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Heartbleed bug, building a risk management plan and cleaning up data

The big news this week? A defect in one of the Internet’s key security methods, OpenSSL, that’s forcing two-thirds of all websites to consider changes to protect the security of consumers. Learn more about what this OpenSSL heartbeat bug  — appropriately named “Heartbleed” — means for CIOs in today’s Searchlight column.

Are you looking to perfect your organization’s enterprise risk management strategy? Look no further than our April CIO Briefing! In this Essential Guide, learn to recognize, observe and banish threats to your beloved organization with tips and news stories from SearchCIO. Featured articles cover risks related to human error, natural disasters, financial uncertainties and more.

Evan Schuman, a freelance writer specializing in security, mobile and payments issues, delivered six tips on avoiding mobile application security problems. Read all about these application threats, then weigh in on whether your organization plans to hire a mobile security expert to vet its apps.

Another big question we’re aiming to answer: Does more data ever trump clean data? Greg Pfluger, vice president of information systems at American Family Insurance, took on this burning question at the Fusion 2014 CEO-CIO Symposium  — and his response might leave CIOs wide-eyed.

In another data-oriented piece, Senior News Writer Nicole Laskowski explains why Gartner urges CIOs to plan analytics strategies for smart devices — beginning right now. If they snooze on strategizing for a workplace filled with smart T-shirts, smart light bulbs and smart contact lenses, they may very well lose.

March’s #CIOChat coverage is never-ending: Get four CIO tips for bringing software as a service ideas to the executive planning board, and read up on why communication in IT is key to managing rogue IT in the enterprise.

Over on SearchCompliance…

New governance, risk and compliance (GRC) regulations are forcing cloud services providers and customers to modify their data management and security processes. Site Editor Ben Cole shares what your security team needs to know in this SearchCompliance tip. Cole also blogged about the importance of business-wide transparency and buy-in as part of a larger GRC strategy.

How about another round of tweet jams? Join SearchCompliance next Thursday, April 17, at 12 p.m. EDT to discuss information lifecycle governance during the monthly #GRCchat. Two weeks later, mark your calendar for SearchCIO’s predictive/prescriptive analytics-themed #CIOChat on Wednesday, April 30, at 3 p.m. EDT.

Stay tuned for our next weekly roundup here on CIO Symmetry and follow @SearchCIO, @SearchCIOSMB and @ITCompliance to get news and tips as they’re posted.

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