New Year’s Resolutions for CIOs

2. I will define my zero trust control plan. We will continue to see an increase in industries that require zero-trust frameworks, such as those set by the US government. These requirements will have a global ripple effect across critical infrastructure industries. So where do you start? You must have an authoritative identity management, policy management and threat management framework to achieve zero trust correctly. And if you don’t have a well-defined and authoritative control plane across your multi-cloud environment, how can you possibly achieve consistent identity, policy or threat management across your entire enterprise? More than any other aspect, security in the multicloud must be consistent and common. Silos are the enemy of true zero-trust security.

3A. I want to establish early skill sets to take advantage of quant. Quantum computing is becoming real and if you don’t have someone in your company who understands how this technology works and how it affects your business, you will miss out on this technology wave. Identify the team, tools, and tasks you want to dedicate to quant and start experimenting. Last month, we announced the local Dell Quantum Computing Solution, which enables organizations across industries to begin taking advantage of accelerated computing through quantum technology that is otherwise unavailable to them today. Investing in quantum simulation and enabling your data science and AI teams to learn the new languages ​​and capabilities of quantum is critical in 2023.

3B. I want to determine where my quantum-safe cryptographic risks lie. Quantum computing is so disruptive because it changes many elements of modern IT. With the advent of quantum computers comes the need to better understand post-quantum cryptography, the development of cryptographic systems for classical computers capable of preventing attacks launched by quantum computers. Bad actors globally 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.

Do you want to reduce your risk? I suggest you start by understanding where your greatest risk lies – as well as the time horizon you are concerned about. You can do this by first cataloging your crypto assets and then identifying which encrypted data is most exposed to public networks and possible capture. That’s the first place you need post-quantum cryptography. In 2022, NIST selected the first few viable post-quantum algorithms, and in 2023 these tools will begin to appear. In time, they will be needed everywhere, but by 2023, knowing where to use them first is a critical step.

4. I will decide whether my multi-cloud edge architecture will be cloud-extending or cloud-first. By 2023, more of your data and processing will be needed in the real world. Edge is expanding rapidly in the multi-cloud world from processing real-time data in factories to powering robot control systems. This year you have to make a choice about which edge architecture you want in the long term.

Option 1 is to treat edges as an extension of your clouds. In the common model, you have for each cloud a corresponding edge (for example GPCP-Anthos, Azure-ARC, AWS-EKS). This works well if you only have one or a few clouds. Option two is to treat your edge as a platform where all your clouds can share. This edge-first architecture is new, but with efforts like Project Frontier, we see a way to build a stable shared edge platform that can be used by any software-defined edge (for example, ARC, Anthos, EKS, IoT apps, or data management tools). Although multi-cloud edge platforms are just emerging, it’s critical to make a decision now about what you want your edge to look like in the future. Do you want a spread of edges for each cloud service you use, or do you want those cloud services to be delivered as software on a common platform?

Hopefully, these four resolutions will make us all better prepared for the multi-cloud future. Innovation has never been as widespread and fast-moving as we expect in 2023, increasing the need to make forward-thinking decisions that will help us navigate the flow of technology coming our way.

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