USM to Co-Host Summit to Break Down Silos, Promote Information-Sharing Among IT Officers
Adelphi, Md. (June 9,
2014) -- While their titles sound similar, chief information officers
(CIOs), chief information security officers (CISOs), and chief digital officers
(CDOs) often play very different roles within organizations. CIOs typically focus on strategic management
of information technology (IT); CISOs manage IT risk; and CDOs, who constitute
a relatively new class of officers in the organizational hierarchy, focus on
data use and analysis.
Depending on the organization for which they work, the
individuals who hold these positions may work largely independently of one
another, even though there is considerable overlap in the types of issues and
challenges they face with respect to data management.
Such "silo-ing" among
CIOs, CISOs, and CDOs occurs not only within organizations and industries but
also across them. In an attempt to break
down such silos, on June 11 the University System of Maryland (USM) will
co-host the 2014 Baltimore Evanta Executive Summits, specifically designed to
bring CIOs, CISOs, and CDOs from both industry and academia together to foster
information-sharing and facilitate collaborative problem-solving.
The day-long event, which USM's Associate Vice Chancellor
and CIO Donald Spicer and Assistant Vice Chancellor and Deputy CIO Suresh
Balakrishnan have helped organize, will feature several keynote speeches,
including one by Hank Lucas, a professor of information systems at the University
of Maryland, College Park. Lucas will talk about the impact of so-called "disruptive
technologies" (technologies that change the world in radical ways) and steps
organizations can take to avoid having such technologies impede continued
growth and development.
The event will also feature several breakout sessions
related to cybersecurity, including such topics as the cloud computing
revolution, data sharing, CISOs' role in protecting company brands,
organizational innovation, and security data analytics. USM's Assistant Vice
Chancellor for Administration and Finance Ben Passmore will also deliver a
presentation titled "Philosophy of Data," examining the ways in which analytics
can shape organizational understanding and knowledge distribution, among other
things. During each of these breakout sessions, CIOs, CISOs, and CDOs will have
the opportunity to learn from one another and share their thoughts and
At the same time, Spicer says the Summits will provide a
forum for USM to showcase the work its member institutions are doing in
cybersecurity. "Several of our schools are offering courses, and in some cases,
entire programs focused on cybersecurity. By enabling the developers and
instructors of those courses to interact with leaders in different corporations
who are tackling "real-world" cybersecurity challenges, this event facilitates
important dialogue that will allow us [at USM] to better align our courses with
workplace needs and also demonstrate where that alignment exists already."
Most importantly, Spicer says, the Evanta Summits will provide
opportunities for networking and relationship-building. "Getting CIOs, CISOs,
and CDOs together from within and across industries is one of the primary goals
of the June Summit. There are core cybersecurity issues we all have to deal
with, and all of us who are working on it have something to offer to and learn
from one another."
One simple example of the need for and value of such
information exchange relates to the use of personal devices in the workplace.
As Spicer explains, "Corporations and public sector agencies are just now
starting to deal with employees bringing personally owned devices to work and
wanting to use them for both personal and work access. This presents a huge
problem for them, but we [in university settings] have depended on students
using their own devices for the past 25 years. At the Summits, we can share our
experiences in this realm and the lessons we've learned from them. Hopefully we
can also come away with insights into how corporations have successfully
tackled some of the IT issues we currently face, like how to use information
about our ‘customers' (students) to provide better services."
For more information about the 2014 Baltimore Evanta
Executive Summits and USM's involvement in it, visit http://www.evanta.com/cio/summits/baltimore.
Contact: Jennifer Rose