What You Need to Know About Digital Risk Officers

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 08-04-2014 Email

The role of digital risk officer (DRO)—to manage risk for all forms of digital technologies—is rapidly evolving. The reason for this development is that the traditional concept of IT security is insufficient, according to Gartner's 2014 CEO survey. DROs will combine business acumen with technical and security knowledge and will need new skills beyond those typically required of risk and security officers. "By 2019, the new digital risk concept will become the default approach for technology risk management," says Gartner Vice President and Distinguished Analyst Paul Proctor. "DROs will influence governance, oversight and decision-making related to digital business. This role will explicitly work with non-IT executives in various capacities to better understand digital business risk and facilitate a balance between the need to protect the organization and the need to run the business." Proctor warns that the culture gap between IT and non-IT decision-makers poses a "significant challenge" and must be bridged, otherwise consequent business risk will "hit inappropriate levels." For the Gartner report (fee required), click here

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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