Though manufacturers think they’re doing a better job safeguarding data, cybersecurity breaches are increasing. So says a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) study, which finds that “while organizations have made significant security improvements, they have not kept pace with today’s determined adversaries.” Read more
In his latest Expert’s Corner, Michael Keating outlines the steps manufacturers can take to ensure that essential data is quickly recovered after a disaster. This is Keating’s first in a series on disaster planning and recovery. Future installments will include preserving the supply chain and social media tools. Read more
While data, particularly financial data, are the most common prey for hackers, there’s a growing concern about a more vulnerable target. Hackers are increasingly taking aim at industrial control systems (ICS), which are technologies and networks used to operate manufacturing, power generation or other machinery — together with the supervisory control and data acquisition systems (SCADA) and networks that oversee ICS. Read more
America’s technology skills gap has been widening for decades, and author Gary Beach wants business and technology executives to understand why, and what to do about the consequences the country is facing now. His more than 30 years of experience in information technology, and his role as publisher emeritus at CIO Magazine, led him to write his recently published book, a project which stems back to 2007, when he was inspired by colleagues at a workforce development conference. Guided by research from industry, academia and government, and insightful conversations with CIOs across the country, Beach lays out recommendations for action to get the country’s technology skills back on track.
The June IT Employee Confidence Index indicates that confidence among U.S. tech workers declined in the first quarter of 2013, as workers expressed less confidence in their job security and employability. Nearly half (46 percent) of IT workers indicated that they are likely to look for a new job in the next 12 months.
The accepted rhetoric has been that American schools aren’t producing enough science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) graduates to fill the jobs in the burgeoning IT sector. Thus, employers are forced to bring in overseas workers in order with the skills they need. But new data is telling a different story. Read more
Cloud-based computing (or software-as-a-service, SaaS) solutions have continued to grow in functionality, robustness, and reliability. As a result, these innovative systems have become more attractive to manufacturers and industrial firms, even for critical applications like enterprise resource planning (ERP). Read more