There are a lot of bad guys out there. For some odd reason, a lot of them seem to want to break into your company's networks and applications. As the CIO, it's your job to make sure that this does not happen. Got any thoughts on how to go about doing that?
What you'll find inside:
CIOs need to learn how to defend against the insider threat
Why BYOD spells doom for CIOs
Do we really need to encrypt our customer data?
Three ways to get your company to take digital security seriously
As much as we like to spend our time looking outwards in order to detect the next threat that our company may be facing, perhaps we're looking in the wrong direction. Just as important may be the insider threat that lurks within the company. No matter where it comes from, cybercrime is your problem to deal with.
CIOs have to deal with trends as they come and go. Right now the Bring Your Own Device to Work (BYOD) phase is in full swing and if you aren't careful could cause a lot of problems for the IT department. At the same time, it's the code that your teams create that will secure your applications. Do you know if they are writing secure code or are they leaving doors wide open?
In order to measure where the threats are coming from and how big of deal they are, CIOs need to become comfortable with measuring the level of risk that they are dealing with. A big part of measuring risk is getting information about threats from other CIOs. This can be difficult to do because CIOs really don't like to share information like this.
Since we can't always be certain that we can keep the bad guys out, we need to make sure that we've taken the needed steps to secure our networks. Should they happen to get inside of the company, we need to take extra steps to make sure that they can't get what they came for.
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