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The struggle of innovation teams; should big tech help fight online terrorism?

The mass shooting in San Bernadino, Calif., and other recent horrific acts of terrorism have spurred politicians everywhere to call for a means to make it more difficult for terrorist groups to use the Internet to communicate. But what’s lacking in their speeches is exactly how exactly to do this. In this week’s Searchlight, Features Writer Jason Sparapani digs into whether big tech should help answer that question.

Turning innovation into a discipline is becoming an increasingly important call to action for enterprises. But it isn’t easy, and is currently a work in progress in many organizations. At the recent Future M conference in Boston, innovation leaders from the likes of PepsiCo, Fidelity Investments and IBM discuss what makes their innovation teams important, as well as why they cultivate startups to help drive innovation.

The question of whether chief data officers (CDOs) will take over their jobs has been nagging CIOs recently. But they might be asking the wrong question about data strategy, according to Richard Wendell, founding board member of the MIT-affiliated International Society of Chief Data Officers (ISCDO), at the recent Chief Data Officer Summit in New York.

Odds are that, like most organizations, you don’t employ desktop as a service. But maybe you should. In Part one of Sparapani’s blog post, he lays out how the service — which takes the operations of a desktop operating system and puts it in a virtual infrastructure — can save companies time and money. In part two, Sparapani gets Forrester analyst Glenn O’Donnell’s take on why another cloud computing product, internal private cloud, is also seeing minimal success.

Back in February, Oracle published its top 10 CIO challenges for the year. At the CDO Summit, ISCDO’s Wendell used the list to illustrate not only his point that CIOs and CDOs to team up, but also to show how data and analytics continue to transform businesses. Did you struggle with any of these CIO challenges?

Speaking of all this buzz around CDOs, are they experiencing their heyday? Or is it all just hype? If we let Google Trends and Google Analytics be the judge, it appears to be a bit of both. Senior News Writer Nicole Laskowski goes through some findings.

On SearchCompliance…

Haven’t been hit by a cyberattack yet? The odds are that you will, no matter how minor. That’s why identifying your organization’s security vulnerabilities and planning for the inevitable has never been so urgent. Find out how GRC rules influence companies’ approach to data protection.

On the latest IT Compliance Advisor GRC news roundup, the governor of New York introduces new state banking rules to help block terrorism funding, the majority of healthcare organizations lack HIPAA-compliant messaging apps, and more.

Our end-of-the-year #CIOChat is on the horizon: Join us on Wednesday, December 16, at 3 p.m. EST to share your 2016 IT predictions and resolutions. Get the details here. See you there!

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