Securing the company’s data is one of the primary jobs of the CIO. As the importance of information technology grows and more and more of our data moves into the cloud, keeping that data out of the hands of hackers is becoming a bigger and bigger issue.
As CIOs go looking for solutions to this problem, what they are discovering is that perhaps the perfect solution already exists. Like maybe it was created back in the 1950s.
Yes, I’m talking about storing your precious data on magnetic tape once again.
I think that we can all agree that keeping the company’s network secure is one of the CIO's most important tasks. However, no matter how many firewalls we put in place or how effectively we implement two-factor authentication we still need to understand the weakest link in our security system: our employees.
What this means for a CIO is that we are responsible for training our staff to not make silly security mistakes. How best to go about doing this?
We had better come up with a good solution otherwise all of the fancy security tools in the world won’t be keeping the bad guys out.
If you were the CIO of a major bank responsible for the importance of information technology, what do you think that your #1 job responsibility would be? If you are guessing “keep the bank’s systems secure” then good news, you’d be close, but you’d still be missing the point.
It turns out that a bank’s CIO’s most important job is ensuring that the people who have trusted the bank with their money are able to both see and access it.
Over at the major American bank, Wells Fargo, their CIO has just dropped the ball and their IT systems were down for two days. This means that people could not access their money. Not a good scenario.