Tech trends 2018:
1) Cybersecurity: the state of being protected against the criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data, or the measures taken to achieve this. Some facts- 43% of cyber attaches target small business, every 39 seconds there are cyberattacks, there will be 200 billion connected devices by 2020.
What's your password?? It should be phase with lower, upper case characters and number(s).
Internet of things: The Internet of Things (IoT) is defined as the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and connectivity which enables these things to connect and exchange data, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, resulting in efficiency improvements, economic benefits and reduced human exertions.
2) Your devices, such as phones, homes, cars, etc. are becoming smarter. For example: Pumpspy is a plug for your subpump with an app that lets you know the status of your subpump; or the Glucose Monitoring System that tracks glucose without pricking your finger to monitor your levels continually.
3) Cloud technology: storing or accessing your data somewhere other than your computer.
What are the challenges for women in IT
- Underrepresented in tech, not enough women in industry
- Underrepresented in leadership positions
- Expected to take on emotional labor of administrative tasks as supplemental work
- Continued pay gap
How do we drive Change?
- Apply for that dream job, even if you think you don't qualify
- Don't run away from technology
- Attend WIT meeting (Women in Technology: WIT 4 girls, WIT on campus. The mission of Women In Technology Wisconsin is to attract, grow and retain women and girls in technology related careers. From the WIT website: Contact us to learn more about WIT, get information on how to become involved, notify us of an event, or request consulting.
- TEALS is a program of Microsoft which aims to get computer science education into every high school, will be offered initially at 15 Wisconsin schools. To volunteer to help with this program click here.
- Take classes, ask questions, work with your HR department on related skills or career paths.
- FVTC has a number of classes to learn more about the software you use today, or others you may want to learn about.
- NEW IT Alliance: Attract, develop & retain diverse IT talent in Northeastern Wisconsin to support economic growth.
- "Creativity, Leadership, Problem Solving" are the skills needed to succeed in a technology world. The rest you can be trained in.
- Inspire and empower the women around you. Success is never reached alone.