Category Archives: IT Risk Management

Managing a Growing IT Department

Can any of you imagine being the CIO of a growing IT department? Maybe you imagine it to be the land of endless candy, rainbows, and pastel glitter. A land where there are no IT budget cuts or hassles getting … Continue reading

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4 Steps to Improving IT Value Realization

Improving IT value realization is clearly top of mind for many executives these days. Sadly, IT value realization is more of a focus among CEO’s and CFO’s than it appears it is for CIO’s. The reasons I am hearing for the interest … Continue reading

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What’s Your Risk Appetite?

I just finished a great article on risk appetite. Now that isn’t something you here everyday, but you may here someone mention risk appetite or risk tolerance fairly regularly these days. The article was in the current issue of CSO … Continue reading

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Book Review: Information Technology Control and Audit Fourth Edition

Information Technology Control and Audit, Fourth Edition is one of a handful of books I think of as a must have reference book on every CIO’s bookshelf or in the IT department library. Now in its fourth edition, Information Technology Control … Continue reading

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Monitoring Ellucian Layoffs Using LinkedIn Is Getting Harder

Monitoring Ellucian layoffs and other personnel changes using LinkedIn since the Datatel SunGard merger is getting harder no thanks to changes made by LinkedIn. You may recall my post back in March which shared some insights into the Ellucian layoffs and other … Continue reading

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Book Review: Information Security Governance Simplified

Information Security Governance Simplified: From the Boardroom to the Keyboard is a perfect guide to developing effective information security at all levels. The experienced and novice information security professional will find Information Security Governance Simplified, by Todd Fitzgerald, to be a valuable resource and … Continue reading

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IT Stress Test – Lessons from Submarines

IT stress test scenarios using lessons from submarines will determine the IT department’s minimum operating levels and what is truly critical. Using some analogies from my time on submarines seemed like an interesting and relevant way to further illustrate the … Continue reading

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IT Stress Test for Colleges and Universities

An IT stress test is a “what-if” scenario analysis of an IT department’s ability to scale down or scale up its costs, staffing, and capacity in response to changes in the economy, funding, or other forms of business stress. With … Continue reading

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Training Your Staff is the New Software Purchasing Best Practice

I am going to suggest that training your staff is the new software purchasing best practice for avoiding those lemons and buyers remorse. The idea would be that before you buy that data warehouse and reporting package for your SIS … Continue reading

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Amazon EC2 Goes Down: Start the Cloud Fears

The big storms yesterday in the eastern part of the country took down part of Amazon EC2 cloud services in Virginia due to the power outages. The Amazon EC2 outage of course had a cascading effect on customers including some … Continue reading

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