I read an excellent article earlier this month on Forbes in which Revlon’s CIO talks about simplifying IT to more quickly deliver new capabilities that not only support the business, but to actually DRIVE the business. CIOs bridge technology and business and can uniquely set the enterprise on a path to greater success.
In CIO’s State of the CIO 2013, the top four priorities for IT executives and business decision-makers were aligned:
So it’s a good sign that CIOs and the business are more aligned than ever before, BUT security MUST be included in this discussion – as it is an integral part of the IT team – and not left as an afterthought. Security plays a very important role in driving the business because security can either impact the business positively or negatively. Streamlining and standardizing IT and security processes and systems can not only save money, but ultimately deliver services much more quickly and in turn help the business run and grow! In fact, in our State of Network Security Survey 2013, process was reported as the greatest challenge of managing network security devices. Here are a couple of ways to get on the path to driving business agility through IT security simplicity:
Revlon’s CIO said it really well: “We do what the business needs – only faster, cheaper and better.” The only thing I would add is “in a secure manner”. In addition to the above ideas, last year on this blog we posted an article on 4 Ways to Persuade Upper Management that Business Agility Can Be Improved through Information Security.What other strategies and tactics should be included to simplify information security and to ultimately drive business agility?
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