Cutting the Cost of a Data Breach

The numbers are terrifying: IBM and the Ponemon Institute say the average cost of a corporate data breach is now $3.92 million per incident. Digital Guardian says the costs are harder to quantify, changing by industry and ranging from $1.25 to $8.19 million.   But the latest studies show data breaches are gifts that keep on giving; much of the cost associated with these incidents occur even years… Read More »

An AFAC Thanksgiving

The Blackstone’s DC team spent the morning volunteering at the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) in South Arlington, VA. The team got the opportunity to hand out food tickets, package food to be ready for distribution, and pre-prep Thanksgiving Day food for many of the 2,400 families who receive food from AFAC each week. The… Read More »

Taking Advantage of the Tight Labor Market

Attention employees – in a tight labor market, you have the upper hand. At least for as long as the labor market remains at historically low levels. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that unemployment is still around 3.9% and in 2018 wages went up a bit. This means the American worker can expect employers… Read More »

How to Identify a High Performing Tech Candidate in the Interview

A developer can do well on a coding test, but stymie a project because of their arrogance. A project manager can have all the skills on paper but fail to deploy on the ground. UX designers can have a great portfolio but push too hard for their vision without taking into account the end-user. These… Read More »

The Flying Purple Unicorn Myth

Written By: Mike Nicholas – Strategic Growth Director Every Manager wants them.  The ‘rock stars’, the ‘studs’, the playfully-phrased and enigmatic ‘Flying Purple Unicorns’ of the working marketplace.  Dozens of Manager man-hours go into developing the perfect job descriptions, technical interview questions, and strict evaluation criteria for identifying, capturing, and hiring this mythical beast.  The… Read More »

5 Reasons Why Recruiters Can Boost Your Job Search

Recruiters are a job-seekers best resource. We’re not sharing this because we’re in the staffing business, either. Landing the right job is a game of numbers, and the numbers show that 80% of jobs are not posted online. In addition to connecting you with jobs before they hit the market, how can recruiters help your… Read More »

Does Your Culture Attract Millennials?

AARP says every day, 10,000 baby boomers reach retirement age. That leaves companies with a lot of young talent waiting in the wings. Forbes says 86 million millennials will be in the workplace next year; that’s 40% of the workforce. How businesses will reach out to generation Y, more commonly known as the millennial population,… Read More »

How to Manage Remote Developers

One of the biggest benefits of today’s virtual work environments is that our hiring isn’t limited by geography. This is particularly enticing when building software teams. The developer market is increasingly tight, so finding local talent with a specialized set of skills is extremely difficult. But if you can search nationally or even globally for… Read More »

Find Your Next Job on Social Media

It would be highly unusual if you didn’t understand the importance of social media today. The nightly news talks about Twitter and most Americans spend time every day on some form of social media, whether it’s the old standby Facebook, Instagram, or something else. But what you might not be aware of is that social… Read More »

Got Cloud?

Blackstone participated in ISACA’s Cloud Computing Conference yesterday in Arlington, VA.   As migrating to the cloud is becoming a ‘when’ and not an ‘if’ for most organizations, it’s exciting to see the various cloud deployment strategies organizations are deploying. And the advancement in DevOps to mature to a true DevSecOps software delivery framework –… Read More »