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July 25, 2014
By Lisa Dare

Pity the CISOs. Or just fire them.

In case you missed it, the New York Times ran a great article this week about just how nerve-wracking chief information security officers jobs are—and how short their tenure. For anyone in the InfoSec field, the article may make you reconsider taking the big promotion.

Our own tech policy guru Charles Ellison recently wrote an insightful post about how federal policy and public movements are contributing to a complicated InfoSec environment.  

The only thing worse than having to work …

Is not being able to. If you’re in a grim mood, check out Network World’s slideshow of this year’s bloodiest layoffs. (And if you’re in that group of IT professionals who didn’t survive the mergers and downsizing—call us! We’d love to help match your talents with an employer who needs them. And that’s my one shameless plug for the week.)

Dungeons and Dragons saves the day

The D&D lovers out there may enjoy Jon Michaud’s remembrance of how Dungeons and Dragons saved his life—or at least his academic potential. Michaud’s relatable piece in the New Yorker chronicles how the game introduced him to community, storytelling and reading at an age when he felt adrift. 

Hug a system admin!

And finally, today is System Administrator Appreciation Day. And yes, SysAdmin Day is a real thing. Why should you celebrate? Well, system administrators are the glue that holds your network together, the (sore) backbone of the IT department, the … well, I’m out of clichés. But according to, if “your network is secure, your computer is up and running, and your printer is jam-free,” it’s only because your system administrator is working behind the scenes to make it happen. So wishing you the respect and appreciation you deserve, sysadmins! If you don’t get that respect at work, you can at least find some love in this sweet post by Google’s CIO.   

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Lisa Dare is a marketing writer for TEKsystems who enjoys learning about IT from some of the smartest folks in tech. A former HR staffer, Lisa frequently blogs about work-life balance and career advice. 

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