This might sound like a statement of the obvious, but no one plans an accident. There are some environments, however, where accidents are expected. While not exactly planned, there are some workplaces where people are not surprised when something happens that results in an injury or causes damage. They consider this kind of unpredictability normal. How does this happen? Bad habits are easily formed when there is a lack of training or a desire to cut corners or reduce immediate costs. Complacency about the practices and habits that cause unpredictability are probably causing more damage than you realize, embezzling resources that could and should be focused on improving and growing your company.
When I was a teenager, a visit to an accounting office was where I first became interested in technology. What really struck me was that the accountants got to use computers all day to do their work. Sure, I tinkered on machines back then, and even built computers for my friends, but it wasn’t working with the hardware that hooked me. It was the idea that technology could be used to get work done. Today, technology isn’t just how work gets done, it’s how business operates, and it can be leveraged by modern CFOs to help them achieve success in an environment that requires them to wear many hats.
Christopher Buse has a daunting job. As Assistant Commissioner and CISO for Minnesota IT Services, he’s the guy that the state relies on to keep government networks and data safe 24 hours a day. Ask him what concerns him the most and you might be surprised at his answer. It’s the end users and the computers they use to do their work every day. That’s what he told an audience of financial leaders at the MNCPA Management and Business Advisors Conference in Minneapolis this month.
No business owner or CEO wants to see their company name in the next cybercrime headline, and if you are like many executives, you may have thought that the topic of cybersecurity should be confined to IT. But these days, managing the risk of cybercrime is integral to managing overall business risk, so the discussion about cybersecurity needs to include all levels of management, all departments and all employees, and here’s why: