May 24, 2012  7:46 AM

You’ve Closed All Your External Security Holes, but What About Your Bosses?



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
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You've Closed Your IT Security Holes, but What About Your Bosses? Here you are, Mr. or Ms. Totally Skilled IT Security Honcho, detecting intrusions before they happen and using cloud-based digital antibiotics to eliminate Windows funguses before they infect your systems, but you still have...


April 5, 2012  1:46 PM

How to Get Picked as an IT Consultant or Independent Programmer



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
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I asked a bunch of people who routinely hire programmers and IT consultants how they went about selecting them. Learning what they look for just might help you find more work...


March 28, 2012  2:25 PM

Hord Tipton of ISC2.org Talks About Getting into the IT Security Field (Video)



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
advice, certification, ISC2.org, IT, job, nuclear, skills, Tipton

IT Security is an ever-growing field. Every year more hackers and crackers try to steal your bank PIN number, mess up your nuclear fuel centrifuges, jam your attack drones' control signals, steal your company passwords an other secrets and.... it goes on and on, to the point where, Hord says, over...


January 31, 2012  5:35 PM

Communicating With Users is Always Important



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
advance, calm, communicating, communication, conversation, facts, IT, people, pleasant, tension, understanding, users

Back in April, 2011, I wrote a column titled Improve Your People Skills for Fun and Profit. This is a topic that deserves revisiting, so let's do that today.


December 30, 2011  7:14 AM

Have a Classy 2012 by Learning to Keep Books



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
accounting, business, entrepreneur, Hybrid IT, IT, office

I've written before about the growth of Hybrid IT job titles. And If you're reading this article, you are more likely to be employed in some sort of IT role than in a...


December 19, 2011  12:22 PM

The Art of the Deal: Essential Knowledge for IT Consultants



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
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The Art of the Deal is the title of a book by Donald Trump. I am not endorsing this book, which I haven't read. I am, however, endorsing the concept embodied in its title, because for an IT consultant, which you may either be...


December 6, 2011  12:06 PM

Once Again, Foote Partners Says IT Is a Great Field To Be In



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
Data Processing, discouraged workers, employed, employment, engineering, hosting, hybrid jobs, Information Industry, IT, jobless, medicine, part-time, teaching, Technical Services, telecommunications, unemployed

"In an analysis of Friday’s release of the November 2011 U.S. employment numbers by the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL/BLS), Foote Partners reports a net gain of 9,600 jobs in two IT services job sectors -- Management and Technical...


November 20, 2011  4:34 PM

Which Certification Exams Should I Take?



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
certification, Ed Tittel, exam, IT, job fulfillment, loyal, new job

My respected friend and colleauge Ed Tittel recently wrote a piece titled The Top 5 Information Security Certifications. But I have another way of deciding which industry certification...


October 20, 2011  11:03 AM

IT Work is Nothing Like Mining Coal



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
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Fellow IT Knowledge Exchange blogger Matt Heuser wrote a piece titled Are IT Workers the Coal Miners...

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