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Here are the Buffalo, NY Top IT News Stories of the Week (Dec. 19th) as based on the story’s likes, shares, and interactions from our social media sites. The content provided is mainly for Buffalo-Based IT Professionals to help keep them informed as they continue to impact and grow Buffalo’s tech reputation. Lighthouse Technology Services provides IT Staffing Services and Business Tech Support for businesses in the Buffalo area.

3 WNY Communities Rank Among Upstate’s Top 10 for Personal Earnings

Three places in Western New York are among the 10 Upstate communities that have the highest personal earnings, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Earnings are defined as all salaries and wages from jobs. That’s not the same thing as income, which can be derived from more than 40 different sources, ranging from interest and dividends to alimony and Social Security. Earnings, in effect, are just one type of income. The Western New York entries in the top 10 are Clarence (fifth place, $62,037 median earnings)…Read More

Cybersecurity Skills Aren’t Taught in College

Cybersecurity is a growing concern across the globe and businesses are eager to build secure products and keep corporate data safe. The only problem is that cybersecurity is a relatively new skill, and there just aren’t enough qualified candidates to go around. When Intel and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) surveyed 775 IT decision makers, 82 percent expressed a concern for the cybersecurity skills shortage. It’s reached a point where the government has created the National Initiative for Cybersecurity…Read More

IT Headed For Fundamental Changes, SIM Survey Shows

IT organizations are increasing their budgets and hiring and salaries, according to the most recent SIM IT Trends study for 2017. But while the report looks very positive on the surface, IT pros need to gird themselves for uncertain times. That’s according to Leon Kappelman, primary investigator on the survey for the Society for Information Management organization (SIM) and professor of information systems at the University of North Texas, College of Business. Kappelman told InformationWeek in an interview that we are in the midst…Read More

How The Tech Industry Helped Elect Donald Trump

Nearly the entire tech industry, with the exception of PayPal founder and venture capitalist Peter Thiel, publicly lined up against Donald Trump and for Hillary Clinton in the recent presidential election. But words are one thing and actions another. And actions taken by the tech industry in the last decades helped seal Trump’s surprise victory. Trump won, in large part, thanks to support by blue-collar voters without college degrees in the Rust Belt, particularly in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. Read More

Trump to Tech Titans: ‘Like Me a Little Bit’

President-elect Donald Trump met with high-profile tech titans at Trump Tower in New York City on Dec. 14, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. “I’m here to help you folks do well, and you’re doing well right now and I’m very honored by ‘the bounce’—they’re all talking about ‘the bounce’ and I know everybody in this room has to like me a little bit,” Trump reportedly said to the executives arranged around his conference table, apparently in reference to the stock market’s post-election rise. Read More

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