How to Take on Tough Cybersecurity Challenges

Cybersecurity is on the mind of every CEO and corporate board today. Each year, corporations across the globe spend billions of dollars to secure corporate data and keep hackers out. When hackers are successful, it can cost a corporation greatly. The damage caused by hackers goes beyond financial burdens and extends to both an organization’s reputation and customer relationships. With this in mind, how does an organization successfully take on the cybersecurity challenges our connected world presents?

The Top 6 Cyber Challenges Challenge # 1 – Data, Data, Everywhere Solution: Separate Personal Employee Data from the Rest of Your Network

Businesses today are overflowing with all types of data. Where possible, use segregated networks for employee data and business operations. This segregation can prevent many headaches and can isolate damage in the event of a breach.

Challenge # 2 – Cyber Risk from Outside Parties Solution: Evaluate Third-Party Risk […]

The Most Important Things to Do While Attending Conferences

Conferences are an essential part of professional growth. Not only do they expose attendees to upcoming trends in their industry, they can also help with soft skills such as networking.

How to Make the Most of Your Conference Experience Conferences can be overwhelming experiences stretched out over several days and jam-packed with events, activities, talks, and social gatherings. The best way to get the most out of your conference experience is to do a little pre-planning.

Do Your Research Before booking your hotel room and rental car, do a little research on the conference you are attending. Research the speakers and the topics to ensure the information provided will be of benefit to your current or future work projects. Also, think about whether there is any other business you can do in the host city, which is a nice bonus.

Create a Plan Once you have researched the conference […]

Why Tech Contractor Roles Aren’t Going Anywhere

In 2018, the contract workforce is thriving. An NPR/Marist poll found that one in five jobs in the U.S. is held by a worker under contract. Within a decade, contractors and freelancers could make up half of the American workforce. This contract trend is especially robust in the tech industry.

How Did the Contract Employment Model Happen? The Great Recession of 2008 During the recession, employers started hiring workers on a contract basis. Companies went to this strategy to combat economic uncertainty. At the same time, with unemployment rising, employees who once held traditional roles were open to considering this new type of employment. As the economy recovered, businesses saw a benefit to this type of staffing model given the increased flexibility to hire talent for present conditions without necessarily making commitments for the longer term.

Technology Provided the Tools: Teleworking Ability While employment markets and business models changed, […]

Want a Better Salary? Learn Skills and Forget Languages

Historically, tech professionals have thought of acquiring more programming languages to increase their value. However, in today’s job market, that logic may be outdated.

Out with the Old, In with the New Technical Skills While knowledge of specific programming languages used to be the box check needed to land a new job, the focus is now more on skills for specific tasks for emerging, growth fueled practice areas.

Artificial Intelligence AI is taking the world by storm. More and more industries, including those outside traditional tech companies, are focusing on AI and ways to incorporate it into their day-to-day operations. Knowledge around machine learning, data mining and data analytics are essential in this new, emerging skill set.

Cyber Security As breaches and cyberattacks dominate news cycles, employers will look for candidates who are well versed in information security principles and protocols. Knowledge of network security, firewalls and penetration testing […]

Where Are the Newest Emerging Tech Hubs?

As with real estate, tech hubs are all about location, location, location. Over the past 20 years, the central tech hubs included Silicon Valley and Seattle with the most recent push including Boston and New York. However, with the skyrocketing cost of living in these primary tech cities, tax changes due to the recent tax reform legislation, and with many smaller locales rolling out the welcome mat (with tax advantages and other relocation incentives for tech companies) times are changing.

The Top 6 Emerging Tech Hubs While traditionally tech hubs have been thought to be in the pacific northwest and in northeast cities, areas in the south are now starting to gain popularity. This can be attributed to state and local efforts to attract corporate partners, affordability and weather.

Hub # 1: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Average tech salary: $97,415

Population:  1,567,872

Come for the cheesesteak and the Super Bowl-winning Eagles, […]

What are the Perks that Tech Pros Will Leave a Job For?

With near record levels of employment, employers today need to step up their game when trying to attract and retain top talent. In addition to traditional compensation vehicles such as salary, health insurance and bonuses, there are several perks that employers can add that improve employee experience and work-life balance, making their company an attractive place to work.

The Top Employee Perks The perks employees look for the most are teleworking capability, student loan repayment assistance, food and beverage provided onsite, wellness programs (both onsite and offsite), and discounts. The great thing about these perks is that each can be tailored to an organization, aligning with their resources and needs.

Flexible Telework Programs Employers who have established telework programs will always catch the eye of top tech talent. The flexibility to work remotely and during hours that are most conducive to an employee’s lifestyle are highly sought after. To […]

Is Blockchain a Lucrative Career or Just Hype?

With the rise and fall of bitcoin values being a part of daily news reports, it begs the question; “Is blockchain a valuable tool for career advancement and opportunity, or is it just a fad?” Is learning this new emerging tech, Blockchain, any more a gamble than the currency it was first used for? 

What Is Blockchain? Blockchain technology allows for recording transactions for digital assets. The technology itself is hard, if not impossible to manipulate, making it a secure way to keep transactional data. Blockchain is especially useful for data that doesn’t originate with a traditional ‘trusted source,’ such as a government organization or financial institution.

How Does Blockchain Function Within Bitcoin Since bitcoin and other crypto-currencies aren’t backed by a government or lender, there needs to be a way to record who owns what; this is where blockchain comes in.  Blockchain allows these nontraditional currencies to be […]

Recruiters and Candidates Can Be Friends: Part 2

Recruiters: this may be common knowledge, but the position title is not the only important aspect of a potential job for a candidate. Think about your own job; what’s most important to you? What do you like or not like? Do you love your commute or hate your commute? Are your coworkers important to you or do you not really mingle with people at work? Do you like working in a team environment or are you better solo? Would you accept less money for a position close to your house or are flexible work hours most important to you? Considering how you have your own preferences, it’s easy to understand that there are factors more important than job security.

Even passive candidates have grievances with their jobs, but as a recruiter it is your job to be intuitive about what exactly these candidates want. It’s easy to get involved in […]

Recruiters and Candidates Can Be Friends: Part 1

Recruiters and candidates don’t always understand each other. There, I said it. Let’s just accept the fact, and then move on in our journey towards understanding. Don’t worry, this isn’t a scary journey. You’re excited to be here. Let’s go!

Here’s the thing about people that we should all consider: we all get super wrapped up in our own worlds and we forget about the fact that other peoples’ lives and perspectives are totally different. We also probably forget that everyone else is super wrapped up in their own world and so, sometimes, these other people who live in the world that we live in simply just don’t understand us. Just let that sink in for a minute.

Now that we have that settled, let’s move on to how that applies to JOBS. There are all kinds of recruiters; corporate recruiters, tech recruiters, medical recruiters, etc. For just about […]

Employee Spotlight: Pankaj Shrivastav

Pankaj is a shining star in the ASK universe. Day in and day out he works to train and advise employees in the Global Delivery Center. He is responsible for training and teaching all of the new employees and so he is constantly working with very little down time. Pankaj also takes care of ongoing training with current employees in order to keep everyone working at their peak performance level. Because he is involved with training so many of the staff members, Pankaj has become a great mentor. He is constantly innovating to solve any needs that arise in terms of creating new training when necessary or putting new processes in place. Pankaj is consistently taking the initiative to solve problems proactively when he sees them arise. His enthusiasm is contagious and keeps people on their toes and in great spirits.

Pankaj is a man of mystery, but we […]

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