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IT management is swiftly changing after many years of being handled with a strict structure and command by Chief Information Officers (CIOs). Cloud computing has come, along with several other IT services, and this is bringing changes to the way companies need to visualize and subsequently handle their IT systems and infrastructures.
The new way of doing things is termed “Shadow IT”. What this means is that a particular team or department will go directly to a service provider to secure required technology resources and via their in-house IT specialists. IT departments are getting overlooked more and more these days and users are embarking on a relationship with a suitable provider and paying for their services as an operational expense.
Many CIOs tried to quell the shadow IT movement when it first started; they saw it as a threat or a way of losing control. However, currently, the number of CIOs succumbing to the rising shadow IT culture is increasing. CIOs are now learning to work with the new structure, and even embracing it. They know if they do not get on board with this trend they will become irrelevant. The primary responsibility of the CIO and IT department is to understand what the business needs to do to succeed and find ways to make that happen.
With shadow IT becoming more prominent, so does a need for a change in IT security. Security metrics need to fit into the companies' business plan and if the business plan changes then so should the security system.
The top goal for today’s CIO should be to help the business flourish and manage risk while doing so. What this means is they need to loosen some of the reigns as far as control in every aspect of the technology system is concerned and allow these new strategies to be utilized. So far, these have proven to work out well. The faster a CIO can get on board with this new strategy, the better off they and the company will be.