Blog

“We want to think beyond the immediacy of the particular issue… That’s really what strategies should help us do.”

When we think of strategies – think BIG picture.

In my conversation with Adam Gordon, Edutainer & SME at ITProTV, he said you have to go beyond the immediacy of the particular issue and see everything that goes into your decision.

To do that, one must remove themself from the moment and think more broadly about the choices/decisions/opportunities that they may address and the best path to get there.

That will, in the end, bring the big picture into focus.

The ransomware crisis is getting worse. We need to make these four big changes

Ransomware attacks continue to increase in number and severity across the globe.

In Germany, a woman died in transit to a hospital further away as the closest hospital was under a ransomware attack and couldn’t take her.

As Steve Ranger writes in his piece for ZDNet, tough changes will be necessary to put an end to these vicious attacks. https://zd.net/2ZYUl3g

Ranger points out 4 key steps that should be taken to stop the 2020’s from being the decade of ransomware attacks:

🛑 Ransomware attacks oftentimes originate from countries where it is not a criminal offense or their governments simply don’t care. Ransomware should be treated as a political issue and politicians should make it a point to call out any country that allows it.

🛑 Intelligence agencies need to make tackling ransomware a priority. Identifying/tracking/disrupting these groups should receive greater emphasis.

🛑 Stop normalizing paying the ransom. Paying these cyber criminals should be an absolute last resort.

🛑 Security software vendors need to make it much easier for flaws to be dealt with by their customers and on the consumer level – they need to do everything they can to keep their systems secure.

What Are the Skills That We Need Behind the Firewall Today?🧱 with Adam Gordon

“I think the challenge we’re seeing in organizations is that C-level executives continue to be stuck in the past, challenged by old assumptions about risk, that are not fundamentally true on the ground.”

This quote from Adam Gordon, Edutainer & SME at ITProTV, speaks to the different mindset that is required for the modern security environment.

Simply “protecting the perimeter” will not be enough when the “perimeter” exists in smartphones, tablets, and computers that could be connected to the internet anywhere. This is where having a framework in place, such as a “Zero Trust” model, becomes very valuable in protecting this modern perimeter.

As far as the employees who will manage your cloud infrastructure, Adam says it’s all about quality, not quantity. First, IT leaders need to have a plan to understand how to manage the risks associated with investing in the cloud. Then you can selectively pick the individuals with the appropriate skill sets to execute that plan.

6 Ways to Create a Culture of Innovation in a Virtual World 💡

The big challenge for leaders managing remote teams is how to affect culture.

When employees are in the office, it is much easier to set tones and establish norms. Move those employees out of the office and into their individual homes, and there are different rules and standards that apply.

In his piece for Inc. Magazine, Soren Kaplan lays out 6 things you can do to get more innovation from your remote team in today’s virtual world. https://bit.ly/3mGGjNi

Here were a few of my favorite points:

💻  Think of problems as the basis for new ideas. Seek out what items are giving your employees trouble and make it a point to work with them to solve them.

💻  Working remotely can be lonely. Pair employees up virtually, when possible, to tackle problems and stir innovation.

💻  I’m a big fan of this one – Celebrate WINS to create a winning team. Recognize employee achievements and provide a forum to share the good work your employees have been doing.

“If you want to go fast, GO ALONE. If you want to go far, GO TOGETHER.”

Inspiration for leaders can come from the unlikeliest of places. ✈ 

 

Philip Campbell, CIO/VP of Information Services at CalvertHealth, describes how a 3-hour layover in Johannesburg, South Africa, had a lifelong leadership impact.

While wheelchair-bound recovering from ankle surgery, Philip recalls being in the Johannesburg airport in front of a 30-foot mural with the words, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

With ample time to digest this quote, Philip internalized its message and its applications for leaders.

Philip says, “As a leader sometimes you have to go fast…and, you will not always have the luxury of going together on projects. You have to be prepared to go alone and you need to know when that’s possible – and you need to understand how far you can go alone before you’re going to need everyone else.”