The latest IT hiring Index and Skills Report is showing some promise for the high tech industry through early next year, with 10 percent of companies saying they expected to increase hiring during the first quarter of 2012. Meanwhile, the news is also good for IT workers in Indiana, after a new grant promised to create jobs and research for faster computer networks.

According to the new survey of chief information officers across the country, networking and IT security professionals will be in the greatest demand with almost three-quarters of those asked saying they were having a difficult time finding skilled professionals.

Meanwhile, the University of Indiana (IU) has been chosen to receive four grants totaling $2.3 million from the National Science Foundation to lead research to develop faster and cheaper computer networks.

Dave Jent, vice president of networks at IU, said the federal funds will be used to help retain and attract more IT talent to the state.

"It is this expertise in and commitment to networking that allows us to attract millions of federal grant dollars to Indiana, creating jobs and building better networks to support quality education and economic development," Jent added.

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