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The explosion in app development and CIO job insecurity

Chief Information Officers have a tough job and a short-lasting one largely because of problems in securing their company from cyber attacks. Security breaches don't look good on a resume.

Chief Information Officers have a tough job and a short-lasting one largely because of problems in securing their company from cyber attacks. Security breaches don't look good on a resume. I was at a recent roundtable discussion organized by Actian, a Big Data analysis company focused on Hadoop in the enterprise.

A study commissioned by Actian found that 43% of CEOs would fire their CIO/CTO if there was a security breach from a tech investment. A bad tech investment is the same as not making a tech investment and suffering a security breach -- it will get the CIO fired. It's a precarious position for the CIO because their job and their reputation are in the hands of their most inept employee because there's a thousand ways to deliberately, or inadvertently breach enterprise IT security measures from the inside.

App explosion... Industry trends are not helping CIO job tenure. CIOs are under pressure to drive the development of apps faster. Each app development team needs a clone of the production database to test their apps against. That clone contains sensitive information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers.

When there's multiple app development teams, there's multiple new ways for that sensitive data to be breached. The explosion in app development increases the insecurity of CIO jobs, not to mention the entire organization. What can a CIO do? Even if they bought every single computer security tool sold at the big annual RSA conference, it likely wouldn't be enough.

Determined hackers will always find a way inside. But if the CIO is using Delphix and its data masking features, even if hackers get inside, they won't be able to get any of the sensitive data. Data masking is not like encryption, which can be broken. Masking overwrites the data -- making it safe to use by anyone (sorry hackers!).

In addition, Delphix dramatically speeds up app development. It makes one clone of the database, allowing each app development team to quickly test against the freshest data as if they were the only ones using it. Delphix users report at least a doubling in app development times. A 12-month project can be completed in less than six months.

Mask once, copy many. Data by Delphix is fast, fresh and safe. By accelerating app development Delphix protects the entire business from falling behind the competition. That saves a lot of jobs -- more than just the CIO's.