CISO’s need bold plays to accelerate change To break through these long-standing resource and funding roadblocks, CISOs should look to disrupt the status quo by pursuing three bold plays that could help states make progress and close the widening gap with many federal agencies and commercial industries.
“Fourth Industrial Revolution”—digital disruption through emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and smart government. The 2014 Deloitte-NASCIO Cybersecurity Study encouraged CIOs to engage CISOs in identifying creative ways to include cybersecurity as a critical part of modernization efforts such as cloud computing and mobile technologies. Yet in this year’s survey, emerging technology initiatives in areas such as IoT, artificial intelligence, smart enterprises (smart cities), and blockchain technology rank at the bottom of the CISO initiative list, indicating that they may not yet be a priority for CISOs. To take on emerging technologies, CISOs should actively participate with state CIOs in shaping the innovation agenda, collaborate with state digital and innovation officers, and lead the charge to help program leaders embrace and securely adopt new technologies.