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‘U’ system OKs data security program

The University System of Georgia recently approved the Bachelor of Science in Information Security and Assurance at Kennesaw State University.

Beginning in the fall semester of 2005, KSU will begin offering a degree program designed to prepare information students for careers as security professionals. This degree program is the first of its kind at a public institution in the Southeastern United States.

The degree consists of 123 hours of coursework, including over 50 credit hours of instruction in information security and assurance specific topics including information security foundations, network security, incident response and disaster recovery, secure programming and information security policy and administration. Students can then build upon this core by selecting electives in information technology, criminal justice, and auditing.

Dorian releases data tool

Atlanta-based Dorian Software Creations Inc. released Event Rover, a new tool for viewing, sorting, and mining event log data.

A component of Dorian’s security event management (SEM) package, Event Rover simplifies event log viewing and sorting. The product also uses a tree view structure, simplifying the sorting of log data and grouping related events together for quick review or reporting.

WiFi sales rise to record rates

Worldwide sales of wireless LAN equipment revenue rose 20 percent to $767.6 million between the fourth quarter of 2004 and the first quarter of 2005, according to Infonetics Research’s quarterly market share service.

The study also said that 12.2 million units were shipped, the highest quarterly volume to date. Revenue is expected to rise another 2 percent to $779.6 million by first-quarter 2006, and will hit $3.6 billion by 2008, as wireless LAN products continue to gain traction across most all product categories and across all geographic regions.

The number of wireless LAN switch ports in use rose 44 percent to 112,000; revenue grew 13 percent to $52.2 million and is expected to jump to $699.2 million by 2008.

The global broadband boom continues to generate more and more demand for wireless broadband routers, which saw a 34 percent increase in revenue between 4Q04 and 1Q05, topping $328 million. In 2005, new product features such as MIMO, extended range capabilities, and Infonetics said VoIP functionality will generate replacement purchasing, further fueling the wireless broadband router market.

Tecnix CEO to lead Latino Commission

Mario Martinez will chair the Latino Commission for a New Georgia, replacing Charles Asensio, who resigned to move to another state.

Martinez is president and CEO of Tecnix LLC, an Atlanta technology advisory firm.

IT workers cautious, managers optimistic

The Hudson Employment Index for IT workers fell 21 points in May from 114.2 to 93.2, the lowest reading ever recorded for the IT Index. This decline in confidence was due to a significant decrease in optimism about personal finances and hiring intentions, as well as increased concerns about job loss.

The study found that 19 percent of the workforce expects their organizations to lay off staff in the coming months, up from 17 percent in March and April. Similarly, the percent of workers nervous about losing their own jobs rose to its highest level in more than a year at 22 percent.

Despite workers’ concerns, optimism continues to climb among managers. The percent anticipating their companies will hire in the coming months rose two points to 35 percent, while the percent expecting layoffs dropped a point to 18 percent. Managers in the private sector were even more bullish as the number predicting increased hiring climbed from 44 percent last month to 48 percent in May.

Cirulnick new Infor CFO

Atlanta-based Infor hired former Delta Air Lines Inc. Chief Accounting Officer Robert Cirulnick as its new chief financial officer.

Prior to Delta, Cirulnick was the CFO for a publicly traded organic and natural food distribution and marketing company. Cirulnick will lead Infor’s worldwide finance centers in Hong Kong, Munich and Atlanta.

Infor makes software for the manufacturing and distribution industries.

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