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      Top 10 lists that IT Pros need to review

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      Reservation are at risk as airline booking systems are easily hacked

      Airline Booking Systems are Easily Hacked

      The airline booking systems used by millions are totally insecure and lack suffficient authentication methods. Thus attackers can easily modify other people's reservations, cancel their flights and even use the refunds to book tickets for themselves.

      The three airline booking systemsa are Sabre, Travelport and Amadeus. Together they store PNRs (Passanger Name Records) for millions of travelers at any given time. Any data added or modification made to a booking is stored in their systems and all that's required to access that information is typically a last name and a six-character booking code.

      There are multiple access points into these systems and this includes the websites operated by airlines and travel agencies, but also third-party websites like CheckMyTrip. As such there systems are easily hacked and insecure.

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      Best IT Infrastructure topic articles that are must reads


      IT Infrasructure - Best IT Infrastructure topic articles that are must reads

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      Is the US goverment hiring too many IT Pros?

      Is the US goverment hiring too many IT Pros?

      The current administration plans to hire 6,500 people with cybersecurity skills before the new admininstration is place. It had hired 3,000 by the first half of this year.

      Both HR and IT have a critical role in addressing the expectations that the Executive Management has of HR and the CIO. You need integrated processes with an application/infrastructure backbone to support them. While the CIO may have a systems focus with a lack of sympathy for HR needs, his/her demands actually will enable HR to gain better process focus.

      Security Management Job Description Bundle

      • Chief Security Officer (CSO)
      • Chief Compliance Officer (CCO)
      • VP Strategy - Architecture
      • Director e-Commerce
      • Database Administrator
      • Data Security Administrator
      • Manager Data Security
      • Manager Facilities and Equipment
      • Manager Network - Computing Services
      • Manager Network Services
      • Manager Training - Documentation
      • Manager Voice and Data Communication
      • Manager Wireless Systems
      • Network Security Analyst
      • System Administrator - Linux
      • System Administrator - Unix
      • System Administrator - Windows
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      Metrics for Key Performance Indicators (KPI)

      Metrics are the current Critical Success Factors (CSFs) and Key Performance Indicators (KPI)

      Metrics - KPI - CSFMetrics are fundamental for measuring performance. But which metrics are really driving companies forward?

      Metrics and Key performance indicators (KPIs) are a basic tool for a company’s management to measure performance. A number of years ago we called KPIs Critical Success Factors (CSFs). KPIs are more granular and focus management’s attention to a finite array of statistics that are indicative of a company’s performance They are believed to have explanatory power over the company’s desired success and profitability.

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      Wall Street Journal quotes

      CEO of Janco quoted in the Wall Street Journal

      The CEO of Janco Associates was quoted in the Wall Street Journal several times in the last few months.  The articles are listed below:

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      Younger workers are at more risk to taken in by scams

      Scams score more with younger workers according to study funded by Microsoft

      Younger individuals are most easily duped by technical support scams according to a recent survey.

      • Individuals between 25 and 34 were more than three times as likely to fall for the fake-out as those aged 55 to 64.
      • Individuals between 18 and 24 -- were little better than their slightly-older cohort; they were tricked by the scams more than two and a half times the rate of the group aged 66 and older.
      • Globally, about two-thirds of the respondents had encountered a technical support scam.
      • 20% -- allowed the scammer to continue his or her story -- and nearly one in 10 had actually given money to the fraudster

      The survey paid for by Microsoft, queried 1,000 adults ages 18 and up in each of several countries, including the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany and India.

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      Enterprise operations control strategic IT spending

      Enterprise operations control strategic IT spending

      IT Strategic spendingIn many enterprises new technology investment is funded out of line of business and when it's about to go live and become an operational cost, it switches over to an IT budget."

      The relationship between enterprise operations and the IT department when it came to priorities and strategic spending is less like 'us' versus 'them' and more like 'contentious siblings'.

      Fundamentally, the role of the CIO when deciding on IT spending is both to advise business leaders on viable technologies for realizing a project's goals, but to also explain how any new investments would fit with a firm's existing infrastructure.

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