Entering a new year provides a rare opportunity to take stock and set yourself meaningful goals for the future. And to do so effectively, you must look back at, and dissect, the themes of the year gone by, to identify where new opportunities lie. During 2013, I was struck by the continued encroachment of cybersecurity onto senior management’s radar and the emerging opportunities for engagement with other areas of the business. Combining these two issues to positive effect in 2014 should be a clear personal goal for a CIO.
Welcome to 2014. At the start of every new year, I find myself thinking back to some of the key themes that framed the year that has just passed, and what issues might crop up in the 12 months ahead. In reflecting on this, one point stood out for me: security and how it can personally affect CIOs more than they might think.
In fact, when the Oxford English Dictionary receives its customary update for the year, I wonder whether the words “cyber risk” and “cyber attack” will be formally adopted, so often were we confronted with them last year.
2013 was an eventful year as far as cybersecurity is concerned: from the rise of cyber attacks as a growing political theme, to a range of incidents involving the theft and loss of customer accounts, the domain of cyber risk is evolving steadily. Indeed, like it or not, how you manage cybersecurity is going to be one of the key parameters by which you might be judged this year.
We will see businesses from all sectors increasing their online presence and digital exposure, from using social media more broadly and shifting into the cloud, through to more widespread adoption of mobile devices and big data. All of this will drive great innovation, but will also inevitably leave companies more vulnerable to cyber attack.
I thought it would be helpful, therefore, to devote a few posts to the issue of cybersecurity, along with some guest bloggers. These won’t aim to come from a technical point of view, but rather reflect on some of the themes that tie security issues back to a CIO’s personal agenda – the core aim of this blog series overall. How it can make your career, or break it. How it can be a tool for shifting mind-sets and establishing new relationships. And how it all links back to trust.
I look forward to examining these topics in more detail, but for now, I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a happy (and secure) year ahead!
Uwe Michael Mueller