CIO jobs at risk as mobile computing weakens data governance

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The shift to mobile computing has led to some major changes for enterprises, not least in how the security and confidentiality of data is governed.

A new report, commissioned by data protection specialist Druva from Forrester Consulting, surveyed 205 IT and legal professionals in enterprises in the US and UK. It suggests that 20 percent of CIOs could lose their jobs in 2016 for failing to implement information governance.


Forrester’s analysis revealed rising recognition of the role that mobile computing is playing in weakening existing governance infrastructures. 44 percent of survey participants believe that endpoint data remains at risk despite security and governance controls already in place. The top three challenges are seen as proliferation of file shares (45 percent), lack of coordinated governance (42 percent) and mobile devices (41 percent).

"With the rise of the mobile workforce, organizations must establish strategies to govern not only corporate and employee-owned mobile devices, but also the multiple channels that are now required to make data available anywhere on any device. The increase in complexity is staggering," says Chandar Venkataraman, Chief Product Officer at Druva. "As these findings indicate, technology solutions are going to become increasingly important in identifying, preserving and collecting content from end user devices for all aspects of governance, including compliance and eDiscovery".

The results show that 89 percent of respondents plan to invest more in information governance programs, with 44 percent expecting increases of between 10 and 20 percent. Some 53 percent expect to centralize information governance to ensure that content on end user devices is protected and managed.

Using eDiscovery is expected to increase with 84-85 percent expecting to use technology to facilitate governance and eDiscovery on end user devices.

You can see a summary of the findings in infographic form below and the full report is available to download from the Druva website.


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2 Responses to CIO jobs at risk as mobile computing weakens data governance

  1. VincyMark says:

    Interesting insight, CIO need the support of the board to ensure their organization is safe from data security and governance control. It is now important for leadership to focus on the most common threats to their organizations today including cybersecurity. I work with
    mcgladrey and this piece about board's role may interest readers of this post.

  2. DGascon says:

    This provides evidence of the impact mobile/BYOD was expected to bring to IT relative to data/information governance. It's as much an issue for the CEO as it is for the CIO. The CIO is typically not in the position to define and establish the regulatory, privacy and security policies determining what data can be distributed. It requires collaboration between all the data governance stakeholders including legal, records, privacy, security, business leaders and IT. Only the CEO has the authority across all these groups to get them to the table and ensure they work together to put a robust governance infrastructure in place. File share proliferation and mobile devices aren't mutually exclusive either. A lot of the data people want to access remotely is file based and many have already begun this with cloud-based file sharing. Those that don't have their governance arms around file shares are looking at twice, if not more, the effort to do both simultaneously. The file share growth is an historical problem of too much data being created and stored without governance policies in place to dispose of the junk (estimated to be >60% on average).

    Derek Gascon
    Executive Director
    Compliance, Governance & Oversight Council

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