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High profile cyber attacks

More companies have faced ransomware attacks as cyberattacks are on the rise

Cyberatacks on the riseA string of high-profile cyberattacks coming from Russia and China has galvanized the United States and its western allies into taking swift action to counter the escalating incidents.

Protection from ransomware attacks drives re-vamped IT Governance Infrastructure. To start, IT Governance moves organizations and C-Level executives to follow five steps to help them better prepare for Ransomware attacks.

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IT Governance implementation tools

Implement new age proven IT Governance for Success

IT GovernanceIT Goverance Infrastructure management supports operational functions such as system management, change control, release management, network management, applications management, job management, and database management. Across these functions, IT Infrastructure management provides a number of benefits that can result in cost savings, improved service levels, and operational efficiencies.

The template covers everything from the basics to the organizational inter-relationships. Included in the template are:

  • Strategy and Charter Statement of Authority - Includes not only CIOs but also an IT Management Council (Steering Committee) and functional group leaders.
  • IT Management Structure - Organizational approaches, roles and responsibilities for both centralized and de-centralitized organizations.
  • Compliance - Objectives and responsibilities for IT, users, and auditors
  • Personnel Practices - Everything in the employment life-cycle
  • ERP and Omni Commerce - Strategy and best practices defined
  • Controls - Definition of types and risk analysis
  • Application Development Standards - Includes quality assurance requirements
  • Backup and Recovery - Strategy and process alternatives
  • Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity - Includes critical function analysis
  • Security - Road map to how and what including appropriate management actions
  • Access Control - Including separation of duties and definition of least privilege
  • Server and Data Center Facility Requirements - Best practices to protect the physical assets
  • Technical Guides including: HIPAA Audit Program; ISO Security Audit Checklist; CIO job description; Security Management Compliance Checklist; and much more.

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C-Level executives hold CIOs accountable for security breaches

Threat - Risk AssessmentTools for the CIO and IT Managers to better manage security exposure

Recent hacks have place a new emphsis on security risk factors. C-Level executives want to know what risks they face. Many are asking for Risk Scores.  The issue is that existing KPI metrics do not help to address security risk in  a way that is meaningful.

Risk Score

The constant stream of high profile breaches and the resulting class action lawsuits, negative PR, loss in share price, cybersecurity insurance pay-out refusals, and even termination of liable executives has made this an urgent priority.

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WFH & Telecommuting environment may not be secure

WFH & Telecommuting environment

Telecommuting PolicyPandemic restrictions relaxing, more and more people are going back to doing work at coffee shops and hotel lobbys. That means, they will be utilizing public Wi-Fi networks. It takes little effort to spy on data running over public networks for any data, such as e-mail attachments, that's flying over a wireless network.

In addition, because they are using BYOD devices and taheir own PC they may not be up to date with the latest antivirus software and application and operating system patches. Allowing your employees to use their PC as if it were a business machine is just asking for trouble.

The Work From Home & Telecommuting Policy is 19 pages in length. It contains everything that an enterprise needs to implement a functioning and compliant telecommuting process. Included are forms defining the working environment in addition to a check list to validate that the off-site location complies with you safety requirements.

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Coronavirus Changes the way we work

Pandemic Best Practices for IT Infrastructure

Pandemic Infrastructure ToolsThough its timing, severity, and ultimate strain remain a mystery, a pandemic promises to test the critical Information Technology infrastructure of enterprises across the globe. Professionals have long maintained the potential for pandemic influenza is not a matter of if, but rather a matter of when.

The areas of focus for the Pandemic Infrastructure are:

  • Impact of a pandemic on the enterprise
  • Impact of a pandemic on employees and customers
  • Supply chain ramifications
  • Definition of specific pandemic procedures that are required to address it
  • Definition of resource allocations need to protect both employees and customers
  • Identification of communication and education required for management and employees
  • Identification of what coordination with external entities and how to help the local community.

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CIO Top 10 Post Pandemic priorities

Top 10 CIO Priorities

The top 10 list was compiled by Janco Associates in concert with its on-going IT Salary Survey interviews. The top 10 priorities and concerns are the areas of focus for CIOs and enterprise priorities based on Janco's surveys:

Top 10 CIO priorities

Data compiled by Janco Associates.

  1. Work From Home Support
  2. Blockchain, ERP, and Cloud Computing .
  3. Security and Hacking
  4. Mobile Computing
  5. Access Management
  6. Compliance
  7. Identity Protection
  8. Staffing
  9. Budget Management
  10. Standardization and Integration Infrastructure
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Top 10 drivers of security breaches

Top 10 drivers of security breaches

Top 10 Security issues addressedThe top 10 drivers of security shortcomings include:

  1. Insufficient funding for security
  2. Lack of commitment by senior executive management
  3. Lack of leadership in the security arena by the CIO
  4. Belief that the organization will not be targeted
  5. Lack of internal resources who are "security" experts
  6. Lack of an effective IT security strategy
  7. Lack of an action plan on how to implement a solution before an event
  8. Infrastructure for IT that does not easily lend itself to security implementation including complex and disjointed applications and data
  9. No central focus with the enterprise that focuses on security
  10. Lack of a good termination policy for employees and contractors

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Everyone is moving towards mobile interactions

Policies and procedures on how to deal with increasing mobility

Move to Mobile ComputingAccording to a recent study, phone interactions will drop from 41% to 12% over the next five years, as consumers keep going digital. Businesses that excel in digital customer service, or DX, will clearly have a competitive advantage in this new world.

It's obvious to companies that they need to immediately start on the road to digital experience. The Mobility Policy Bundle is something that needs to be implemented. Comes as a downloaded electronic document in MS Word, PDF, and ePub formats

  • 8 Policies
  • 28 electronic forms
  • 14 full job descriptions

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