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Given its successes and ubiquity, the technology industry has captured the imagination of the world. As IT and business have converged into a singularity, and as consumer and personal life is increasingly mediated by technology, this industry has created an indelible mark on the present and future.
These dreams are not limited to people of one nation, race, sex, or creed. In fact, technology’s strength is its ability to unify people of all backgrounds into a narrative of positivism and progress. This, combined with the hope of economic growth and gain, impels people from all over the world to think of technology as a globalized playing field. Different aspects of the technology chain can be enacted anywhere by anyone with skill, irrespective of national boundaries. In no sector is this more clear than in technology. Innovation is connected deeply to the openness of people, flows and immigration. Technology organizations are incredibly diverse places not only in terms of who works and inhabits them but also in terms of the globalized connections that are part of daily work.
Technology as a model for globalization is not an accidental phenomenon. After all, technology has enabled the smooth, real-time collaboration of people from across the globe, across time, space, belief system, and experience. Digitization of products and processes has an inherent global quality, bounded not by the national biases but only by the laws of physics!
Technology as a model for globalization is not an accidental phenomenon.
In an earlier historical epoch, progressive thinkers conceived of free-trade as a solution to narrow, nationalistic outlooks. For many, though, free-trade was a misnomer and trade was hardly ever truly free. When it was, people mingled, learned from each other, and in many cases mutually benefitted. When it wasn’t, some gained while others suffered.
Technology does not need to be like that. With technology, we can create a common narrative of benefit. This is the promise of digitization.
In order to make this idea functional, we must change our rhetoric. As a country we cannot think of “our jobs” versus “their jobs.” We have to think of increasing the collective possibilities in the world, knowing that all can benefit if we build and distribute the fruits of technology freely and fairly. We have to conceive of work as something that transcends the nation or tribe.
The real-time aspect of Digitization is key to this narrative. With the ability to engage, transact, and modify products, services, and campaigns at scale in shorter and shorter time frames, the need for a globalized resource pool increases. Great organizations never sleep; the sun never sets on them. As business and consumers demand instant solutions to problems – whether intellectual or commercial- organizations must grasp “the global” as a source of comparative advantage. The only way to get the right people for the right job at the right time in the right context (a key for true digital transformation) is via a dynamic global resource pool.
This has been a core belief at Akvelon from the start; in fact, our organization represents this belief every day, not only through our team but also through the projects we undertake and the outcomes we seek.
As we usher in an era of Digital-nativity, the more importance we put on globalization and the realization that when it comes to technology and innovation, no people and no place has a monopoly.
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While breaches affecting companies like Equifax, Target, and Sony receive huge attention in the media, for many organizations security is still an afterthought, an area to focus on if and only if attacks occur. Very few organizations take sufficient proactive steps to secure their environments and ecosystems while equipping themselves with assimilative and dynamic frameworks that keep current as the “bad guys” get more sophisticated, capable, and demanding.
This has to change; we need real security strategies and not simply Security Theater. Far too much is at stake, for individual businesses, for consumers, and for the entire ecosystem of digital business.
…we need real security strategies and not simply Security Theater
As organizations embark on the digital transformation “journey,” security must stay top of mind. Security breaches, from within and without, are givens of the system. It’s not a matter anymore of “if” but of “when,” “how often,” and “how major?” All large changes cut both ways- they empower and they constrain- digital transformation is no different.
Interestingly, security can be seen on both sides of the question as both empowerment and as constraint. Clearly, organizations having to spend enormous time, money, and people-power in preventing attacks is a constraint to their otherwise smooth workings, but such is the cost of doing digital business. In addition to managing constraints well, organizations should think of the “security of enablement” in the sense that good, well-managed, and well-governed security strategies actually empower employees to be productive, partners to collaborate, and ideas to be shared.
A strong security strategy includes elements of technology, people, and process, resting within a framework that is built on the understanding that change is inevitable. Great security strategies grow and morph as the needs of the business change, and as the attack vectors increase.
Great security strategies connect security with the needs of the business and acknowledge that each business has a different risk profile and as such, requires a different security profile. When business risk and security readiness are mismatched, problems ensue. When organizations take their eye off the security ball for even a moment, costly breaches occur.
Having a strong and assimilative security framework is not simply good business, its need is increasingly becoming enshrined in law. Security, Governance, and Compliance are the three horsemen of IT. They ride together.
Great security strategies grow and morph as the needs of the business change
Security is serious business. The good news, as one might expect, is that this area has seen enormous innovation in the last decade. Security technologies exist today at levels of performance heretofore unseen and at the lowest cost in history. These are very powerful pieces of security strategy, though they are not the silver bullets. In order to truly build a sustainable and strategic security framework, organizations need to concentrate on people and process as well.
Putting the puzzle pieces together can be challenging but it has to be done. To do so, one has to look at security holistically, and to Plan for the “unknown unknowns.”
To help organization think through, implement, and Manage these holistic solutions, Akvelon announces an array of security services, dedicated to helping organizations concentrate on their core businesses while mitigating the risks associated with security in a digital world.
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