In 2018, as many people have predicted, we have seen explosive commercial growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable technologies. This has created an opportunity for cyber attackers to ply their trade and a new term – ‘Ransomwear’ – has been coined (see recent Symantec research on this). This can be understood as malware delivered through social engineering or pushed directly onto a wearable device.
There is some form of management reality beyond the “100 days” journalistic cliché: How does an incoming executive make an impact in a new role? What are the real timeframes to look at, and what can be expected and over what horizon? What are the key issues that should raise a red flag during the first few months in a new senior position? and those which can be ignored?
It’s another milestone in the race to artificial superintelligence:
A study conducted by legal AI platform LawGeex in consultation with law professors from Stanford University, Duke University School of Law, and the University of Southern California, pitted twenty experienced lawyers against an AI trained to evaluate legal contracts. Their 40-page report details how AI has overtaken top lawyers in accurately spotting risks in everyday business contracts.
Building an environment for success
Digital transformation is a buzzword that has increasingly been doing the rounds in business circles. The reality is that almost every true business ‘transformation’ taking place at the moment involves a large amount of digitising a process or stored information. If you’ve still got stacks of paper in filing cabinets, it’s guaranteed you’re not far off from a digital transformation.
The need for culture change
Through this series, we have examined how an incoming CISO can create the conditions to truly make a difference in their new job.
Of course, as we stated in the introductory article, all companies are different from one another and so are most individuals. Each will be at their particular stage in terms of security or managerial maturity.
Three misconceptions and one key tip.
No industry is immune to disruption. Are your competitors doing an "Uber"? Are the likes of Amazon, Apple or Google moving in on your territory in Finance, Telecoms, Transportation or Home accessories? And how about those AI's that are replacing accountants, lawyers and doctors?
Part 4 — What do we want?
This is the point when you really get stuck in. By now, you would have been in the new CISO job for about 2 months and it should start to feel less and less like a new job. Of course, this is not really about 100 days, and you should also start to realise it.
There’s an ever-increasing trend nowadays to put focus on the ultimate ‘buzzword’ – DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION. I often share or post articles on the subject, but I’ve never actually put down my own personal experience and recommendations on the subject matter. So here it goes…
88% organisations are undergoing digital transformation BUT just 25% understand what it really means. Many companies mistake digital transformation as synonymous with AI, IoT, Blockchain, Deep Learning, Virtual Reality or any other new age technology. As predictions abound that machines will run the world in the future, it’s no surprise then that the most crucial element, people, is often subsumed to give technology a larger-than-life image.