Monday’s News Roundup

Pay for both certified and non-certified skills rose unexpectedly in the second quarter, but researcher Foote Partners expects the job market’s volatility to continue. [eWeek]

A caution when you’re networking: Be aware of social engineering attacks on… you. As VentureBeat says, social engineering "is the (morally vague) art of tricking someone out of their company’s technical secrets just by talking to them." During a contest at Defcon, employees of firms like Google and Apple spilled without realizing they’d been targeted. [VentureBeat]

Harris Corp. will create 100 tech jobs in Virginia as it expands its cybersecurity business. Most of the new positions will be in Harrisonburg, located southwest of Washington, D.C. The company already has more than 1,900 employees in Virginia, most in Lynchburg and the northern part of the state. [Virginia Business]

Illustrating how tight the market is for companies seeking cybersecurity experts, Belcamp, Md.-based SafeNet has managed to find only four people this year to fill 100 consultant openings.  [Baltimore Sun]

OneRiot, a social search site, announced layoffs as part of a restructuring. Co-founder Robert Reich is leaving the company, while chief executive Kimbal Musk becomes chairman and Tobias Peggs becomes CEO. [TechCrunch]

The California Tri-Caucus
, a group representing the state’s Asian Pacific Islander, Latino and Black legislative caucuses, wants Attorney General Jerry Brown to ask the Justice Department to release hiring data from major tech companies in Silicon Valley. The companies – Apple, Yahoo, Google, Applied Materials and Oracle –  have sought to keep the data confidential. [Mercury News]

— Mark Feffer

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