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Linux and Chef Among the Most In-Demand Cloud Computing Skills

Today’s IP news roundup highlights some of the latest headlines in IT jobs, big data, network security and more:

  • and recently revealed the top ten most in-demand cloud computing skills. Recruiters are currently looking for applicants with experience in Linux, Chef, shell scripting and SaaS programming. To learn about the other top cloud computing skills and get tips on how to make your online profiles more attractive to potential employers, see
  • New big data certification program promises to turn out qualified data scientists in 12 weeks. To meet the growing demand for qualified data scientists, the Zipfian Academy in San Francisco is offering a fast-track certification program. InformationWeek reported that the “12-week boot camp teaches the pragmatic skills needed to land a data science gig at a reputable business”. About 220 students applied for the 13 spots available in the first class, and companies such as LinkedIn and Facebook have expressed enthusiasm about the program. For more information on the fast-track data scientist program, see InformationWeek.
  • Symantec exposes “Hackers for Hire”. According to SC Magazine, researchers from Symantec “believe that a group of ‘hackers for hire’ based out of China are linked to numerous high-profile attacks on U.S. companies, including those against Google and security firm Bit9.” The group of professional hackers has been active since 2009 and has launched attacks against hundreds of global corporations, with only 52% being in the U.S. The group currently uses two backdoor trojans, Moudoor and Naid, to access corporate systems. For more information, see SC Magazine.
  • German magazine Der Spiegel recently reported that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has been monitoring global financial transactions. As reported by Computerworld, an NSA system called Tracfin collected “180 million records in 2011, of which some 84 percent of the data was … credit

    card transactions”. The NSA stated that it collects financial data related to terrorist groups. For more information on NSA financial surveillance, see Computerworld.

  • And finally … many higher education institutions are turning away from the cloud. R. David Crain, Assistant Provost & Chief Information Officer for Southern Illinois University, said, “I have seen a number of universities move services to the cloud only to reverse course and move them back to campus due to ‘blemishes’ in security, reliability, service, cost, integration issues or compliance concerns.” Crain cites costs, reliability, security and bandwidth as problem areas that are keeping higher education institutions away from the cloud. For more information, see Crain’s article in InformationWeek.

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