The fourth edition of the CIO Council National Conference took on the task of discovering what is the place of a chief information officer (CIO) in a company and how one can take on security challenges and disruptive technologies.
Under the theme Connected World. Disruption is Around the Corner, the event gathered IT managers, CIOs, COOs and professionals in IT alongside the Minister of Communications Marius Bostan, who spoke about the importance of cybersecurity and the need to adapt the legal framework to current needs.
“I hope that this year we will witness a resetting of goals in the field. The state walks behind private companies. Personally, I advocate change and I hope that by September-October, I will be able to implement it. There’s a lot of work to do in order adapt the legal framework. For now, we have the Technical Economic Information Society that analyzes any project worth over RON 2.5 million,” the minister said.
A special interest was given to the theme of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which are fast developing and taking over the market, but at the same time posing great security risks for companies.
“Many of you think that if you have the devices at home you’re not a target. But hackers can reach your companies through you. For example, if you have a smart bracelet that you charge through your computer at home and at work also,” said Catalin Cosoi, chief security strategist at Bitdefender.
When it comes to the place a CIO holds in a company, Aurelian Sin, the IT director for EMEA of Federal-Mogul, stated that the post is grossly under evaluated at the moment and that they should be part of the board of directors.
“The digital revolution is an opportunity for us who understand the technology and we have to be first-row at the show. It is not easy, because digital budgets are not in IT, but in marketing,” he explained.