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Hyperconnected: Mental Shortcuts or Data Governance Shortfalls

Data Governance Heuristics

Think about your typical morning routine. Maybe it involves coffee, working out, getting ready for the day, checking your phone, etc. Consider the heuristics or mental shortcuts your brain introduces to expedite your ability to make judgments and solve problems with minimal mental effort. You are probably doing it right now as you read this on a smart mobile device!

In this hyperconnected world, smart mobile devices are omnipresent in our living and working spaces. These spaces are progressively being adorned with more and more technological gadgets to help us take even more mental shortcuts. Where does one begin to address what is and is not acceptable within their home? How does one determine the necessity of preserving or deleting digital clutter? Technical engineering and the design of intelligent, wearable technology has nestled its way deep into our everyday lives suggesting that its existence is a need perhaps more than a want. Do we fully understand the lifelong impacts of generating digital exhaust?

"Circle of Trust"

Emotional intelligence coupled with critical thinking can be a strong foundation to draw upon initially and take inventory of what exists in our lives. Advice is often sourced from those within our "circle of trust." Although it may not be the correct information sometimes, we gravitate towards this "good" advice nevertheless because it comes from those we routinely interact with. This impacts children the most as many of them have yet to develop their emotional intelligence and mature, critical thinking skills. So the onus is on parents, thought-leaders, executives and those with responsibility to serve as a role model for making sound decisions regarding data governance.

Data Governance is everyone’s business AND responsibility.

What would a co-worker or friend reply with if you were to tap them on the shoulder and simply ask, “How do you KNOW if you are securing yourself at home?” What would their reaction be? They might look at you puzzled and begin with some form of “Well, I have a lock and deadbolt on my door, use timed lights at night when away, and have installed a decal on a window alerting would be intruders to a security alarm." But that is not achieving what is needed.

Identity Awareness, Protection, and Management encompasses much more. Insecure and poorly managed smart devices, computers, and social networking accounts layered with publicly available information (PAI) represent rich data sets that can cripple the brand integrity of a business or sideline aspiring students from future employment should they become compromised. Remote working environments are now the norm. Consider the opportunity costs of losing intellectual property or inadvertent disclosure of proprietary data simply because everyone thought someone else was tackling security. What digital footprints do you leave?

How Victory Helps

VictoryCTO can help. We have trained and educated some of the most prestigious academic institutions, medical firms, Fortune 500 companies and, in some cases, everyday citizens on how to live confidently in a hyperconnected, digital world. The question becomes how this influences our decision-making and warrants consideration for taking active steps in managing business models, inspiring everyone to actively contribute towards data governance in healthcare, banking, and other verticals amidst a global pandemic and the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR). Never heard of the 4IR, reach out to VictoryCTO and we can help!

VictoryCTO is a leading Hypernetics solutions company and delivers tailored, virtual and on-premise consultancy and training. Check us out to learn more about our e-CAP (Executive Cyber Awareness Protection) and turnkey SOC1 and SOC2 offerings and take a hold of data governance and increase resilience across your team. Stand up. Act. Build a digitally secure tomorrow!

Hyperconnected: Electronic Ethics & Data Governance

How do we maintain ethics in a hyperconnected world?

Constant internet connectivity is increasingly becoming a necessity in today’s fast paced, hyperconnected world. This state of hyperconnectivity extends far beyond personal living spaces and seamlessly accompanies us in vehicles, airplanes, hotels, retail shopping centers, and our favorite eateries. For those fortunate enough to have school-age children, the reality of COVID-19 has highlighted the undeniable need for everyone to exercise ethical judgement in their use of electronics and re-envision what a home office or classroom should look like.

Many of the “golden rules” instilled from generations past are foundations for our decision making. However, the emergence of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) and near instantaneous access to data has challenged how information is processed, understood, and acted upon. Data in context yields great insights — what are the ideal ways to approach this on an individual, family, and professional level?

Down the Digital Exhaust Rabbit Hole

The opportunity before all of us is to take an active role in how our total online identity is managed. In order to understand the "digital exhaust" we produce 24/7/365, we must begin down the pathway of education and purposefully and morally guide our technology decisions. No one company nor individual holds all the answers and author Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland, captured it remarkably:

“If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there.”

The convergence of policy and technology is where this lifelong journey begins. In our homes and public spaces, we decide each day with how to share or restrict our digital exhaust. This will never be a sprint, but rather a marathon where the winners are determined by how they run the race and by whom they run alongside. It is important to recognize that everyone has a place in this 4th Industrial race. Realizing the opportunity cost of sacrificing individual privacy and, in most cases, security for instantaneous access to data, discounted products and services can best be summarized by “If the product or service is free — YOU are the product.”

Without knowing the common ways our data is collected, who is collecting it, and where it can end up, safeguarding our information becomes difficult. Fortunately, there are specific steps everyone can and should undertake to better protect themselves, family members, friends and colleagues, and employers to elevate their ethical use of electronics and actively manage their data governance.

How Victory Helps

As the world’s leading Hypernetic Solutions consultancy, Victory CTO personifies this mantra to deliver business evolution through technology, data-driven process, and cross-disciplinary experience to create valued change and opportunity without sacrificing ethics. We are practitioners first and chart our course ahead from this vantage point.

Victory CTO achieves this by first constructing a team of Doers — they are talented, genuine, accountable, and passionate to enable others to succeed and have a great time along the way doing it! Have you paused to consider how you actively manage data governance in your personal and professional life? Or how your company actively and ethically accomplishes this?

Check us out at VictoryCTO.com

Coronavirus/Covid-19 Crisis: Management and Communication For WFH Teams

Project Management and WFH

Project management is key for success in a distributed work environment. Maintaining clear lines of communication between remote resources and keeping teams upstream well informed of progress, risks, and timelines are among a successful project manager’s main goals and focus. Set your project managers up for success by arming them with tools that facilitate project organization and structured communication.

The Right Project Management Platform

Project management has always been core to Victory’s success. Many companies struggle with the basics. In the past, Victory encountered scenarios where multiple project management tools were used in a single department (not to mention company wide), or not used at all. Synchronizing the status of any given project was a regrettable (and expensive) manual process in both cases, and confusion regularly reigned supreme.

Selecting and properly implementing a project management platform is incredibly important, there are numerous project management tools, which is best for your organization? It’s tempting to jump at the first seemingly attractive solution if you are scrambling, but this can be detrimental and dangerous. Victory has seen tremendous success from organizations that optimize their platform selection prior to implementation, avoiding multiple expensive change management cycles in the future. Here are some best practices for platform selection:


  1. Engage stakeholders company-wide to find the functionality that increases productivity and communication for everyone
  2. Check integration points (APIs or native) that allow project management to automatically send data to other platforms already in use, keeping everyone in sync and improving efficiency. Example integrations include:
  • CRM,
  • Payroll
  • Business Intelligence
  • HR & Staffing
  • Resource Scheduling
  • Project Estimation and Timelines
  • and more...
  1. Create a matrix based on criteria collected from stakeholders and rate each platform under consideration, have multiple people rate each platform. This is valuable for discussion, tracking requirements, and ultimately decision making.

Communication

Internal communication becomes increasingly challenging as an organization grows. Removing the proximity that everyone takes for granted at a physical office for quick answers and your newly remote team is already at a disadvantage. Here are some best practices we’ve found to ease the transition for team members who are suddenly remote work from home for the first time.

“What should I work on now? What should I work on next?”

Projects & Tasks As mentioned, having a well defined and organized project management platform facilitates threaded communication for specific tasks and projects. This provides a single source of truth for what needs to happen next and answers the eternal question “What should I be working on now?”

Business Continuity Teams having traditionally relied on proximity for interaction and direction to date will suddenly require more coordination. Over communication at this juncture is not a bad thing and methods like daily "stand up" meetings work for more than just teams of engineers.

Team Member Sanity Team members who have not worked remotely for extensive periods of time will require additional interaction until they nail down their "remote routine". Extensive anecdotal research indicates that it takes 1-2 weeks for first time remote workers to mentally get into the groove and be productive when working remotely for the first time.

Video Conferencing If not already in place is critical for your team, this is the time to review the organizations needs and solutions. In addition to improving overall communication, systems that have screen sharing and other features enable efficient communication in meetings by keeping everyone on the same page.

Chat / Instant Messaging There are many options here too. As organizations grow, we find that more and more communication happens in the context of the project management platform. The PM platform keeps questions and conversations contextually relevant, captures information for people not included in the immediate conversation, and does not lose information as part of an overloaded thread.


Victory has over a decade of experience helping distributed teams stay securely connected, operational, and productive. Victory’s Remote Team / Work from Home security solutions help clients navigate and seamlessly deploy flexible and secure remote work environments. Victory’s all domestic team combines operational savvy with strategic and tactical experience to transform businesses globally.