IMA Moments

Networking Best Practices

Marc Gerrone, IMA’s senior director of communications and public relations, stresses the importance of working to expand your network of professional contacts, encourages you to take advantage of as many networking opportunities as possible, and offers best-practice tips to further your career.

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August Computer Birthdays

Two of the most significant computing developments share birthdates in the same month. The IBM PC was born 40 years ago in August, and the Linux operating system first appeared 30 years ago, also in late summer, August 25. Their combined impact on the computing world is almost incalculable.

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Two Amazing Days in July

Developments in technology are happening at an accelerating pace, and inattention can be costly for investors, early adapters, and those taking a serious look at AI and quantum computing. Of interest to all were two dramatic announcements in July 2021 from Google and the researchers at DeepMind.

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Lessons from My Career in Finance Research

Raef Lawson, IMA’s professor-in-residence and VP of research and policy, reflects on his career working in academia, not-for-profits, and private-sector roles in finance. He offers career advice, stressing the importance of expanding your skill set, problem solving, and following your passion.

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An Invitation to Hack a Satellite

Companies hire professional security concerns to do frequent penetration testing of their systems. But the U.S. Air Force, beginning in 2019, has chosen instead to offer cash awards to thousands of hacker teams to try and penetrate its satellite systems at the annual DEF CON hacker convention.

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Designing Safe Robotics

We have robots that are capable of all kinds of work from picking orders in a warehouse to becoming a surgeon’s hands during knee surgery. But as you ask them to provide humanlike services, the difficulties increase exponentially and their own development can slow to a crawl for some prototypes.

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Communication, Collaboration, Connection

Jodi Ryan, director of member engagement at IMA, offers lessons of adaptability and resilience for young and seasoned professionals alike after she gained a new perspective on how important communication, collaboration, and connection are while working remotely during the pandemic.

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Ransomware, Inc. in 2021

Ransomware poses a serious threat to individuals and institutions, and the bad guys are now organizing to maximize profits. The growth in RaaS (ransomware as a service), offering the malware to any who want to rent it on commission, is getting a boost from dark web, VC-style investing.

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The Web’s Cartographer

Martin Vargic’s latest Map of the Internet has a data designer’s global view of the whole sprawling universe of networks, plus answers to what’s the most popular website, the most expensive domain name, the top channels on YouTube, and how much time people in the Netherlands spend online.

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Multinationals vs. Not-for-Profits

Juliana Donegan, director of acquisition marketing at IMA, analyzes the similarities and differences of working at large for-profit companies such as Western Union and others compared to working at a not-for-profit organization, with advice for navigating a career path based on her own experiences.