CIOs seek cybersecurity solutions, bigger voice in C-suite

June 26, 2015

Kenneth Corbin

Issues like cybersecurity might keep CIOs up at night, but in Northern New Jersey, at least they know they're not alone.

Mark Sander co-founded the North Jersey CIO Roundtable under the aegis of that state's chapter of the Society for Information Management, aiming to bring together tech leaders in a series of meet-ups pegged around issues like security and the role of the CIO in the C-suite.

"There's a great exchange of information," Sander says of the meetings.

"It's lonely as the CIO," he adds. "It's nice to talk to your peers and learn from them."

Sander explains that he initiated the roundtable sessions in a bid to engage CIOs from larger firms in the region just outside New York City, offering a venue free from the distractions that too often arise at industry events billed as networking opportunities.

"Some of the reason these big CIOs don't come to general meetings is they don't want to be attacked by every manager and director looking for a job," he says.

Earlier this month, Sander convened a roundtable to focus on security issues, arranging for guest speakers from the FBI and a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's office in New Jersey specializing in cybercrimes.

With no cameras rolling, those officials offered a frank assessment of the challenges stemming from the mounting cyberthreats, which Sander places in two broad categories: those from hackers motivated by a political cause and those seeking financial gain.

Those groupings are of course filled with considerable nuance, but in broad strokes firms are very much struggling to fortify themselves against cyberthreats.

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