• 2014 - Top 5 - IT

    Mobile and cloud technology are becoming more prominent. Unfortunately, risk in cybercrime is becoming more prevalent this year. These are just some of the reasons why certain IT career options are evolving and expected to grow. Therefore, it’s no surprise that more individuals are considering entering or advancing their IT careers and that the following articles were the top 5 reads for 2014.

    Don’t miss out on this insight! We encourage you to read and share these before the year is over.



    #5 – Beyond the Laptop: Moving Up in Your IT Career


    IT professionals may hold a wealth of expertise in a niche area of IT but often wonder how they could take advantage of other skills or make a move to another area of interest in technology. If that sounds familiar and you are interested in advancing in your IT career there are several steps you can take to help position yourself for that next opportunity.

    Read this article providing some practical and outside the box recommendations to help you advance in your IT career.

    #4 – How IT Professionals Can Stay Relevant in a Mobile Landscape


    It’s predicted that by 2020, connected devices will increase ten-fold and that smart products are going to be optimized through the use of wireless connectivity. The implications to the IT professional and their opportunities can be vast.

    Read about how you can prepare as the IT landscape continues to evolve.

    #3 – Why Industry Wants and Needs More Women in Technology


    Despite women earning more than 50% of degrees in some STEM areas such as biology and mathematics, less than 20% of women are pursuing degrees in information sciences and engineering. Both industry and academia have taken notice.

    Read more about this trend and encouraging facts as to why women should consider degrees in IT.

    #2 – Innovative Technologies

    Innovative IT

    We are moving toward a society in which the line between computers and humans is becoming blurred. Machines are getting smarter and more self-sufficient. As a result, we are seeing them become more integrated into our daily lives.

    Read about a few technological advancements that IT professionals should be aware of to prepare for the potential opportunities it may bring.

    #1 – Whose Fault is Heartbleed Bug?

    Heartbleed Bug

    Cybercrime was certainly one of the top news items this year. Several companies experienced security breaches during 2014. The Heartbleed bug was one of those culprits and has been referred to as one of the Internet's biggest security threats. Ahmed Banafa, a Kaplan University IT faculty member, explains what the bug is, gives an overview of how it came to pass, and offers recommended measures that companies can take to protect their sites.

    Read this very relevant article on information that every IT professional should know.



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    And if you are considering pursuing higher education we invite you to find out more about Kaplan University’s programs  and explore our undergraduate and graduate degree offerings.

    It is important to note that certain information technology opportunities are expected to grow and that our IT degrees are designed to strengthen our graduates’ knowledge and prepare them to advance in their careers. But Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Several factors specific to a student’s or alumni’s backgrounds and actions, as well as economic and job conditions, affect employment. Also, keep in mind that national long-term projections covered in articles may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

    It’s equally important to note that the Bureau of Labor Statistics found a direct correlation between unemployment rates and educational attainment. Those in the job market with a degree are less likely to be unemployed and those with a graduate degree have the lowest unemployment rates in the market.

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