Companies will scrutinize CIOs' ability to deliver financial results, flexibility, and an effective hybrid work strategy
The tech leaders who spent 2021 focused on business acceleration will now be tasked with guiding business transformation.
2020 cemented the role of the CIO as a savvy business advisor. CEOs see CIOs and CTOs as the most critical executives over the next few years because of the connections they can provide, an IBM survey of 3,000 CEOs found.
Companies are expecting CIOs to advise, and execute in the new year. A more efficient organization awaits through automation and hybrid work technology implementations, two tasks squarely under the purview of CIOs. By 2024, Gartner expects these developments to lead nearly one-third of corporate teams to operate without a boss.
How can IT leaders drive transformation while continuing to deliver high-quality software and maintaining security? Consider these DevSecOps strategies
Modern software leaders are all too familiar with the concept of moving the goalpost. The business demands they deliver new features faster, and when they do, the feature must then be compatible across platforms.
These days, the goalpost has moved again: Now the business wants quality software quickly -and they want it to be free of critical vulnerabilities, compliant with data privacy laws, and easily adaptable to new requirements the business demands in response to the market.
If the CISO is responsible for the security of the organization, then that same person also should be responsible for both security and IT infrastructure.
Enterprises are facing a conundrum at the top of the cybersecurity chain.
CISOs, who oversee the network, have the primary responsibility for security, but they often lack visibility into the infrastructure and the business-critical data that is fast becoming the favored targets of cyberattackers. The CIO, who has overseen the under-the-hood development of that targeted infrastructure, is inherently better able to understand the vulnerabilities and the gaps in visibility that malicious actors are likely to exploit.
With data breaches on track to reach all-time high, chief information security officers (CISOs) are on alert to find blind spots in IT infrastructures and mitigate risks to keep their organizations safe
Recent high-profile attacks should be enough warning for companies to take action, yet a report from Deloitte shows that cybersecurity gets a little over 10% of overall IT budgets. Without the proper resources, CISOs can't effectively protect companies from threats - but when a company is attacked, CISOs are often the first to get blamed.
To get the assets needed for CISOs to properly do their jobs, business leaders need to invest time, attention, and money in cybersecurity. Here are helpful ways that CISOs can discuss cybersecurity with their C-suite and board members.
As interest in environmental, social, and governance issues increases among investors, business partners, consumers, and employees, CISOs will need to shape their security and risk strategies to align with the organization's ESG objectives. It's another step in the progression of the CISO role.
Matthew Miller, a principal in Cyber Services at KPMG, had a first-of-its-kind request from a client CISO this past year:
The CISO wanted advice on responding to a board member's question about his views on ESG and whether he was focused on it.
It was a first for the CISO as well, Miller says.
Miller says he soon realized that this CISO was one of a small, but growing, number of security leaders becoming involved in their organization's ESG work.
Chase CIO talks about how his bank trains its engineers to make use of the cloud, machine learning, and other resources to adapt to consumer demand.
The world of banking and finance faces aggressive change in innovation, increasing the need to adapt to new evolutionary cycles in financial technology. As customers want more resources and guidance with their finances, institutions such as JPMorgan Chase must nimbly respond in a way that belies their large size.
Gill Haus, CIO of consumer and community banking (Chase) at JPMorgan Chase, spoke with InformationWeek about his institution's approach to finding the right tech talent to meet demands for innovation, the growing importance of automation, and the personal directives he follows.
Technology is no longer the main focus for CIOs when it comes to ensuring resilience for their organization - preparing for the future of work must be top of mind.
Organizations have traditionally relied on CIOs as technology experts, but most organizations have reached the point where their IT is already bulletproof and robust. Now, lingering repercussions from the pandemic are pushing CIOs to think and act through a more strategic and human-centric lens to support resilience in their organizations.
The last 18 months have demonstrated that many work assumptions are begging for reinvention. Some enterprise leaders are hesitant to evolve their work model for fear that it will put business outcomes at risk, but returning to old ways is riskier than reinventing work.
Over time, the state of cybersecurity evolves. New threats emerge, but so do new security technologies. As encryption has become more prevalent, many threats that were once serious have been diminished
Other attacks that were performed once or twice as a proof of concept never evolved into the widespread threat that we were warned they could. Your online safety practices should make you feel safe and comfortable. But there's real value in knowing which threats are serious, and which ones are mostly hot air. Sophos Home debunks five common cybersecurity myths.
Digital transformation is as much about people as technology. As you focus your digital initiatives in the coming year, consider how these pivotal groups of people can support your progress
Is digital transformation dead? Overhyped? Still just a buzzword?
Not by a long shot.
Forrester says organizations will continue with their transformation initiatives well into 2022. But while 2021 focused on short-term goals, 2022 will see digital transformation leaders focus on long-term challenges and leverage a customer-obsessed approach to technology. Future-fit companies - ones that are adaptive, creative, and resilient - are known to outperform their peers.
Major fines are possible for those not up to speed
The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said it will come after companies that fail to secure their customers' data and endpoints, by patching Log4j flaws on time.
The FTC said that such businesses are looking at a scenario similar to the Equifax 2019 settlement, where the company was forced to pay out $700 million for exposing customer data.
Check out these five thought-provoking HBR articles, curated especially for CIOs and IT leaders
Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our resource library with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly. Check out the curated pieces below, available to readers through the end of the month.
- The 4 tiers of digital transformation
- Before saying "yes" to a job, consider company culture
- How to do hybrid right
- Why do so many strategies fail
- Build a better dashboard for your agile project
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