Should Your CIO Learn to Code?

This topic came up because of two recent headlines and one new book. The first was the news that the now former Equifax CISO was a music major, without formal college level tech or security training. The second was the recent article in the WSJ highlighting Bank of America s new Chief Operations and Technology Officer, Cathy Bessant. Ms. Bessant s outstanding background includes general management and marketing, but not specifically technology leadership. The book I mentioned is Mark Schwartz s Seat at the Table (2017). Mr. Schwartz argues that, today, tech leaders need a hard core of tech knowledge and can t be just managers putting on a propeller hat. He bases this conclusion on the rapid and deep penetration of technology into all business operations and the continued rapid change in that technology. In many cases, business leaders will take the initiative to adopt new technology. In this situation, everyone in the organization is tech savvy; but it is the tech leaders that mus…

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