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What is the role of the CIO and the IT function in the future

The role of the CIO and IT in the future is a rapid proactive force ‘joined at the hip’ with the General Manager to make consistently high-quality business decisions through analytical expertise that produces decision-relevant information.

The CIO role is one that requires multi and cross-functional skills sets to lead and manage change using project management enablers. It is a problem-solving function and is visible throughout the organization, a strong can-do attitude with a balance of being the conscience of the company.
The IT applications have moved away from transaction processing and month-end ‘backward-looking’ close processes. Instead strategic information processing is used as a tool to improve and grow the business, while managing risk and controls.

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10 actions that a CIO or CSO can take to protect data assets

10 actions that a CIO or CSO can take to protect data assets:

  1. Instill on all employees that they are the first line of defense when it comes to data protection and data security.
  2. Develop and implement specific policies and procedures regarding the handling of proprietary or sensitive information.
  3. Validate that the policies and procedures meet all industry and mandate compliance requirements.
  4. Improve training and require all employees to take.
  5. Maintain a tight control on all data assets and ensure only the minimum necessary access to the information.
  6. Require all passwords be changed frequently and not be repeated.
  7. Communicate, enforce and apply consistent sanctions for information privacy or security violations.
  8. Monitor employee activity both on PCs and mobile devices.
  9. Ensure adequate oversight or governance of information security programs.
  10. Have independent 3rd parties test the data protection and data security compliance practices

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CIO Management and best practices are defined on the Janco blog

CIO concerns are constantly changing but the solutions are always centered around three factors: technology, infrastructure and people

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Current CIO Articles and posting on the Janco blog (blog.e-janco.com)

  1. Top 10 CIO concerns Top 10 CIO concerns for the New Year Top 10 CIO concerns – Janco Associates has just completed an informal survey of 75 CIOs and...
  2. Top 10 steps to an effective IT organization Top 10 rules of the road for CIOs when creating IT organizations Top 10 rules of the road for CIOs as they build a modern...
  3. Mobilizing Smartphones is a Challenge Mobilizing Smartphones is a very difficult job according to  CIOs Mobilizing applications for employees to use on their Smartphones sure sounds like a fun idea....
  4. Many CIOs have not addressed cloud security issues Less than 50% of all organizations have policies in place that for vetting cloud computing applications for possible security risks before deploying them. The number...
  5. Top 10 indicators that you are about to be fired Top 10 indicators that you are about to be fired Circumstance often make CIO and It Managers oblivious to the clues they are about to be...
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A trick to improve security to software idenitied

A trick to improve security to software idenitied

Security PoliciesA good way to make software more secure is to implement revisions so frequent that attackers don’t have time to figure out where the vulnerabilities are before the potential attack surface has morphed to something else.

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Also, network defenders need to take advantage of the honeymoon effect, where new software goes unmolested for a period after it is issued while adversaries analyze it for flaws. With frequent revisions, software is never in place long enough to fall prey to exploits and old exploits are less likely to have an impact.

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Proposed legislation will weaken data security and breach notification laws


Proposed legislation will weaken data security and breach notification laws

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The Data Security and Breach Notification Act, approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, would pre-empt stronger breach notification laws in several states and would eliminate data protections of telecom account records.

The bill is weaker than the data security and breach notification standards that consumers currently enjoy under stronger state laws and existing federal law.

The legislation would require businesses across the U.S. to notify affected customers after a data breach is headed toward a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives even though the bill will actually weaken protections for consumers.

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