We are about to elect a new secretary-general for the United Nations. But, "we the people", despite our prominence at the opening of the UN Charter, have almost nothing to do with filling one of the most important public posts in the world; nor, indeed, will the successful candidate be compelled to look after the interests of the world's seven billion people. Today, the UN Security Council - one of the opaquest bodies in the global governance system - is set to conduct its third informal "straw poll" to gauge levels of support for each candidate. At the last count, the results of this secret ballot, leaked to the media by member states, suggested the process was stalling with serious questions hanging over the viability of all but one candidate, the former Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Guterres. Eventually, although we won't be privy to exactly how or why, the Security Council will "recommend" a candidate to the General Assembly for rubber-stamping.
It's the day-to-day execution of effective data governance that actually leads to results, so it's essential that your organization gets up to speed as soon as possible. Create opportunities to connect staff members who are more well-versed in applying governance practices with those who are coming up the learning curve. Organizations that have already made progress advancing their governance strategy are often enthusiastic to share what they've learned -- and even help other organizations avoid the same mistakes they've previously made.
Data, data, and data; in this intelligent world of analytics, we are surrounded by data. From tracking the customer buying path to making decisions based on business intelligence, data seems to be at the forefront of everything that organizations are doing. In the race to be at the top of data analytics, organizations are implementing measures that position them in a favorable spot. The key to extracting the most from your data is to have pertinent data governance policies in place. With the requirement for data governance, it is even better to have real-time governance of data so that analytics flow smoothly without the need for consistently overlooking data.
What you need to succeed in data security? If 2016 shapes up anything like the last quarter of 2015, data security in the IOT will continue to be a hot topic for all of us working to protect our work in the Cloud. In my last article, I discussed several trends that we are monitoring at SoftNet Search's IOT practice area. This time, I will weigh in on the kinds of people who will fulfill the needs of companies who are staying ahead of data security trends. According to all the people that matter, IT will continue to hire data security and other pros in 2016.
If this year's General Assembly at the United Nations is any indication, then the next two years are going to be absolutely fundamental to the future development of cyberspace. On one hand, there are nations such as Russia and China that are pushing their own view of "state sovereignty" for cyberspace. And, on the other hand, there is the United States and its allies that are pushing for a "free, open and secure" cyberspace. While there is some overlap between these two competing visions of the future of cyber governance, there are some important distinctions. In fact, the United States and its allies (a group of 26 other predominantly Western nations) felt so concerned that the UN might be headed in the wrong direction as a result of the whole "state sovereignty" approach backed by Russia and China that it sent out a joint statement on what constitutes responsible state behavior in cyberspace ahead of the UN General Assembly's General Debate.