For those of you who didn't see the news in ISACA's social media channels, you may be interested to learn that ISACA is working closely with SciCast on exciting predictions for our field. Experts from around the world are predicting the next big thing on SciCast, a science- and technology-focused crowdsourced forecasting site. More than 9,000 SciCast participants are predicting events and discussing, as well as competing with, their peers.
SciCast, launched in 2014, is a federally funded research project being run by George Mason University. Its focus is to bring science and forecasting together (hence the name); in other words, to establish an objective, data-driven, open and "scientific" way to predict future events
If you're wondering what forecasting has to do with ISACA's core mission, stop and think for a moment about the practical ramifications of challenges we have all had knowing with being late to the table on new technology deployments. For many of us, this is a particularly acute pain point: consider how challenging it was (and still is) trying to secure cloud use when business teams have already engaged multiple, potentially overlapping providers. Or consider the challenges involved in trying to establish governance around BYOD only after device use proliferates.
The point is, discovering new technology adoption after the fact means added risk. From a governance point of view, it helps mitigate strategic risks like getting suboptimal pricing when vendor contracts are non-standard or non-centrally negotiated; from a security standpoint, it helps address "blind spots" protecting new technology when that technology is early in the adoption curve. So in a very real sense, better forecasting means better risk management. And, in turn, the ability to forecast new technology—including adoption, the approximate timing of when that technology will proliferate, what sectors might be impacted, etc.—is of great potential value to ISACA members.
SciCast represents a unique source of data for ISACA. Knowing what’s on the technology horizon helps us give our members relevant guidance to maximize technology investment returns and minimize risk for their organizations.
This also enables strategic, rather than tactical, decision-making. SciCast will provide us with a key data source to provide our membership with more rapid, more accurate, and more granular information about upcoming future trends,” Pasfield explains. “Because the SciCast platform is open, it allows us to incorporate information from the platform directly into our forward-looking knowledge products. That openness also allows us to reframe the information coming from the platform to make it most accessible to our membership and best meet their needs. It’s a very exciting platform, and I encourage you to take a look and start predicting.
Chair, ISACA’s Emerging Business and Technology Committee
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