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  • The big one is on its way. At least, a majority of cyber-security professionals believe that the nation's critical infrastructure will be hit by a major breach within the next two years. Worse, they also believe the current state of cyber-defense at U.S. government agencies leaves them unprepared to respond. These represent the most alarming findings of Black Hat's latest report, "Portrait of an Imminent Cyberthreat." The report is based on Black Hat's third annual survey of Black Hat conference attendees, in which nearly 600 security professionals were polled, 40 percent of whom work in critical infrastructure industries such as utilities, healthcare, financial services and government. Respondents weighed in on everything from cyber-risks to Trump administration cyber-policies to nation-state attacks, and the results clearly indicate that government and business leaders need to make security a much higher priority—and soon! "The responses don't just indicate that breaches might happen; they indicate that many breaches will happen in the next year or two," said Steve Wylie, general manager of Black Hat. "We have the top security people in their organizations saying that we should expect major compromises. It would seem to be a warning and a wake-up call that enterprises need to pay more attention to cyber-security threats."

  • Would you believe that the technology industry isn't the fastest growing sector for software jobs? That's according to recent rankings from job site Glassdoor, which lists the fastest-growing industry segments and metropolitan areas for software professionals. Glassdoor compiled the rankings by identifying all job listings on its site containing the word "software" in its title: software engineer, software developer, etc. Then it calculated where (in terms of location and industry) these open positions grew the fastest over the past five years with respect to a percentage of overall software jobs. The results? While the top city (Seattle) is somewhat predictable, the No. 1 industry (retail) initially seems surprising. However, given the surge of interest in customer experience (CX) technologies, maybe it's not such a shocker. The upshot: You don't have to work for an IT company—or move to Silicon Valley—to stake out a great career in software. "Companies across a wide range of industries and locations increasingly need to recruit tech talent to power their businesses, improve operations and support bottom-line growth," said Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor.