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Five Books Every MSIT Student Should Read

As the world becomes more reliant on information and technology, so does the need for accurate information specialists dedicated to helping organizations stay up-to-date on what’s new in the world of programming, data science, networking, and cybersecurity. And in such a rapidly evolving career space like information technology, you must stay informed on changing trends and new concepts as an IT professional. Your ongoing personal and professional development is just as important as your educational coursework. Luckily, we have the perfect resources for you to do this! Whether you’re looking to learn about new technologies or expand your skills as an IT professional, here are a few book recommendations to get you started. 

1. Blockchain for Business by Jai Singh Arun, Jerry Cuomo, and Nitin Gaur 

Written by former IBM Enterprise Blockchain experts, Blockchain for Business explores how blockchain technology has evolved and been implemented across various industries. Focusing on how blockchains have become a staple in public and private sectors, this book seeks to educate readers on how to effectively create blockchains for their systems and provide practical steps to implement blockchain solutions for organizations seeking security for their infrastructures. If you’re interested in a future career as an IT support specialist, this book offers highly practical knowledge and context to jump into this new, growing technology field. Check out this book today and see how you can become better versed in blockchain technology. 

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2. The Cybersecurity Playbook: How Every Leader and Employee Can Contribute to a Culture of Security by Allison Cerra

Allison Cerra, the senior vice president, and chief marketing officer at cybersecurity giant McAfee, gives readers an inside scoop on the frequency of cyber attacks on businesses. Providing insight into how organizations can better protect themselves from these types of attacks, Cerra offers some practical play-by-play advice on assessing threats, identifying vulnerabilities, and responding when an attack occurs. This book is a must-read if you are interested in learning about the evolving world of cyber attacks. 

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3. Business Knowledge Blueprints: Enabling Your Data to Speak the Language of the Business by Ronald G. Ross

Known as the father of business rules, Ronald G. Ross writes about the recurring issues faced by data analysts and executive leaders regarding the communicative language of data. Understanding that data can be interpreted in many ways, Ross explains how organizations should collectively work together to build systems proficient in their language. This book is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in learning about business transformations and wanting to understand the importance of data’s power throughout an organization. Whether you go into the public or private sector, you should consider reading this book to better equip you on what executives understand about data technology and how you can facilitate a better two-way conversation. 

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4. Navigating the Labyrinth: An Executive Guide to Data Management by Laura Sebastian-Coleman

In Navigating the Labyrinth, data quality director at Prudential Financial, Laura Sebastian-Coleman, explains the great need for companies to get value from their data. Recognizing that data can seem obscure and highly technical, Coleman provides easy-to-understand explanations of the best practices and fundamental tips for building your knowledge of data and getting the best ROI for your organization. This book is perfect if you are interested in learning about data comprehension and information. 

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5. Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems by Betsy Beyer, Niall Richard Murphy, Jennifer Petoff, Chris Jones

Ever wondered how vast Google’s software system is? Well, you’re in luck. Written by former Google Reliability Team members, Site Reliability Engineering documents each team member’s insight into how Google successfully deploys and maintains the world’s latest software system in a series of collected essays and articles. This book is ideal for software engineers wanting to make their systems more applicable and reliable. Get your copy today and see how Google became what it is and whether you could see yourself working there someday! 

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These are just a few books to point you in the right direction to start learning more about the field of information technology. If you want to learn more and accelerate your career in this booming industry, check out ACU Online’s Master of Science in Information Technology program. Call us today at 855-219-7300 or visit our website for more information.

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