“CIOs need to shift focus to building digital competencies of general managers and overseeing implementation and growth of digital strategy”


By MYBRANDBOOK


“CIOs need to shift focus to building digital competencies of general managers and overseeing implementation and growth of digital strategy”

Parveen Kumar Sharma
CTO & Consultant – IT - Vianaar Group

 

Key priorities for 2021
Moving into the future, CIOs will have to cement that critical inclusion in business leadership as management develops more advanced digital agility.

Taking a more holistic view of business strategy and transformation instead of just IT, CIOs need to shift their focus to building the digital competencies of general managers and overseeing implementation and growth of digital strategy. The key priorities for 2021 are:


●  Increase in the Cybersecurity investments
●  In new normal, Strengthening remote work (WFH)
●  Enabling business process automation
●  Technology enabled new business models/Enabling new revenue streams
●  Increase cloud adoption.

 

Redesigning IT & Security strategy
As remote work becomes the new normal, organizations need to ensure that its people, processes and technology are able to function securely with minimal interruption. Therefore, security teams need to revisit their security policies and redesign their digital infrastructure suitable for a remote workforce. Following are some of the steps taken in our organizations for a robust remote-work security strategy.

Started Running IT operations as a service: Simplify, streamline and standardize the working experience for employees or what devices they are using. Eliminate any technical barriers that hamper employee’s productivity. Adopted more off-premises solutions: Adopted resources such as cloud-based services to foster agility and enable employees to easily and securely access the apps and data they need without creating a bottleneck. Limited access to VPN: Create separate VPNs (virtual private networks) for different departments to facilitate access only to employees who need such data or resources.

Single sign-on (SSO) identity management facilitates ease of use and ongoing maintenance, while multifactor authentication provides a much-needed layer of additional security. Encourage adoption of collaborative systems: Distributed workforces require new tools that foster collaboration and communication in place of the social interactions that typically occur within a physical workplace. Increase communications with internal and external peers: Every department relies on an organization’s technical infrastructure, therefore it’s crucial for IT leaders to regularly communicate with relevant stakeholders to look for ways to improve productivity and security. Keep abreast of new developments: I.T. Team Keep track of the evolving threat landscape to adapt and respond quickly.

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