Intelligent CXO Issue 7 - Page 17

TECH TRENDS
Michael D ’ Onofrio , CEO of Orbus Software
through giving their security architecture teams the best software tools available on the market .
Since a company ’ s risk posture and security maturity must match today ’ s threats in terms of reach and sophistication , in order to defend against breaches like the SolarWinds attack , businesses need to stop treating their security as an individual , siloed department or a standalone business function . Instead , businesses need to embrace security as a culture that spans the entire organisation . Only then can a company achieve 360-degree visibility with the insight and controls required to defend against high-level breaches .
With security architecture , a sub-discipline of Enterprise Architecture , CIOs can enjoy complete oversight and control over cybersecurity operations business-wide , operating several levels above threat management or the direct implementation of security platforms . Additionally , there are Enterprise Architecture tools that give teams on the ground a greater advantage when it comes to taking remedial action . For instance , being able to track every single instance of a breach or infiltration once it has been identified . Ultimately , Enterprise Architecture offers businesses a workable methodology and framework for CIOs to follow . This is not only for organisations to defend themselves but to revolutionise how they manage security from the inside out . they have the technology resources needed to enable mass remote working for their workforces . This has led to a surge in demand for cloud-based video conferencing tools , such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams , and cloud business productivity tools to ensure employees can continue to communicate and collaborate as they did in the office .
While cloud products ultimately deliver efficiency at scale , a large barrier exists at the transition point , frontloading the risk for enterprises . CIOs need to be able to smoothly transition to cloud providers , without endangering services or data . Having to pivot at pace in such a way is a real challenge for CIOs alone . Instead , they can leverage insights via Enterprise Architecture to both guide and de-risk this journey , unlocking its full potential . This can lead to several benefits , such as giving enterprises a competitive edge , reducing operational costs and increasing the effectiveness of IT processes .
Ultimately , when we consider the number of challenges CIOs face today to deliver Digital Transformation objectives , CIOs would do well to employ Enterprise Architecture teams supported by modern tools to develop secure technology and business roadmaps for the future . x
IT ’ S EVIDENT THAT IN THIS NEW WORLD , TECHNOLOGY IS NOT A CHOICE , BUT A FUNDAMENTAL BUSINESS STRATEGY THAT MUST BE INTERWOVEN INTO EVERY PART OF AN ORGANISATION .
The imperative to move to the cloud
In response to governments across the globe issuing ‘ stay at home ’ orders for their citizens to help control the spread of COVID-19 , CIOs have found themselves having to scramble to ensure
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