A CIO's Insights from the 2017 Gartner CIO Summit

Posted by Aleta Jeffress on 3/8/17 12:02 PM

Featured Guest Blog by: Aleta Jeffress, CIO of City of Aurora

A few weeks ago, Jeff Elliott discussed digital transformation and how that could impact your organization in 2017.  Digital transformation and key areas that accompany it were all topics at Gartner's CIO forum this past week.  My key takeaways from this year's CIO event include identifying the current trends for public sector/government to support digital evolution, and as a leader how to successfully navigate digital transformation in an organization. 

What are current trends for digital environments?  My first question is always how does IT align with and support the business?  According to Gartner, “Key government business trends include items such as citizen experience management, a data driven workforce, and institutional agility.”  The City of Aurora has efforts underway in each of these areas. 

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What Will Digital Transformation Mean to Your Organization in 2017?

Posted by Jeff Elliott on 2/23/17 1:40 PM

In 2016, the world of business witnessed huge innovations and technological advancements in digital transformation. For starters, the internet of things (IoT) was further developed and we saw organizations demonstrate creativity in the solutions they devised. From sensors to energy grids, many private and even public sector organizations utilized IoT in order to become “smarter.” Looking ahead, Oxford Economics estimates that just over $1 trillion (USD) will be spent in the global IoT market by 2019.

Business leaders also continued to further explore the relationship between data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI). In fact, in their 2017 Tech Trends publication, Deloitte predicts that the digital universe is expected to increase in size. Data space as large as 44 zettabytes – where one zettabyte is equal to one billion terabytes – will be common space. It does not stop here!

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Building the Momentum: Taking Action Towards Proactive Incident Response

Posted by Justin Rowe on 7/6/16 1:08 PM

To continue the IT Security Breach Trends conversation beyond our webinar discussion with my CenturyLink colleagues Tim Kelleher and Darnell Fatigati, all organizational team members must exercise habitual action to ensure proactive processes are planned, documented and executed around the IT and information security spectrum.  Lessons can be learned and metrics can actually be utilized with continued research and analysis of IT security studies consistently being released.  As mentioned during the webinar, the smallest of use cases implementing proactive incident detection and response can lead an organization in the right direction, especially with advanced persistent threats (APT) continuously evolving.  Expanding upon the first blog on this topic, enabling true innovation within and beyond the people, process and technology paradigm will allow organizations to stay on the forefront of threats and actors that could negatively impact any organization. 

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Shifting the Focus: Proactive Action to Cybersecurity Preparedness

Posted by Justin Rowe on 6/17/16 8:24 AM

According to the 2015 Cost of Data Breach Study by IBM and the Ponemon Institute, “The average total cost of a data breach for 350 companies studied increased from $3.52 to $3.79 million.  The average cost paid for each lost or stolen record containing sensitive and confidential information increased from $145 in 2014 to $154 in this year’s study.”  As metrics such as these continue to be released within a multitude of Cybersecurity surveys, organizations must identify ways to exercise proactive diligence around Cybersecurity defense, detection and response.  To get some of these actions going, organizations are requesting additional funding and resources to increase the IT security posture around people, processes and technology.

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