Target CIO Resigns Following Holiday Data Breach
Chief Information Officer Beth Jacob resigned this week as a result of the massive data breach that happened during the 2013 holiday shopping season. As many as 70 million customers had personal information stolen including 40 million credit and debit card accounts. Jacob worked with Target from 1984 until 1986 and returned in 2002 as the Director of Guest Contact Centers. She took the CIO position in 2008 after she became a VP two years earlier. Target will be overhauling their information security and compliance practices, and will be looking outside the company to fill the CIO position temporarily. In addition to the Chief Information Officer position, Target will also be hiring an external Chief Compliance Officer.
It’s been said that data science is the ‘sexiest job of the 21st Century.’ If anything, this claim is an understatement.
Data science is the job to pursue right now. Why?
- Professional opportunities span multiple fields — from accounting to healthcare and high tech. No matter your passions or interest, there’s an opportunity to make a meaningful impact through data.
- Data scientists are high in demand — according to one estimate, job postings increased by 15,000% between 2011 and 2012.
- Between 2010 and 2020, the data scientist career path is projected to increase by 18.7 percent, beat only by video game designers. The big data industry is expected to be a 53.4 billion industry by 2016.
- There’s a global talent shortage, which means that data scientists are in high demand but short supply. As a result, average salaries are trending higher and higher — the average data science salary in the U.S., according to Glassdoor, is $117,500. Not surprisingly, those with PhDs and experience can earn salaries as high as $650,000, based on a Reuters peHUB article.
If you’re reading this post, you’re probably wondering how to make this key transition in your career — maybe you’re entering the field for the first time or looking to grow from analyst to scientist.
The fact is, you don’t necessarily need a PhD or advanced education (though these qualifications can help). You can hack your education and make the jump from number “cruncher” to “mastermind” by honing the following skills: [click to continue…]
New iOS Flaw Makes Devices Susceptible to Keylogging
According to researchers, there’s a new flaw in iOS that makes it possible for hackers to easily track every single touch, including messages sent via text, a user makes on his or her iPhone or iPad. The issue affects devices running iOS versions 7.0.4, 7.0.5, and 7.0.6, as well as those running on 6.1.x, whether they are jailbroken or not. Hackers can monitor activity via an app that bypasses Apple’s review process. The user data can be sent to a remote server, and reconstructed to reveal every character input. Apple has yet to say when a patch will be released.
Companies in Denial over the Lack of Mainframe Skills
A mainframe skills shortage in is looming, and few companies have determined how they’re going to handle the issue. According to a Compuware survey, the “impending at retirement of the main frame work for it continues to be a major cause of concern for CIOs,” but very few companies have created a plan to address the risk. When compared to the 2011 survey, the last time it was done, the situation has hardly changed. Many of the people with core mainframe skills are now approaching retirement age and it seems many companies are just waiting for someone to step in and solve the issue for them. Nearly 66% of CIOs fear that the retirement of mainframe workers will hurt their business simply by reducing their capacity to support legacy applications. Most core applications in areas like banking and finance and telecommunications still rely on mainframe systems.
Speedskating consists of both short track and long track competitions and is the most decorated winter sport in the U.S., with 85 Olympic medals. With the start of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, Team USA hopes to take that number to over 100! There are six 2014 U.S. Speedskating Olympians who are also participants in the Athlete Career Program. They have been paired with employers that have agreed to provide them a flexible schedule so they can work part-time jobs and continue to train on the ice.
Benefiting from the Athlete Career Program
Speedskater Heather Richardson (pictured) benefited from the program in her lead up to winning the gold medal at the 2013 World Championships. “I believe competing and balancing a job does contribute to my success. GE has really made my employment special by working around my schedule.” Now Heather has been chosen to represent Team USA in the Olympic Winter Games.
The ongoing relationships between athletes and employers have been a big win-win for everyone! Eric Gale, Manufacturing Leader at GE Healthcare Surgery says “it is important for athletes to gain career experience while they are training because someday their athletic career is going to end. Here at GE Healthcare Surgery it has been fantastic to have our Olympic hopefuls here working with us. They are a fantastic morale boost, create a great motivation among our employees, they are very, very determined and have a fantastic work ethic. We look forward to having them come to work everyday.
Now Modis provides the opportunity for your company to get involved with the Athlete Career Program and bring U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls in to your workplace! Visit our Athlete Career Program page to get started! Watch for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games through February 23 and the Paralympic Winter Games March 7-16. Go Team USA!
California May Require “Kill Switch” on All Smartphones
If the legislation introduced in California last week passes, it could require all smartphones and tablets sold in California to have a remote kill switch installed before sale, starting in 2015. The bill, introduced by state senator Mark Leno, is designed to help curb device theft, as well as the violence associated with those crimes. If passed, California would be the first state with such legislation, and would fine companies anywhere from $500 – $2,500 per device for selling them without the kill switch. The bill requires either a hardware or software solution that allows owners to remotely shut off the devices in the event of a theft, and though it requires manufacturers to provide this protection by default, allows individuals to opt-out. [click to continue…]