Increasing Cybersecurity Requires Organizations to Collaborate

Dateline: April 13, 2018 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. It's becoming increasingly clear that one 'feature' of our business environment is making it possible for the cyber-criminals to be successful:  Our public and private organizations are hesitant to collaborate and work together.  Our competitive business ecosystem, regulations, … [Read more...]

GDPR as a Forcing Function for Things That Should Have Happened Already

Dateline: April 6, 2018 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. This week we saw new announcements of data breaches affecting millions of individuals.  Delta, Sears, and Under Armor all reported hacks that impact information privacy, highlighting the fact that for just about every company, the question is not "if" but "when" they are hacked.  … [Read more...]

AI Disrupts Competencies Needed for Leadership

Dateline: February 16, 2018 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. Leadership as we know it today is soon to be a thing of the past...or is it?  As technologies take over more of the decision making activity, based on data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence advances, visionaries are seeing changes in the role of leaders, too. … [Read more...]

The Count and Cybersecurity

Dateline: January 26, 2018 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. This week I'm teaching a short course at MIT on the managing and leading cybersecurity.  One key theme of this program is the importance of managing the people in the ecosystem since it's been observed over and over that the human risk is significant (and possibly much larger … [Read more...]

Balancing Innovation and Cybersecurity

Dateline: January 19, 2018 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. Balancing innovation and cybersecurity can be a challenge.  Product design prioritization means that that difficult decisions have to be made about what to include in the design, and often cybersecurity is not above the cut line.  Recently, TechTarget interviewed Alissa … [Read more...]

Executive Mistakes After a Data Breach

Dateline: January 12, 2018 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. We have a long way to go before we can be sure our data and systems are secure.  In the meantime, executives can take some comfort in knowing that many before them have had to made tough decisions to both protect and recover from sever cyber attacks.  Harvard Business Review … [Read more...]

The 10 IT Principles That Have Stood the Test of Time

Dateline: January 5, 2018 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. To start out the new year, we thought it would be interesting to think about how some things never change in the IT world.  A nice blog by CIO Magazine Columnist Bob Lewis reminds us that there are still some key principles that all IT strategic plans must follow.  In his … [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...]

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...]

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...]