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Five Questions with ‘Passionpreneuer’ Moustafa Hamwi

Posted: 7/20/2017 3:08:00 PM | Category: ISACA | Permalink | Email this post

Moustafa HamwiEditor’s note: Self-described ‘passionpreneuer’ and award-winning author Moustafa Hamwi will deliver the closing keynote address at Asia Pacific CACS 2017, to take place 29-30 November in Dubai. Hamwi will address an often overlooked ingredient in business success – passionate leadership, also the subject of his recent visit with ISACA Now. The following is an edited transcript:

ISACA Now: Why is passionate leadership so important?
Passion is the key differentiating factor for true leaders. It is easy to lead when times are good. Truly passionate leaders show when times are tough. I always say, “The longest distance leaders have to walk is between their mouth and their feet.” Passionate leaders care about the purpose they are serving and find the energy and drive to keep them going against all the odds.


IoT Security Programs Must Leverage Trust

Jon Shende, MSc., FBCS CITP, CISM, Executive Adviser, Cyber Policy and Security Governance Institute
Posted: 7/19/2017 3:18:00 PM | Category: Security | Permalink | Email this post

Jon ShendeWith an ever-growing digital and virtualized world of interconnected devices, we are seeing the rise of an ecosystem of Internet of Things (IoT) that is impacting everyday actions. This ecosystem of devices can be managed and monitored remotely, can leverage mobile and wireless networks for communication, and capitalizes on a combination of the cloud and data centers for analysis.

While this is a good thing for technological and human-machine interaction, the confluence of many devices and applications, coupled with fragmented solutions, inherently opens the door to risk. This risk comes in the form of security threats and those arising from not being able to align with a standard framework, taking into account data privacy, and meeting regulatory and compliance requirements.


Five Questions with Social Business Guru Ryan Hogarth

Posted: 7/17/2017 3:03:00 PM | Category: ISACA | Permalink | Email this post

Ryan HogarthEditor’s note: Social business strategist, author and radio show host Ryan Hogarth will deliver the opening keynote address at Africa CACS 2017, to take place 11-12 September in Accra, Ghana. Hogarth’s keynote is titled “We Are Not Robots.” Hogarth recently spoke with ISACA Now about some of the themes he will address, such as navigating digital disruption and how to strengthen relationships with customers. The following is an edited transcript:

ISACA Now: You use the term a “frictionless economy.” What do you mean by that?
Everything about being a customer has been transformed through our use of customizable technology because friction is constantly eliminated. We can get what we want or what we need with a click, a tap, a swipe or a gesture. The businesses that will succeed are those that understand their customers’ journey enough to use the right technology to remove friction and make interaction, servicing and purchasing seamless and effortless, or frictionless.


Getting Smarter About Making Cities Smart

Matt Loeb, CGEIT, CAE, FASAE, Chief Executive Officer, ISACA
Posted: 7/14/2017 3:27:00 PM | Category: Risk Management | Permalink | Email this post

Matt LoebHaving had the privilege to have visited a number of cities throughout the world, I have learned that Chengdu is not Mexico City, Brussels is not Houston, Abuja is not Melbourne, and Johannesburg is not Dubai. That’s because the heart of every city beats differently. Each has its own character, its own vibe, and its own goals for assuring the best standard of living possible for its citizens and for the visiting public.

Likewise, every city is evolving at its own particular pace, though all are aligned to a common principle of modernizing their infrastructure services – public transportation, utilities, health care – by leveraging technology and law enforcement in “smart” ways to improve quality of life while assuring operational efficiency, stability and security. As noted by Eduardo Paes, the former mayor of Rio de Janeiro, “Smart cities are those who manage their resources efficiently. Traffic, public services and disaster response should be operated intelligently in order to minimize costs, reduce carbon emissions and increase performance.”


Talking Team-Building, Business Continuity and Risk Management with Vicki Gavin

Posted: 7/13/2017 3:15:00 PM | Category: Risk Management | Permalink | Email this post

Vicki GavinEditor’s note: Vicki Gavin, CRISC, MBCI, is compliance director, and head of business continuity, cyber security and data privacy for The Economist. Gavin, based in London, recently visited with ISACA Now to discuss how her areas of expertise are being affected by the fast-changing technology and regulatory landscape. The following is an edited transcript.

ISACA Now: At InfoSec Europe last month, you were part of a panel that discussed building an agile team for the future. What were the major takeaways for you?
For me, the most significant takeaway was the need to do things differently. Current hiring processes are designed to exclude candidates. We need to get smarter about including candidates from a variety of backgrounds by systematically removing bias from role profiles, job descriptions and advertisements, screening and interviewing.

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