New Year’s resolutions for CIOs
2. I will define my zero trust control plan. We will continue to see an increase in industries requiring zero trust frameworks, such as those put in place by the US government. These requirements will have a global ripple effect on critical infrastructure industries. So where to start ? You must have an authoritative identity management, policy management, and threat management framework to properly trust zero. And if you don’t have a well-defined and authoritative plane of control over your multi-cloud environment, how can you achieve consistent identity, policy, or threat management across your entire enterprise? Multicloud security, more than anything else, needs to be consistent and common. Silos are the enemy of true zero-trust security.
3A.I will establish early skill sets to take advantage of the quantum. Quantum computing is getting real, and if you don’t have someone in your company who understands how this technology works and how it impacts your business, you will miss this wave of technology. Identify the team, tools, and tasks you will dedicate to quantum and start experimenting. Just last month, we announced the Dell On-Premises Quantum Computing Solution, which enables organizations across all industries to begin taking advantage of accelerated computing through quantum technology not otherwise available today. Investing in quantum simulation and empowering your data science and AI teams to learn the new languages and capabilities of quantum is essential in 2023.
3B. I will figure out where my quantum crypto risks lie. Quantum computing is so disruptive because it changes many elements of modern computing. With the rise of quantum computing, there is a need to better understand post-quantum cryptography, the development of cryptographic systems for classical computers capable of preventing attacks launched by quantum computers. Around the world, malicious actors are actively trying to capture and archive encrypted traffic on the assumption that sufficiently powerful quantum computers will eventually be able to decrypt this data.
Want to mitigate your risk? I suggest starting by understanding where your greatest risk lies, as well as the time horizon you’re worried about. To do this, start by cataloging your crypto assets, then identify the encrypted data most exposed to public networks and their possible capture. This is the first place you need post-quantum cryptography. In 2022, NIST selected the first viable post-quantum algorithms, and in 2023, these tools will begin to emerge. Over time they will be needed everywhere, but in 2023 knowing where to use them first is a critical step.
4. I will decide if my multi-cloud edge architecture should be cloud-extending or cloud-first. In 2023, more of your data and processing will be needed in the real world. From processing real-time data in factories to powering robot control systems, the edge is growing rapidly in the multi-cloud world. This year, you’ll have to make a choice about which edge architecture you want for the long term.
The first option is to treat the edges as an extension of your clouds. In this common model, for each cloud, you have an equivalent edge (eg, GPCP-Anthos, Azure-ARC, AWS-EKS). This works well if you only have one or a few clouds. The second option is to treat your edge as a platform that all of your clouds can share. This edge-first architecture is new, but with efforts like Project Frontier, we see a way to create a stable shared edge platform that can be used by any software-defined edge (e.g. ARC, Anthos, EKS, IoT applications, or data management tools). Although multi-cloud edge platforms are just getting started, it’s critical to make a decision now about what you want your edge to look like in the future. Do you want edge proliferation for every cloud service you use, or do you want those cloud services delivered as software on a common platform?
Hopefully, these four resolutions will help us all better prepare for the multi-cloud future. Innovation has never been as pervasive and as rapid as we expect in 2023, increasing the urgency to make forward-looking decisions that will help us navigate the technological flux coming our way.
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