Growing rage of digitization has made higher authorities and CEOs way more tech-savvy than before. The C-Suite executives are technically sound but unable to judge their CIOs’ technical expertise.
In this article at Information Week, Lisa Morgan suggests few questions that will enable CEOs or C-Suite executives to judge the knowledge of their CIOs. The CIOs hold a crucial position of strategic partners in the organization and bringing the perfect fit to the board is vital for a firm’s growth.
Earlier, with the limited exposure and knowledge in the corporate world, CIOs were renounced from the executive panel of the company. They always wanted to be a part of board members to help the C-suite plans technically sound, but they were considered unfit.
However, over the years, the hierarchy evolved, and businesses became technology-driven, CIOs are now welcomed by higher-ups to extend their opinion in the company matters. Now, to bring the most eligible candidate to fit the role of a CIO, company directors and CEOs must ask these questions:
- How will you protect critical aspects of business?
Considering the internal and external threats like phishing, boards and CEOs need to work on identifying and prioritize addressing vulnerabilities. To understand the ability of the CIOs, ask them how they associate with the vulnerabilities in AI and intelligently automated systems to address them? Many CIOs are not aware of the real number of security vulnerabilities lurking in the systems and software the company uses.
- What is your digital IT strategy in the context of IT?
Many organizations opt to maintain both traditional and digital IT assets to strike a balance between the two. The divergence causes trouble at some point. The boards and CEOs need to understand how the CIOs plan to handle both IT assets. The wise way is to understand the merits and demerits of both to determine the best solution.
- How will your business relationships support innovation?
The dramatic change in the competitive landscape demands constant innovation. The CIO’s moves could help the organization gain a competitive edge in the market. However, it is the responsibility of the CEOs, and not the CIOs, to ensure constant innovation at speed. So, this question is crucial to ask.
- How you will develop and maintain a strong information security practice?
With the existing threat of cybersecurity, technology procurement is no more limited to IT. The CIOs need to be well-aware of IT assets like databases and the SaaS services used by other departments than IT. They must have enough visibility in the exposure to risk for their organizations and must be ready to address them.
- What kind of data would you place in the third-party cloud infrastructures?
Even though each individual has diverse views about on-premises security and cloud security, still, if the CIO suggests need for storing mobile data in the cloud, it would be an inappropriate move. The best way is to maintain only sensitive client or company data on the internal network, accessible through a VPN only.
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