“It is a CIO’s responsibility to facilitate how people of the organization need to adopt itself to the digital culture which is the new way of doing business”
President – IT & Digitization - India Power Corporation
Key priorities for 2021
“Doing digital” refers to bringing digital technology to its organization for benefits while “being digital” is its adoption in day to day affairs. Adoption of such digital culture is an important step in digital transformation. CIOs today are faced with this added responsibility of taking the organization to higher adoption so that benefits are realized.
This is not necessarily a technical step but a rather people step so that a new culture emerges. We have seen this when email came a few decades earlier and it is the need in every work flow today. It is a CIO’s responsibility to facilitate how people of the organization need to adopt itself to the digital culture which is the new way of doing business.
Adopting Work-From Anywhere
While some industries like IT had been used to remote working and serving clients remotely, for many other industries, it was a culture change. Many non-IT companies went for modifying their infrastructure for better accessibility to facilitate work from anywhere. This was followed up with training to adopt technology better for efficient working. This was a culture change for many employees who were not used to such kind of working. At an organizational level, there was a need to expedite digital projects. Budgets for digitization seemed to be getting raised. Most digital projects were put in fast track since they could reduce travel and contact and yet ensure high deliverables.
Redesigning IT & Security strategy
IT architecture all across has been modified to facilitate work from home. While this is the need of the hour, organizations have to deal with a major issue with this change – security. Security was always dealt with earlier but the threats are now much higher. It is therefore important to understand the current state of Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) components from a Security point of view.
This may involve identification of inventory of CII components. This will usually allow an organization to identify gaps in existing process control in line with best practices from a security point of view. It is required to take all necessary similar measures to facilitate protection of Critical Information Infrastructure from unauthorized access, modification, use or destruction through coherent coordination, synergy and raising information Security awareness among all stakeholders.
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