February 1, 2020

Sometimes I feel like I’m the only CIO type guy left on Earth who has a problem with what I refer to as the over collection of data, and the resulting “data analytics” boom of the past few years.  I hear about new initiatives all the time involving “data lakes” and the...

December 14, 2019

If you’re a small to medium-sized higher ed institution with limited resources to address cybersecurity, Bestul & Associates LLC can help by providing a cost-effective service to identify key areas for improvement. 

We start with a campus-led security “self-assessment”...

November 2, 2018

Do you sometimes wonder if your IT organization is up to speed?  Would your company, institution, or organization benefit from an overall assessment of your IT capabilities? 

Bestul & Associates LLC has a proven methodology for helping identify critical areas for i...

February 24, 2018

There’s a big change coming in the world of cybersecurity compliance, and it’s coming soon.  The days of Equifax getting away with a lax response to a massive data breach are over.  The “big change” is called GDPR, and every single business or organization in the world...

August 23, 2017

As many institutions continue to struggle with rising costs and increasing complexity of their technology environment, the notion of Shared Services as a solution to these problems needs to be more closely examined.  But, what exactly is “Shared Services”?  Depending o...

August 19, 2017

We often hear about organizations who call in a consulting firm or an outside expert to perform an “IT Assessment”, where the target audience is generally the CEO, President, or Board of Directors.  In addition to checking the temperature of an organization’s IT operat...

August 15, 2017

Everyone knows about “the cloud” these days.  From the cynical techie definition “running your stuff on someone else’s computer” to the CEO-who-got-religion “it's the only way we can stay in business!”, opinions run the gamut between skepticism and naive exuberance....

August 11, 2017

The concept of “shared services”, where multiple institutions band together around providing a joint solution to a problem, has tremendous attraction for higher education institutions.  Costs continue to rise for basic administrative software and services, threatening...

August 8, 2017

If you are currently a CIO, or are in a similar leadership position in technology, always be a “tough act to follow”.  Of the several CIO positions I have assumed, so far in my experience all of them came in on the heels of a predecessor who had so many odd quirks that...

August 7, 2017

Yes, I said CEO, not CISO or CIO! It’s not a typo.

What’s the most important thing you can do as a CEO to improve your organization’s overall information security?  Is it hiring and retaining top quality information security technical expertise?  Is it purchasing and in...

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