Dev Looking Up, but Security Flat
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published October 12, 2005
Hiring in the IT market continues to pick up, with an increased demand for application developers, while security goes flat.
Mobile Workers Cut Gaping Hole in Security
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published October 11, 2005
As a growing army of mobile workers hit the road with their trusty laptops, few of them are properly secured. And that could mean big trouble for the corporate network... and critical corporate data.
IT Jobs 'Stable' Despite Merger-Related Layoffs
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published October 6, 2005
Despite layoffs caused by corporate mergers, the technology job space remained relatively stable for September. But layoffs for the year are still up compared to 2004.
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Email Blunders
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published October 4, 2005
Email can be a powerful tool, or it can be the source of an embarassing faux pas... one that could land you, and your job, in hot water. For IT pros, who need to connect with business, there are a few pointers to keep in mind.
Align with Business... or be Outsourced?
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published September 30, 2005
Some say one way to secure your IT job is to make sure you're working hand-in-hand with business. Anything less could cost you your job.
Running IT Like a Business
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published September 28, 2005
To run a strong, agile IT shop, it's no longer enough to be on top of the technology. Start thinking about processes, training and relationships.
The Covenant: IT Builds Relationships with Business
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published September 26, 2005
Since the quality of a company's service is tied to its internal relationships, IT needs to get busy making friends on the business side of the aisle.
Firefox Buggier than IE: Which is Safer?
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published September 22, 2005
In the first six months of this year, Firefox had nearly twice as many reported vulnerabilities than Internet Explorer? Is one safer than the other?
New Wave of Bagle Worms Pounds Internet
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published September 21, 2005
The author of the variants is building a zombie army to sell to spammers or phishers, according to security analysts.
At BofA, IT Becomes a Business Partner
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published September 20, 2005
Bank of America needed to inventory all 246,000 desktops and laptops and 30,000 servers. It was a daunting job -- one that many thought couldn't be done. How did they do it? ITSM.
Building a Team Through ITSM
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published September 19, 2005
Giving the opening keynote at the Fifth Annual itSMF conference, John Heller, CIO of Caterpillar, says ITSM is all about building a team focused on serving the customer.
Will Oracle's Buyout Binge Alienate Customers?
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published September 13, 2005
Some analysts say there is such a thing as getting too big too fast. And some customers may pay the price if Oracle doesn't integrate all these systems well, and quickly, and if they don't come up with a clear roadmap -- soon.
Cabbies Put the Brakes on USB Security Risk
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published August 26, 2005
At least one company isn't going to let viruses in or corporate information out through one seemingly harmless little avenue -- the USB port.
Bots 'Dangerous' to Corporate Networks
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published August 24, 2005
You may be surprised to find out how many companies have bots on their machines... and what kind of risk that poses. They could be stealing information off your network or may even shut down your whole system.
Global Spam and Porn Volume Jump in July
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published August 18, 2005
In a month when the volume of spam circulating around the world jumped by 20 percent, pornographic spam also made a comeback after a year-long slowdown.
When it Comes to IM, First Think Security
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published August 11, 2005
As more and more IT managers adopt enterprise-level IM software, industry watchers warn that their first thoughts should be about security.
Phishing Attacks Escalating
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published August 3, 2005
A study shows that phishing attacks reached a new height last month -- and analysts think it's just the beginning.
Demise of Programming Greatly Exaggerated
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published July 29, 2005
For the past year or so, there has been a lot of talk about programmers being a dying breed. Offshoring was killing it off here in the U.S., analysts said. But the numbers beg to differ. Programming today is one of the hottest jobs out there.
Dual Roles: The Changing Face of IT
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published July 26, 2005
To move up the corporate ladder -- and maybe to stay employed at all -- IT workers will have to master business skills. But that doesn't mean they can lose track of the latest technology. Get ready for a job that's harder than ever.
Getting Workers 'Fired Up' about Their Jobs
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published July 19, 2005
The author of 'Light Their Fire' talks to Datamation about what it takes to build a dynamic team in the IT department.
Careers in Crisis: Left Behind by the IT Recovery
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published July 15, 2005
While analysts talk about improved hiring trends and drops in layoffs, not everyone is feeling the glow of the IT recovery. For many, finding an IT job is still a draining ordeal.
More Howard Schmidt on Training, Risks & Outsourcing
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published July 8, 2005
In the second piece of a two-part Q&A, the former White House Security Advisor talks with Datamation about what security professionals need to do their jobs better, how outsourcing is affecting security, and how to deal with social engineering.
Howard Schmidt on CSOs, Risks and Responsibilities
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published July 7, 2005
In the first of a two-part Q&A, the former White House security advisor turned corporate consultant says IT has a bigger and more complicated job to deal with than ever before. But he also says they're more prepared and better equipped to handle it.
Security Execs: Under Pressure and Under Prepared
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published June 28, 2005
A survey of corporate security executives say they're not prepared to prevent inadvertent loss of data or social engineering attacks. And most say their job is more difficult than it was last year.
Malware Named Top Threat, but Other Issues Over-Hyped
By Sharon Gaudin | Article Published June 27, 2005
While analysts agree with IT administrators that viruses and worms are the bigges threat to corporate networks, a new Gartner report names the Top Five most over-hyped security issues.