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Execs prepare for Apple-FBI privacy aftermath; the hype and payoff of 3D printing

The Apple-FBI debate on data privacy versus national security rages on. It has spurred enterprises to look at their own consumer privacy policies. In his Searchlight column, Associate Site Editor Brian Holak talks to the experts about what CIOs should prepare for. And on Total CIO, features writer Jason Sparapani talks about the lack of a law that requires Apple to help disable encryption, ponders whether the Feds need Apple’s help to circumvent device encryption; and what life would look like under a new encryption law.

There’s been a lot of hype lately about the new technology of 3D printing, but it’s actually not new at all, says SearchCIO columnist and former CIO Harvey Koeppel — it’s in fact 30 years old. What’s more, we’re likely underestimating its potential impact on enterprises. In his column, Koeppel lays out various use cases for the technology and shares a 12-step program for CIOs looking to take advantage of the opportunities it offers. In Niel Nickolaisen’s tip, the CTO and SearchCIO columnist explains how CIOs can use 3D printing and other emerging technology to test their organization’s capacity to innovate.

Senior News Writer Nicole Laskowski elaborated more on the CIO role, outlining the ways IT executives can leverage 3D printing to become innovation partners to the business. Then, she turns to experts to get their take on whether businesses should adopt 3D printing technology or turn to third parties.

Also check out her two-part Total CIO blog post, in which Laskowski details what exactly preparing for 3D printing means according Shawn DuBravac, chief economist and director of research at Consumer Technology Association, and talks about how the technology is poised to expand beyond rapid prototyping.

Aligning IT with business objectives is no easy feat, especially when we’re talking about the United Nations. Luckily, Atefeh Riazi, CITO of the UN, likes a challenge. In this Q&A with Executive Editor Linda Tucci, she discusses how she’s making IT more efficient, agile and innovative.

IoT is becoming increasingly embedded in food safety programs, and as they do so, CIOs and CTOs may find themselves being more involved in these initiatives. In his blog post, Senior Site Editor John Moore talks with Bob Whitaker, chief science and technology officer at the Produce Marketing Association, to discuss what this would look like.

Taking advantage of analytics data can help companies prevent breaches and strengthen cybersecurity, but despite the wealth of this data, executives don’t take enough advantage of it, said Reg Harnish, CEO at GreyCastle Security. In a SearchCompliance Q&A with Senior Site Editor Ben Cole, he talks about why business leaders can’t afford to ignore analytics information.

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