IT Management Tips & Advice

Managing an IT department poses unique challenges including staffing, budget management, project management and leadership. Learn IT management skills, strategies, and tips from leading IT experts.

3 phishing attacks sneaking by IT’s defenses

IT pros know that phishing attacks are rampant. Most will train users to recognize the warning signs. But some recent attacks show that hackers are smart enough to try to stay one step ahead – and have devised attacks that can be successful even when users’ guards are up. 

IT pros are feeling the stress: And bosses are most to blame

Those who can’t handle stress might be wise to consider a career outside of IT, if a recent study is to be believed. It found most IT pros are feeling under the gun, and there’s a variety of reasons for it. 

10 ways to get execs thinking about security

For far too many IT pros, the battle to show executives the value of caring about your security systems is an uphill one. The top brass sees security as a cost-center and one it can’t afford, end of discussion. 

Most IT pros saw a raise, still looking for more

The annual ComputerWorld IT Salary Survey found that many IT pros saw their compensation increase in the last year. But for some that may not be enough – and a career change could be in the future. 

The only 2 security metrics that matter to execs

Knowing how to talk security with the C-level or board of directors can be difficult. But according to one IT pro, the entire conversation can revolve around two simple metrics – and result in buy-in for your department. 

Hire techs like Google … more or less

A Google HR exec has a new book out that tells you how to hire the best candidates just like Google does … that is, if you have a nearly unlimited budget and a giant organization behind you. 

VDI: What’s in your office?

Virtualization has been around for a good while, but it hasn’t caught on everywhere yet. Here’s where companies stand with the technology – and insight into what they’re running it on. 

Does talking about breaches in dollars and cents really work?

The conventional wisdom has always been if you want to get people to think seriously about security, you have to put it in the context of the bottom line. But that might not be the best approach after all.

IT has conflicting views on security: 4 ways to close the gap

Some fundamental disagreements in IT could be putting your organization at risk. Because while most IT departments are fairly cohesive groups where differences in opinion are accepted and encouraged, it turns out there’s a substantial gap in how front-line and upper-level IT pros think about security. 

Soft skills are hard to find

IT pros are in high-demand, and while some skills such as Big Data analytics and application programming are topping many companies’ wish lists, it turns out the hardest thing to find could be techs with the soft skills necessary to succeed.