CFO Perspective: Undervaluing Cybersecurity

Dateline: November 17, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. For the past couple of blogs, we have been focused on the CFO's role in cybersecurity.   In this week's Friday WRAP, we share an article from CFO.com which published an opinion piece about viewing cybersecurity as a valuation issue.  The article, Why Cybersecurity is … [Read more...]

The CFO’s Role in Cybersecurity- Part 2

Dateline: November 10, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. As mentioned last week,  I'll be moderating a session on cybersecurity at the MIT CFO Summit and this prompted me to dig deeper into the CFO's role in cybersecurity.  In an interview with Steffan Tomlinson, CFO of Palo Alto Networks, titled Why Cybersecurity Should Be the … [Read more...]

CFO’s Role in Cybersecurity- Part 1

Dateline: November 3, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. In a few weeks, I'll be moderating a session on cybersecurity at the MIT CFO Summit.  This prompted me to dig deeper into the CFO angle of cybersecurity.  What does a CFO need to know and Is there a specific CFO role in cybersecurity (other than that of every employee--to be a … [Read more...]

Offensive and Defensive Cybersecurity

Dateline: October 27, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. The complexity of being cyber-resiliant can be overwhelming.  Knowing what to do, and how much is enough is difficult to figure out for almost everyone.  Recently author Michael Lewis, the CIO at Copper State published an opinion piece at Information Management about a … [Read more...]

Expensive Myths About Big Data

Dateline: October 20, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. In a world of increasing dependence on data and the data-driven decisions that result, there are still many misconceptions that can send managers off in the wrong direction and cost an organization big bucks.  Mark Wilczek, a digital strategist blogger, recently wrote a blog … [Read more...]

Treating Colleagues with Kindness Generates Huge Returns

Dateline: October 13, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. In a society where daily we are confronted with statements of criticism that increase our stress and uncertainty, a recent Harvard Business Review article caught my attention because of it's focus on civility.  These researchers found that treating colleagues with kindness and … [Read more...]

Machine Learning Meets Star Trek

Dateline: October 6, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. There is a lot of hype about the brave new world possible with machine learning, and it's getting harder to separate the hype from reality.  Machine learning is a lot of things, and it's been around (in various other forms) for a very long time.  Today we see a convergence of … [Read more...]

Boards Are Interested in Cybersecurity Too

Dateline: September 29, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. With all the media attention focused on recent cyber events, it's no wonder our Boards are getting involved.  Certainly a catastrophic event such as Equifax experienced recently shows Board leaders that a large vulnerability might exist in their company.  Making sure these … [Read more...]

Cybersecurity: Don’t Leave the Keys Under the Mat

Dateline: September 22, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. With information security in the headlines over the past few weeks, it's also time to remind ourselves that all the technology in the world won't help our organizations be cyber resilient if the people in the organization inadvertaintly create vulnerabilities.  That was the … [Read more...]

Equifax’s Reminder: European GDPR On the Horizon

Dateline: September 15, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. The barrage of articles about Equifax reminds us that our data is not protected, even when we think it is.  As this breach becomes better understood, it raises all types of questions such as how do we protect ourselves? to who would do this? to what is the liability? to will … [Read more...]