QU Online Blog

The QU Online Blog was created for distance learners to cover topics related to online education, professional development and industry trends. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting a career path, this blog is designed to be a valuable resource for your educational journey.

A New Model for Teacher Leadership

Mentor coaches new teacher in her first years of teaching.

A new model for teacher leadership is beginning to emerge as the profession is called on to shoulder increased responsibilities while improving teacher effectiveness. 21st century education is calling for all teachers to assume more undertakings from data integration to technology in the classroom to provide a safe climate in an increasingly complicated world.

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Understanding Cybersecurity Work Roles and Job Titles

A new cybersecurity professional is training on software.

The cybersecurity field is so broad that standardized work roles and job titles have yet to crystallize. I see huge variation across industry verticals and between public and private sectors. This blog post is part of my series on understanding cybersecurity career trends.

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The Future of Business Analytics

A team looks at an analytics report on a tablet.

The world of business analytics is evolving at an incredible pace as organizations around the world collect and process more information than ever before. In fact, Forbes.com recently reported, “90% of the data in the world was generated in the past two years alone”.

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Mining the 2019 Verizon Data Breach Report for Cybersecurity Career Guidance

Cybersecurity professionals prevent cyber attacks.

Last week Verizon published the 12th Edition of its annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). This report, looked forward to every year by security professionals, highlights the previous years’ 41,686 security incidents and 2,013 data breaches, as investigated by Verizon and its 66 partners.

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Washington Moves to Address Shortage of Cybersecurity Workers

Businessman using his calendar as a time management tool.

Two new initiatives out of Washington last week promise to increase the number and skill level of trained cybersecurity specialists. First, President Trump issued a new Executive Order regarding America’s Cybersecurity Workforce.

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Time Management Strategies for Graduate Students

Businessman using his calendar as a time management tool.

As the marketplace demands continuous learning for employees, many professionals are faced with the decision of returning to school to earn a graduate degree. This poses a challenge for people who are already balancing work and home responsibilities. Learning effective time management strategies will help organize your life across work, home and school to create the time needed to succeed in your graduate degree program.

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Security Practitioners Must Keep Up with Changing Roles

Cybersecurity professinals discuss changing roles.

As digital technology penetrates virtually all business processes, the roles and responsibilities of information security practitioners are undergoing major changes. While data confidentiality was the highest priority over the past decade, newer responsibilities highlight data integrity and data availability.

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Cybersecurity Career Strategies: A View from the Top

Top level jobs like CISO are in demand.

The 2019 survey of 793 organizations was published at the end of 2018 and is the latest information on IT trends, including IT security trends. About 50% of CISO’s still report to a CIO and the other 50% are heavily influenced by their CIO; so, the IT Trends Survey is valuable reading for anyone in the security field.

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Craft a New Resume for Graduate School

Admission committee reviewing resumes for graduate applications.

While a personal statement shows your personality, a graduate school resume reveals your professional accomplishments. Ensure your resume works in your favor by reviewing the program and its admission requirements. Use these tips to fine tune your resume so that it is working with the rest of your graduate school application to present the best representation of yourself.

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Protecting Your Small Business From Cyber Scams This Tax Season

Cybercrimes target small business as Congress steps in.

Studies show that, overall, 62% of cybercrime targets were small and medium sized enterprises. Seeing this trend, in 2018, Congress passed the “Small Business Cybersecurity Act” to encourage the development of standards for small businesses. More bipartisan legislation to protect small business is being proposed in the 116th Congress.

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