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OUTLOOK 2013 - ILLUSTRATION: Skip Sterling

Best IT resolutions for 2013

Here are 8 suggested New Year's resolutions that could boost your career prospects.

By , Network World
January 02, 2013 06:03 AM ET

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"We hope to have better sales forecasting," Keefe added.

8. Measure IT system configuration compliance.

Cybersecurity expert Alan Paller has one simple suggestion for IT professionals who want to improve their organization's network security in 2013: Measure whether your IT systems are configured correctly. Paller, who is the director of research for the SANS Institute, recommends that companies use a tool such as Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to determine whether corporate systems are configured correctly, properly patched and using the most recent versions of operating system software. "If you can get people to measure configuration compliance, they will be shocked by what they find," Paller says. "You've got to measure it in order to fix it....Measurement is the way to get things done."

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