“Do more with less – and do it better, too!” Federal CIOs are all too familiar with this edict. IT efficiency and cost reduction are both uppermost in importance these days and CIOs must figure out how to achieve them. However, IT efficiency isn’t just about getting better productivity from resources. It’s about making sure those improved returns contribute to the mission success of the organizations, too. Controls for IT efficiency and cost reduction must be designed to work together from the outset.
Hackers and IT security vendors have never had it so good. High-profile data breaches such as those of Anthem and Target, ransomware attacks on hospitals and the theft of $100 million from the Bangladesh Central Bank show how hackers are making their money. To combat this, IT security vendors are selling more sophisticated products to help protect clients. With more threats and more products, where does that leave the federal CIO who wants to know how security in 2017 and beyond will play out?