What’s your controversial IT opinion?

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CISO in Software, 51 - 200 employees
I'm not super popular among the CISO communities that I'm a member of because they all say, "I have such a hard job. I never sleep." I'm from the infrastructure side, so I think CISOs have a really easy job because they just say, "We're going to get hit no matter what and there's nothing we can do about it. We're going to end up paying the ransom, it's going to cost us this much anyway."

If I'm the infrastructure guy running the data center, I can’t say to the board, "The data center's going to be down for a month. We're going to lose a million dollars a day, but that's just part of business. That's how IT works." I would get fired in a second. So, how can CISOs get away with saying things like that? It makes zero sense to me.
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Board Member, Former CIO in Software, 10,001+ employees

That is totally true. You're dead on. The mantra of the CISO is that the sky is falling—it's a Chicken Little situation, and there's nothing you can do about it.

Senior IT Manager in Government, 10,001+ employees
"There's no such thing as the cloud. It's just someone else's computer."
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Director of Technology Strategy in Services (non-Government), 2 - 10 employees

It's not controversial if it's true.

The biggest difference between cloud and hosted services - being able to touch the box

Director of IT in Software, 10,001+ employees
99.9% companies do not have a big data problem or an AI problem or a Blockchain problem.
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Director, Information Security in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees

Oh yeah, I agree especially in the blockchain. If even say that many ‘startups’ using blockchain tech know it isn’t necessary for their solution but use it solely to attract VC funding from investors enticed by buzzwords and wanting to get in on the next big thing.

Director of Technology Strategy in Services (non-Government), 2 - 10 employees
That anyone can write code.
Director in Manufacturing, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
In-sourced long term employees who know the company and it’s history are of great value

2nd - it’s worth investing in training existing employees when you can vs layoffs and hiring new skills
Director, Information Security in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
The “skills gap” doesn’t exist, at least at the scale a lot of IT media makes it seem. As someone on the younger end of the scale, and was looking at “entry level” jobs within the last half decade, a large chunk of that gap seems to be in part due to a disconnect between the hiring manager/HR and the technical role. An entry level security professional will not have a CISSP. Anyone with a CISSP would have enough years of experience that they won’t apply for an entry level job. A posting expecting 5 years of experience for a solution that’s only existed for two won’t get many applicants. A person fresh out of college, straddled with student loan debt isn’t going to shell out $7000 (and probably can’t afford to) for a certification required for a job paying $50k

Another aspect to the gap is, often unintentional, exclusionary practices . A networking event at a venue serving alcohol will automatically exclude anyone under 21. It excluded people of age if they don’t want to be around alcohol for a variety of reasons.

The last Is probably the most obvious; compensation. Increasing pay, benefits, pto, etc would increase the number of applicants. An extra $20k and week of vacation may be all that’s needed for a particular employer to bridge that gap.
CEO in Software, 11 - 50 employees
That over time the value of IT for each company as a COGS will be so high that more companies will see the value in running some or all of their own application environments.

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