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Cybersecurity in 2017

According to Homeland Security News,

The worldwide cybersecurity market is large and growing, with market sizing estimates ranging from $75 billion in 2015 to $170 billion by 2020. The size of the market is a response to the rising global cost of cyberattacks, which is expected to grow to $2.1 trillion by 2020.

Being in the “know” regarding cybersecurity is an integral aspect of every information technology (IT) professional organization in 2017 and beyond. Harpy I.T. Solutions, L.L.C. is prepared to augment cyber requirements as a cost-effective organization with solid cybersecurity past performance. In 2015, President Barack Obama created the Cybersecurity Strategy and Implementation Plan (“CSIP”), which for all intents and purposes has been working behind the scenes to secure our digital mapping; however, the CSIP hasn’t caught up to the cyber threats that increase exponentially daily.

President Donald Trump, has spoken to cybersecurity throughout his campaign, and thus far, there isn’t a signature plan on the table at the onset of the new administration other than in President elect’s own words:

. . . take every measure to safeguard our national security secrets and systems. We will make it a priority to develop defensive and offensive cyber capabilities at our U.S. Cyber Command, and recruit the best and brightest Americans to serve in this crucial area.

No matter how tough the battle is, laughter is always good medicine.

What does this mean for our community of federal cyber and IT contractors? 
It means a lot. We are on the forefront in the defensive against cyberattacks and cyberthreats. It’s folks like the Harpy I.T. Solutions, L.L.C. team and you and your team that will safeguard America. In 2017, the Harpy Team is prepared to take up arms through cyber and IT awareness in implementing solutions for a safer America today and tomorrow. And, our team invites you, to join us in supporting the Administration and Department of Defense (DoD) in the fight to restore a safe digital community nationally and globally.


We Are Solution Centric
Harpy I.T. Solutions, L.L.C. is releasing our Cybersecurity White Paper Solution late February 2017 and we are happy to network with “other solution providers” to ensure a comprehensive resource guide follows our White Paper. Of course, we can build together in answer to impending procurement relative to cyber need. If you, or your team, are interested in working together to shore up America’s digital community and wipe out digital threats where we can . . . write us.

Let’s ignite a new vision of a secure cyber community!


About the Author:
Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry, is a government and commercial management consultant featuring business development, capture and proposal architecture and a contractor for Harpy I.T. Solutions, L.L.C. Donna, affectionately referred to as “Q” is also a published author and an economically disadvantaged woman-owned small business (EDWOSB & WOSB) entrepreneur of dpInk and DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. She is also a syndicated journalist of columns such as: Washington DC Government Business Examiner, Washington DC Military Technology Examiner, Washington DC Wounded Warrior Examiner and the National Writing Examiner. She has also maintained columns referencing New Age Philosophies on Writing Enhancement and an online University Course on the topic. Q is a native of metropolitan Washington DC and she currently resides in North Carolina with her son who sustained a work-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2003. A mother of five adult success-driven children, Q is also a grand-mother of nine with number ten arriving in March 2017, which is very exciting!

DLA SPS Contract Award!


Harpy I.T. Solutions, L.L.C. is a subcontractor to Technique Solutions and was awarded the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Standard Procurement System (SPS) contract, 6 July 2015.

The SPS Program is the cornerstone for the Department of Defense (DoD) paperless acquisition initiative.

Directing available funds to mission-critical purchases is essential to program success. The Procurement Desktop-Defense (PD2) solution provides automated, strategic, and streamlined contract management support for procurement professionals. Harpy is proud to have a hand in the paperless race in support of our global environment initiatives.

Harpy I.T. Solutions, L.L.C. is available to assist your next project as well!

CompTIA IT Careers Blog

US News Reveals 100 Best Jobs – IT Jobs are Top Contenders

The news is out – IT is one of the hottest career paths on the market today. US News’ top 100 jobs list compiles the best jobs in the U.S. based on job growth, salary, hiring demand, employment rate, stress level and work-life balance. While a diverse range of jobs span the list, from dental hygienist to sales representative, three out of the top ten jobs are in IT. This is yet another sure indicator that the IT sector is growing by leaps and bounds – and it’s looking for talented workers to fill all these newly added positions.

Whether it’s being a software developer, computer systems analyst or information security analyst, the Department of Labor predicts at minimum a 20 percent employment growth for each of these fields through 2022. For a software developer alone, both application developers and systems-focused developers, there will be nearly 140,000 brand new positions. That’s a lot of jobs in a sector that has habitually not had enough talent to fill all its open positions.

Are you looking to land one of those new positions but aren’t sure how to start? The best thing you can do is become certified. Certifications are a big deal in the IT field. Whether you’ve been working the field and want your skills accredited or are just getting started and want a solid foundation to springboard from, certs are the way to go. It proves your professional excellence and highlights your motivation to stay up to date on the latest technology.

Hoping to land U.S. News’ number one tech job, software development? Earning a CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI certification will make you a top candidate. As a software developer you’ll be spending a whole lot of time working with operating systems, the biggest and most universally used of which happens to be Linux. Earning a certification in Linux+, a CompTIA certification that is universally recognized, will make a world of difference when hunting for that dream software job.

Maybe you’re more interested in being a computer systems analyst – U.S. News’ second highest ranking tech job. The CompTIA Network+ certification is the way to go if you want to stand out from the crowd. As a systems analyst you’ll need the knowledge to understand the intricacies and interactions of computer systems and networks. Network+ certifies you to do all that and more, including security knowledge, troubleshooting and administering key systems. With the Network+ certification under your belt, you’re more than ready to be the best computer systems analyst you can be.

CompTIA has many more certifications to help you on your way to U.S. News’ other top tech jobs, including positions like information security analyst, IT manager and computer support specialist. Certifications such as CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Project+ andCompTIA A+ are accolades you’ll need if you’re serious about getting any of these high-growth IT jobs.

The 10 Highest Paying IT Certifications For 2015

Keep in mind that this was a nationwide survey; salaries vary by area and experience.

1. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)

What used to be the Information Systems Audit and Control Association now goes strictly by ISACA; they offer CRISC certification designed for IT professionals, project managers, and others whose job it is to identify and manage risks all the way through the process from design through setup to maintenance of the system. If it sounds complicated, it is; that’s why people with CRISC certification average $118,253 a year.

People who have this certification usually serve as audit managers, security directors, IT managers or consultants and they’ve all had hands-on experience with IT hardware. These people have to not only pass an exam, but have three years’ experience in a minimum of three areas that the exam covers—and it’s only given twice a year. One class won’t cut it for this certification; it takes years, but only 17,000 people have passed since 2010.

2. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

ISACA also created the CISM certification, but this one is geared toward the managers who implement IT and security policy, not the hands-on IT professional. Many people who receive this certification are security directors, managers, consultants and chief compliance officers. The CISM certification is globally recognized, so it means just as much in Berlin as in Silicon Valley.

ISACA requires proof of five years of work experience in the field of information security, with at least three years in the role of information security manager; additional ongoing education is also required. With only about 23,000 earning certification since 2002, it’s no wonder the average salary is $114,844 per year.

3. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

This certification is handled by ISACA too, and it’s been around since 1978. People whose job responsibilities include auditing, monitoring, controlling, and/or assessing IT and/or business systems are who CISA is targeted at, and it tests ability to manage vulnerabilities, ensure compliance with and propose controls, processes, and updates to a company’s policies, and ensure compliance with accepted IT and business standards.

To take the exam, candidates must have at least five years of experience in Internet security auditing, control, or security—but the payoff is an average salary of $112,040.

4. Six Sigma Green Belt

If you’re confused by the name, it’s understandable; Six Sigma’s certification program isn’t IT specific. It’s based on quality control, with a goal of no more than 3.4 defects per million “opportunities” or chances for a defect to occur, measure defects, analyze why the defect happened, and then fix the issue and repeat. Six Sigma teaches you how to improve existing processes and how to implement a system for new processes or major changes.

The certification demonstrates to potential employers that error-free work is important to you. Six Sigma isn’t owned by any one company, but usually the opening certification is Green Belt, followed by Black Belt and Master Black Belt. Professionals who have at least Green Belt status can average $109,165 per year.

5. Project Management Professional (PMP®)

The PMP certification isn’t specifically for IT either, but anyone who achieves this status will be on their way up to bigger and better things. Created by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), it is the most recognized project management certification available and the exam covers five areas relating to the lifecycle of a project: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing.

To be eligible for the exam, applicants need over 35 hours of PMP-related training along with 7,500 hours of project management experience (if they have less than a bachelor’s degree) or 4,500 hours of project management experience with a BA or higher. It takes years of training, but PMP-certified personnel can average $108,525 a year since it’s an impressive addition to the resume.

6. Certified Scrum Master

Yet another odd name pops up in the certification process—but it makes sense once explained. Scrum is a rugby term; it’s how a game is restarted after a minor rules violation or after the ball is no longer in play. Scrum, as it applies to software, refers to a client who has changed their mind midway through the process forcing the team to meet up all over again to fix the problem.

Normally there is only one project manager; however, the Scrum philosophy is that the problem is best solved by a team approach using people from different disciplines to achieve the goal. A Scrum Master protects the team from outside influences and acts as a buffer, but also chairs the meetings and urges people to do better. The duties of a project manager are split up among members of the team. Certification could mean an average yearly income of $107,396 once the needed classes have been taken from a certified Scrum trainer and the exam is passed.

7. Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer (CCEE)

Citrix is a company that provides server, application and desktop visualization to over 330,000 organizations, and it offers certification as a CCEE through a number of exams– the Citrix Certified Administrator (CCS) exams for XenApp 6, XenDesktop 5, and XenServer 6, the Citrix Certified Advanced Administrator (CCAA) for XenApp 6, and an engineering exam testing skills in implementing, securing, managing, monitoring, and troubleshooting a complete virtualization solution using Citrix products.

These exams are on their way out; people already certified in them are being prodded to take the exam for Citrix Certified Professional – Apps and Desktops (CCP-AD) which covers just XenDesktop. Still, the exams are available and with an average salary of $104,240 should not be dismissed out of hand.

8. Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) for Citrix NetScaler

Citrix is revamping their certifications across the board, and the CCA for their Netscaler system is being revised as well; CCA is not available for Netscaler 9, and the company has suggested those with a current certification should upgrade to the new Citrix Certified Professional – Networking (CCP-N). Those who are already certified can implement, manage, and optimize NetScaler’s networking performance as well as the ability to support app and desktop solutions, and make an average of $103,904 per year.

While the certification process is being changed, Citrix has created a webpage to help people evaluate and decide on which certification they need or want at

9. Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Yes, ethical hackers do exist and there’s even an official certification for them. The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) created CEH certification, and tests a candidate’s abilities to finds holes, weaknesses, flaws and vulnerabilities in a company’s network defenses using the same tools and techniques that hackers employ.

The difference in this case is that CEHs don’t attempt to cause harm or steal files; they find the flaws so companies can fix them. CEHs can make an average of $103,822 a year, but the demand for them is high so that number may go up.

10. ITIL v3 Foundation

In the 1980s, the British government decided to standardize IT management by compiling a set of best practices for aligning the services IT provides to the organization it serves. They called it the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL®) and it is a paper library; it’s a set of books that cover everything from availability and capacity management to change and incident management as well as application and IT operations management.

AXELOS is the governing body that defines the certification tiers, but they have accredited partners that develop training and certification around that framework. The Foundation certification is the entry-level one and covers the IT lifecycle, concepts and terminology surrounding it. Anyone wanting a higher-level certification must have this level first, so people may have higher certifications and still have listed this certification in the salary survey. The salary number drawn from the survey was $97,682.

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Harpy I.T. Solutions, based out of St. Louis metro area, is a subcontractor for Technique Solutions in support of the Joint Inter-agency Task Force – South, where we provide cyber network defense (CND) and  information assurance (IA) support.

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