Profile of Dawn KawamotoAssociate Editor, Dark Reading
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Dawn Kawamoto is an Associate Editor for Dark Reading, where she covers cybersecurity news and trends. She is an award-winning journalist who has written and edited technology, management, leadership, career, finance, and innovation stories for such publications as CNET's News.com, TheStreet.com, AOL's DailyFinance, and The Motley Fool. More recently, she served as associate editor for technology careers site Dice.com.
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Recruiting and hiring new IT employees is expensive and time consuming. Once you've gone through all that effort and cost, do you really want to see your top talent walk out the door? If not, you'll want to review the tactics CIOs use most often to attract and retain talent.
In the ever-evolving world of IT, do you have what it takes to stay relevant, or are you headed toward extinction? Here's a look at the top 11 tech skills IT leaders say are demand today.
Companies have been bringing chief data officers (CDOs) on board at a rapid rate. Interestingly, most of those tapped to fill the high-profile position did not rise through the ranks of IT. If you are eyeing a career path toward a CDO post, here are the traits you need to succeed.
Starting salaries for IT professionals are expected to rise an average of 3.8% in 2017 compared with 2016. Find out which IT jobs are projected to see the greatest salary increases next year.
The role of a chief data officer increasingly makes its way into companies across the globe. But even as their ranks grow, CDOs often face resistance from colleagues who may feel threatened by data results. Here are four tips on how to become a more effective CDO.
Following the theft of millions of dollars from Bangladesh Bank via the international financial messaging system SWIFT, US banking regulators have outlined steps to tighten cyber-security at the nation's banks.
Over the next five years, IT professionals keen on managing a fire hose of data should keep their eyes on these growth drivers for big data management.
When you consider outstanding tech leaders such as Bill Gates, the late Steve Jobs, and Jeff Bezos, five of their traits standout above others. Here's a look at ways to cultivate these characteristics to further your career.
A college internship program could give a company an advantage in the intense competition for hiring tech talent.
Despite C maintaining its ranking as the second most popular programming language on the Tiobe Index, the decline in the number of searches for C pushed it to its lowest ratings score since the index was launched in 2001.
With demand for tech workers running high, here are three ways hiring managers can get their IT job listings to stand out, according to technology recruiter Robert Half Technology.
Oregon's startups are increasingly garnering attention from venture capitalists and support from government agencies. Here's a look at a few.
Networking giant Cisco confirmed during its latest quarterly report that the company will cut approximately 7% of its worldwide workforce in a restructuring move designed to accelerate its transition to a software and subscription business.
The networking giant is reportedly planning to cut nearly 20% of its global workforce, as it shifts from a hardware maker to one with a greater focus on software.
Front-end developers are facing an evolving role, where their traditional bag of skills are becoming more diverse. Here's how they can stay competitive.
IT hiring managers who take too long to extend a job offer may suffer from the snooze-you-lose syndrome -- specifically losing a candidate's interest within a week of the interview if an offer is not made, according to survey results. However, there are five practical steps IT managers can follow to streamline the process.
University researchers examined employee reviews on IT job search site Glasssdoor to identify the corporate cultures most likely to attract top tech talent and improve bottom line results.
Despite progress in some areas of its diversity efforts, Intel encountered a slight decline in the number of under-represented minorities working for the company. The main cause is the company's own efforts to restructure, which triggered a large number of layoffs earlier this year.
While SaaS is by far the leading slice of the public cloud services pie, IT professionals should keep an eye PaaS and IaaS as well, because these are the fast-rising segments of the cloud market, according to IDC.
HPE CEO and Republican Meg Whitman recently announced she will vote for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, a move that disrupts the status quo -- a personality trait common among IT professionals, says one tech recruiter.
Apple released its 2016 diversity figures this week, revealing a slight increase in the number of woman tech workers it's added to its workforce mix during the past year. The company is also making efforts to increase its overall diversity.
With software spending predicted to hit $332 billion in 2016, the time is right for organizations to look at some best practices to reduce costs in that area, according to a recent Gartner report.
The federal government spent 20% more on IoT in 2015 than the previous year, which could present an opportunity for IT pros developing IoT features and functionality for their products and services.
The Redmond giant reveals in a regulatory filing that it's planning another round of job cuts in addition to the 1,850 cuts it announced in May.
During the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation panel in Philadelphia, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft representatives issued another call to action for increased STEM funding and for revisions to the nation's immigration policy.
CIOs are seeing the highest level of skills shortage since the Great Recession of 2008-09 and other hiring issues, according to the 2016 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey. Find out where these challenges exist and to what extent.
Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals the depth of the iPhone maker's interest in augmented reality and where he thinks the platform is going.
Microsoft is infusing more of its machine learning into Office 365 and adding in greater capabilities into Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
The telecommunications giant strikes a deal to acquire Yahoo's core internet assets, ending a drawn-out process for one of the early dot-com darlings.
Michigan police are working with university researchers to re-create a dead man's fingers. The goal is to use the digits to unlock his smartphone and uncover information that may help catch his killer.
The Redmond giant is wrapping up the final stages of migrating its Skype VoIP service to the cloud from its peer-to-peer backbone. The move will allow the company to offer new services including mobile group video calling and Skype Bots.
With security threats increasingly becoming more advanced, research firm Gartner outlines the top 10 technologies that should be deployed to take advantage of digital business opportunities while managing risk.
Google uses its DeepMind artificial intelligence to slice nearly half of the amount of energy used for cooling its data centers, improving its overall power usage effectiveness (PUE) by 15%.
Boeing is set to move its extensive portfolio of digital solutions to Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, with an aim to improve the operation and efficiency of its airlines customers.
Under a proposed plan, foreign governments would have the right to serve search warrants on US tech companies for email and wiretaps. The deal would also give the US "reciprocal" authority to search data in other countries.
Nearly 150 tech leaders, researchers, founders, and VCs posted an open letter characterizing presidential candidate Donald Trump as a "disaster for innovation."
When it comes to industries and occupations that face the greatest chance of having robots replace humans as workers, a recent McKinsey & Co. report provides some insight. Is your job on the line?
Tesla CEO Elon Musk vows to continue use of the carmaker's Autopilot feature in the wake of a recent fatal crash of a Model S using the technology, and says he plans to step up efforts to educate customers about the system.
Securities regulators are reportedly investigating Tesla Motors over its failure to inform investors that one of its cars involved in a fatal crash was operating in autopilot mode.
Dallas police used a robot to deliver and detonate a bomb to stop a suspected sniper who killed five officers and injured nine others. This deployment raises ethical questions.
Although quantum computers are largely in the experimental phase, Google has started testing cryptography to protect against hackers in the post-quantum era.
The Redmond giant is folding its CRM and ERP cloud services into one cloud service dubbed Microsoft Dynamics 365.
According to a leaked company memo, IBM is imposing involuntary job cuts in the Netherlands for the first time. Does the move serve as a template for Big Blue to impose forced layoffs in regions where local labor laws have made it difficult to impose mandatory cuts?
Inspired by the difficulty Apple's late founder Steve Jobs endured in securing a donated liver when he was ill, the company says iOS 10 will allow iPhone users to directly connect to the National Donate Life Registry.
Within three years, more than 30% of the world's 100 largest vendors are expected to shift software investments from a cloud-first strategy to a cloud only strategy, according to Gartner.
While CIOs say they expect to see a slight dip in IT hiring plans for the last six months of this year, according to recent survey results, one tech recruiter says the outlook appears positive. Here's a closer look at CIO hiring plans for the remaining months of 2016, including layoffs, the most in-demand IT skills, and the hottest regions.
A Silicon Valley jury has sided with HPE in a long-running dispute focused on support for the Itanium server platform.
As Apple gears up for its iOS 10 public beta in July, a select group of developers will now be able to sync up their apps with users' Siri demands.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wrote an essay published in Slate in which he emphasized AI should not be feared but embraced. He outlined six principles and goals AI research must follow.
Volkswagen agrees to dole out up to $14.7 billion to settle allegations that it knowingly sold customers vehicles that were equipped with software to cheat on emissions tests.
In a move to refocus its efforts, the chip giant is reportedly planning to sell its Intel Security unit that was based on its acquisition of antivirus software operation McAfee nearly six years ago.
UK voters gave a thumbs up for leaving the European Union, generating concerns in the tech community over the ease of finding jobs and potential company relocations.
The Redmond giant announces a new service to provide data protection based on a company's policies, as information is created, moved to the cloud and shared with employees, partners and customers devices.
The internet of things is gaining traction in a number of industries, but IoT investments in three areas will be particularly large, according to IDC.
To encourage more users to practice some form of two-factor authentication when they log in to Google accounts, the tech titan has made the process easier with its latest update.
The CIO role is fundamentally changing as the position increasingly calls for being a combination of a technology strategist, revenue generator, and business leader. Here are 10 trends that illustrate this transformation.
Toyota is the latest automaker to announce a timeline for including self-driving features in its vehicles. Within the next five years, the company expects to add driver assistance systems into its vehicles to perform safety-related maneuvers designed to avoid collisions.
Intellectual property regulators in Beijing have ordered Apple to stop selling its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China's major city, claiming they violate patents held by a Chinese smartphone maker.
With Google CEO Sundar Pichai sharply focused on AI, machine learning and their potentials, the search giant is opening a dedicated machine learning research center in Europe.
Phishing attacks against companies have soared dramatically over the past 18 months, and losses have climbed into the billions, according to an FBI advisory issued this week.
The high court issued a ruling that substantially changes the game in terms of the amount of damages that could potentially be paid out in a patent infringement lawsuit.
The deal is Microsoft's largest acquisition yet. It's aimed at transforming the company's productivity tools and communications efforts.
Nearly 33 million Twitter usernames and passwords have been reportedly made public, but the micro-blogging site says its servers were not hacked. Then how did it happen?
As Alphabet looks to bring internet service to more homes, its Google Fiber unit is experimenting with wireless delivery -- a means that could cost substantially less than laying cable.
As consumers and companies embrace the Internet of Things, the movement is expected to put more pressure on networks and likely to be a major contributor to a multi-billion enterprise networking market.
Users may soon have another weapon to combat thieves who pilfer Android smartphones or tablets -- a kill switch that goes beyond a remote data wipe.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may be like a lot of us internet users when it comes to online security -- too lazy to create unique passwords for each account. The result is that his LinkedIn and other social media accounts were hacked over the weekend.
As Google develops artificial intelligence that has smarter-than-human capabilities, it's teamed up with Oxford University researchers to create a panic button to interrupt a potentially rogue AI agent.
Tesla cofounder Elon Musk said that giving the same free access to its network of Supercharger stations for Model 3 owners that Model S and Model X owners enjoy would be cost-prohibitive for the company.
With its latest acquisition, Salesforce gains an established e-commerce platform to compete in the multi-billion dollar digital commerce industry.
Heavy-hitters in the tech industry agree to adhere to the European Commission's hate speech rules and vow to remove infringing postings within 24 hours after notification.
Earlier this month, Congress heard proposals to increase tech training and jobs for vets, transitioning service members, and military spouses.
Oracle's long and contentious court battle with Google over Java copyright issues ends in defeat. But the open source community can breathe a sigh of relief -- for now.
The partnership with Amazon Web Services is expected to give Salesforce the ability to offer its core services as part of its international infrastructure expansion for the first time.
A report by the Government Accountability Office finds a number of government agencies are spending billions of dollars each year to run their departments using antiquated tech, including 8-inch floppy disks and Windows Server 2003.
After allegations surfaced that its curators engaged in bias when populating the Trending Topics feature, Facebook launched an investigation that found no evidence of political favoritism. Still, changes are coming.
Graduation time at colleges and universities across the nation yields a fresh crop of potential IT pros. But competition is fierce for top tech talent. Here are 10 tips from a recruiting expert on how to identify rising stars and seal the deal when hiring the best in class among recent grads.
Microsoft has unveiled a two-pronged approach to fighting back against terrorists' efforts to use the Internet and social media to communicate with one another and recruit new members.
The iconic computer and device maker is reportedly considering an OS X 10.12 feature that would allow users to unlock their Macs via the same Touch ID technology that's in iPhones and iPads.
The 2012 LinkedIn security breach is far worse than previously reported. Now reports say that hackers are trying to sell information for more than 117 million accounts, which should have people who use the same password on multiple sites worried.
The iOS design and development accelerator will be based in India's startup center and build Apple's global ecosystem of third-party developers at a time when its sales in countries like China are plummeting.
The US Supreme Court has sided with Spokeo in a false-data case, saying that the plaintiff failed to show that he suffered a "concrete" injury. The case highlights several warnings for businesses that aggregate data for sale to the public.
The famed investor's firm takes a $1 billion stake in the iPhone maker, marking its first investment in the company and signaling hope for Apple's growth prospects.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg launches a probe into allegations that the social media giant excluded conservative news stories from its Trending Topics section.
Despite dropping its fight with Apple over creating a backdoor to access the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, the FBI still plans to pursue access to other encrypted devices and data, said the agency's director.
In its latest Windows 10 build, Microsoft disables its Wi-Fi Sense feature, which allows users to easily share their networks with friends -- and, inadvertently, hackers.
Looking to work for a tech company that offers a lucrative salary? Here's a cheat sheet based on Glassdoor's list of the highest paying US tech companies in 2016.
After Watson beat human players on the TV game show Jeopardy!, its cognitive might was put to work in a variety of fields, including healthcare and finance. Now IBM Security is dispatching the supercomputer to fight cybercrime.
Silicon Valley's fight to protect users' privacy against inquiries by intelligence agencies could escalate with Twitter denying access to a data mining service that reveals political unrest and terrorist attacks in real-time.
A federal district court denies Facebook's request to dismiss a case that alleges that the social media giant violated Illinois biometric privacy laws with its photo-tagging feature.
Microsoft dealt administrators a blow with its Windows 10 Pro 1511 update, forcing them to migrate to Windows 10 Enterprise should they want to prevent Windows Store access.
Dell's merger with storage giant EMC is designed to create a tech behemoth that can leverage the cloud, but will its new name create confusion in the tech market?
Thousands of businesses and consumers have lost wireline services over the past several weeks, as Verizon Communications contends with a spike in cases of vandalism and striking workers.
As smartphone makers are increasingly adding fingerprint-sensor technology as a log-in feature for their devices, users may be unaware they may lose their right to the Fifth Amendment.
Google is looking to bring together its diverse array of hardware products, which includes its Glass wearable headgear and TV streaming stick Chromecast, under a newly created division.
The US House of Representatives has approved the Email Privacy Act by a unanimous vote. That sets the stage for requiring search warrants to review electronic communications older than 180 days.
Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14332 steps away from its traditional Quests and takes a different approach to the way Windows Insiders can help chase bugs.
A group of tech, auto, and ride-sharing companies have joined forces to speed up federal regulations surrounding self-driving cars.
Google expands its commitment to nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit in its employees, allowing some to work on new projects full-time in its Area 120 startup incubator.
Alphabet posts a solid first quarter that was fueled by its core search business and YouTube. But cloud and enterprise remain in sharp focus for future growth.