For many CEOs, the technological tools their company uses are just that: tools. They hire people to take care of the technology and rarely give it much more thought.
• There’s a breach of the network by a hacker
• Valuable company data is lost
• Malware causes the tools to become unusable
• A competitive firm gains a competitive advantage through better use of technology
Obviously, a busy executive can’t spare the time to be concerned with the minutiae of his company’s Information Technology (IT) infrastructure. But the instances shown above are NOT minor – they all can have a major effect on the business.
So how can a C-Level executive close the gap – be free from worrying about day-to-day details of the company’s technology, but also be in the loop enough to well informed, and affect strategies for the company’s IT?
The short answer is, a Chief Information Officer. It is the CIO’s bailiwick to ensure that the company has the technological tools at their disposal to get their work done, protect the company’s data, be prepared to resume business quickly after a disaster, and guide the company towards its stated goals.
Not every company has a CIO, of course. They may not be able to justify the expense of hiring a qualified CIO, or maybe the company hasn’t brought technology into their corporate strategy – yet. Sometimes it take an event like the ones listed above to spur action on this, but why wait?
For many companies, an IT Consultant can act as a “virtual” CIO. Without the cost of adding a CIO to the staff, an IT Consultant can assess the health of the company’s IT Infrastructure, and suggest options for protecting the network and making sure it stays up-to-date, and also make sure that the updates are appropriate in the context of the company’s growth plans.
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The Veterans Affairs Department (VA) has a new system of health care identification. New Veterans Health Identification Cards, or VHICs will be issued to veterans starting in April. The VA has updated their cards in order to ensure the safety and security of sensitive information.
According to Military Times, the current system just hasn’t been working. Anyone with a smartphone bar code scanning application could scan the ID cards and reveal a veteran’s social security number. That’s why the VA has been working to protect veterans from identity theft.
In the new cards, veterans will be provided with a magnetic strip. However, the card will function similarly to a health insurance card. In other words, a new identification number will be associated with the card. Social security numbers will no longer be associated with the cards.
New cards will be issued to veterans starting in April. The VA expects that cards should be replaced before July of this year. They also suggest that veterans should shred their old cards to ensure security of their information.
With nine new models in their Q60 series, a new camera extension and a new indoor camera, Axis Communications is growing their portfolio. Each one of their new technologies offers a new type of security for users. From planning network security systems to providing a higher resolution, Axis Communications has a security solution for every type of environment.
The Q60 Series
According to Security Info Watch, Axis Communications is expanding their Q60 line of cameras. Nine new cameras will display Axis’ ability to make security cameras more user friendly. These new cameras come equipped with improved image quality, high speed pan/tilt/zoom and intelligent video capabilities.
SketchUp 3D CAD Software
This new software is perfect for designing complex video surveillance systems. Newswire Today reported that this extension allows users to more effectively plan where their security cameras can be installed. Users will be able to view the areas that each of their cameras will cover, while also allowing them to avoid blind spots, walls and columns that may have been overlooked in their initial plans.
As the new indoor camera from Axis Communications, the M1025 offers all the latest technology benefits. It offers full frame video with a two-megapixel resolution for a clearer indoor view. It also comes equipped with HDMI output, which could be useful for retail security.
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