Tech Chiefs Share Their Resolutions for 2023
IT leaders in a range of sectors reveal their priorities for a year that’s set to be challenging for the many that are trawling the same small talent pool.
This year I’m focusing on the intersection between the internet of things and cybersecurity. I’ll be considering how to secure IoT devices and make the cyber unit more aware of IoT.
I’m looking at how to improve our preparedness through education, storytelling, and the simplification of technology. We know that security is better when it’s by design, not bolted on.
Everyone Is Aware of Cyber Risk and Everyone Thinks It’s Someone Else’s Job.
If we work together and share insights, we become a much more formidable foe for attackers, offering them no low-hanging fruit.
The tech talent shortage is certainly a challenge. The reality that many people can work from anywhere has prompted a lot of IT professionals to move jobs. In the early stages of the pandemic, I predicted that much of this movement would slow down – and that hasn’t happened. But I’m optimistic. Whenever an expert leaves an area, the people they leave behind often think: how are we going to cope? Then new smart people emerge.
My general management philosophy is to find out what work someone is good at and put a mountain of that in front of them. At BlackBerry, we have a lot of tough problems that are fun to work on. I think that this is an effective way to retain people.