Sexiest Career of the 21st Century = Big Data Scientist?

Welcome to the Wednesday edition of the IP news roundup, where you will find the latest headlines in big data, network security, disaster recovery and cloud:

  • Here’s another sign that nerds are poised to take over the world … according to the Harvard Business Review, the sexiest career of the 21st century is going to be not race car driver or supermodel but data scientist. That’s because data scientists who can analyze vast amounts of big data are in high demand and short supply. According to a GovWin blog post, data scientists “are part scientist, part researcher, and part computer programmer.” The post also quoted a McKinsey Global Institute study, which said that the U.S. alone could face a shortage of up to 190,000 data scientists by 2018.
  • A study conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by Alteryx revealed that 77% of executives want their employees to use big data to make more inform their decisions. Accordingly, 53% of the global survey respondents are planning to increase their investment in big data and make it available to more of their employees. According to the Big Data and the Democratisation of Decisions survey, respondents feel that empowering their employees to use big data can help them grow their businesses, retain customers and make better decisions faster.
  • The more complex your network, the greater your likelihood of a breach or system outage. A survey by AlgoSec revealed that complex network security policies, such as those found in multi-vendor environments, are directly related to system outages and security breaches. Due to complex policies, 27.8% of the survey respondents had experienced a system outage, 14.3% had experienced a security breach, and 9.8% percent had experienced both a system outage and a security breach. For more results, please download The Dangers of Complexity in Network Security survey.
  • A hacker reveals how to protect your network from disasters. An article on featured an interview with Vinny Troia, certified ethical hacker. According to Troia, many business owners believe that a disaster won’t happen to them. The article recommends keeping your staff, customer and vendor contact list secure and up to date so you can immediately reach all of your contacts in the event of a disaster. The article also suggests performing on-site and off-site backups. For more tips, please see How a Disaster Recovery Plan Can Save Your Business.
  • And finally, CloudTweaks published a blog post that offers 10 ways to keep your data safe in the cloud. Although the content in this article may be common knowledge for many IT professionals, some of the tips can serve as helpful reminders for your co-workers. The post suggests ensuring that all of your passwords are different, so if one cloud service is compromised, your other services will still be safe. It also recommends creating tricky security questions. For example, don’t create a security question that asks “What is my hometown?” if the answer is prominently displayed on your Facebook profile.   

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