Digital Transformation and Its Impact on Cybersecurity

Posted by Justin Rowe on 6/1/17 1:10 PM

It seems like the last few years, organizations small and large have been undertaking some sort of digital transformation initiative.  This can be in the form of improving the customer experience at a physical shopping location using interactive technology or designing of new processes to optimize monitoring and performance of tasks through a mobile application.  Organizational customers, whether internal or external, can reap the benefits of using these new digital technologies to increase effectiveness and/or efficiency towards tasks being performed to produce a desired result.  Designing technology features and supporting processes that customers demand, comes with the potential of increasing risk across areas of the business that are unexpected. 

As enterprises look to become more agile and predictive, increase revenues, target new audiences and introduce new products through the performance of a digital transformation initiative, they must weigh the costs and benefits around the spectrum of Cybersecurity.  The process of continuous Cybersecurity use case development during a Digital Transformation can help enable the success of the program, protecting critical information and the technologies used to drive the transformation.

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Visualizing the Future of Technology - Reflections from the Colorado IT Symposium

Posted by Amy Fowler Stadler on 5/4/17 12:00 PM

I recently had the opportunity to both attend and speak at this year’s 2017 Colorado IT Symposium.  Every time I have the opportunity to be in a room of hundreds of technology leaders, I feel the buzz and appreciate the connections I make.  These types of events are great to sharpen our thoughts on where the industry is going and to continuously learn in a crowd format.  I mean you can only read so many trade rags, Twitter feeds and LinkedIn stories before you want to actually talk to someone face to face! 

What follows are my takeaways from the event. 

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5 Secrets to CIO Visioning Success

Posted by Amy Fowler Stadler on 4/13/17 12:00 PM

This past year, we created our CIO Visioning practice within our Technology Enablement capability.  As a result, I have had the opportunity to go through the visioning session with quite a few CIOs.  Each time, they tend to have at least one epiphany, usually tied to their team.  

Looking back, I now have had a few epiphanies of my own. I think there are five key themes that continue to bubble to the top of these sessions for me.

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Cybersecurity in the Oil and Gas Industry

Posted by Kevin Lewis on 3/15/17 12:00 PM

Many leaders in every industry today are rightfully concerned with the growing cybersecurity threat.

One vertical, the oil and gas industry, faces unique cybersecurity challenges. The distributed ownership and operational nature of the industry infrastructure has led to wide differences in the application of security management practices. This, combined with the general industry image problems, media focus, and potential for large scale disruption, makes the industry in general a tempting target to cyber threats. The industry ranks number two behind utility companies for certain types of cyber-attacks and according to General Keith Alexander, retired Director of the National Security Agency, “41% of malicious attacks reported to the DHS were focused on the energy sector making it a prime target of such attacks.” Attacks can include targeting proprietary data, production disruptions and theft of employee and customer sensitive data.

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