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Alumni offer hope and confidence for growth of tech industry
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Encouraging Career News
Christopher Lee ’00 is a business alumnus, but as senior recruiter for the Friedman Williams Group in New York City, he helps information technology and creative services professionals find work in their fields. Despite current high unemployment, his news is optimistic.

Lee says the firm is filling the same number of jobs it was a few years ago. Though this is partly due to working with small- to midlevel size companies that are still financially sound, he’s also filling a lot of contract jobs for clients that are not hiring full-time employees.

Current popular IT positions are project managers and database administrators, “more on the SQL (Standard Query Language) side,” says Lee. On the creative side, positions for art directors and high-level designers and architects are most abundant.

When choosing candidates, Lee looks for those who best meet clients’ needs, have a stable work background and solid knowledge of their skill area. Though higher education is important, someone with an associate degree, extensive experience and good “soft” skills is just as strong a candidate as someone with a four-year degree, said Lee.

If you do lose your job, look for a new one immediately and be aggressive, he advises. He also recommends posting your résumé on job boards, keeping your skills sharp and joining networking sites like LinkedIn. “Let people know what your skills are and that you are available.” And stay positive.
Email > clee@friedmanwilliams.com

Img Tech JWU alum joshua wright 170x150On the Front Lines of Internet Security
Joshua L. Wright ‘97 sees computer hacking growing drastically in rate and sophistication. Going back 10 years or more, most computer break-ins were “done by small groups of disorganized teenagers and young adults motivated by personal curiosity or to raise their social standing among their peers. It was ‘Who can break into the most Web sites?’” says Wright. Today, more organized attackers are financially or politically motivated.

A senior security analyst for InGuardians Inc., based in Washington, D.C., Wright also teaches and trains for SANS (Systems Administration, Auditing, Network Security) Institute out of Bethesda, Md., and works from his home as a consultant. He speaks at conferences, trains employees and has written books on Internet security and safeguards. His clients over the years have included Cisco Systems, Oracle, Apple and Microsoft.

Wright’s work includes helping secure large, publicly traded organizations, the government and U.S. critical infrastructure companies — any business that if threatened by terrorists, could negatively affect the U.S. economy, including utilities and communications networks.

He also does forensics. If a network is breached, InGuardians finds out what happened and how. “In some cases they hire us to break into their computer systems, and then show them how we did it and how they can prevent someone else from doing it in the future. ” The group also works with law enforcement to determine if hackers are part of an independent group or organized crime syndicate.

His work for employers may be of most interest. “We’re hired to break into a company’s system, in an authorized fashion, to find employees on MySpace, FaceBook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and we find out everything we can about them. Then we use that information to try to compromise their e-mail accounts and any other resources they have.” As Wright suggests, “You need to be cognizant about who you’re sharing your information with.”
Email > jwright@willhackforsushi.com

Top: Joshua Wright ’97 (far right) with his daughter, Maya, at an April 2008 reception in Providence when he was presented with a JWU Alumni Success Board.

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School of Technology student, Michael Khaouam, received a Jack Templin Scholarship. Templin, a technology consultant for ThoughtCap, was honored by the School of Technology at the Providence Campus as a Distinguished Visiting Professor.