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“We don’t have as much of a cybersecurity skills gap problem but a clarity problem.”

Much has been made of the cybersecurity skills gap in recent days.

I read a statistic that says “70% of cybersecurity professionals claim that their organization is impacted by the cybersecurity skills shortage.”

That’s staggering.

But what if some of that skills gap problem could be alleviated by simply increasing clarity? In my opinion, we don’t have as much of a cybersecurity skills gap problem but a clarity problem.

IT leaders should provide as much clarity as possible to their workforce. Setting expectations and norms will be the first step to overcome this industry-wide problem.

How Do You Lead in the Midst of Fear and Uncertainty? – w/ Philip Campbell, CIO/VP of Information Services at CalvertHealth

Philip Campbell, CIO/VP of Information Services at CalvertHealth, has an interesting perspective on how one should lead in the midst of fear/uncertainty – and it involves a very timely hockey analogy. 🏒

In this the middle of the Stanley Cup Finals for hockey (Dallas Stars down 2 games to 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning), Philip compares leading during fear/uncertainty to skating to where the puck is going to be.

“The assumption was the puck would at least be on the ice. Now the puck can be in the concession stand. It can be out in the street. It can be in the parking lot.”

Philip says it is the job of the leader to either try to reestablish some of those boundaries, try to get the puck back on the ice, or completely redefine the “playing field.”

Infinite Patience Produces Immediate Results

There are numerous things that come up throughout the day that will test you as a leader.


Testing your will, your mental fortitude, and most importantly- your patience.

It is important to remember that infinite patience produces immediate results.

Having the ability to remain calm and assess the situation will yield rapid, high-quality results.

Weekly Roundup | Top Strategies of the Week for IT Business Leaders🛡️ – September 23, 2020

There is no algorithm we know of yet for experience 😀

Here are some major highlights from recent discussions I’ve had with IT Leaders with over 20-25 + years of experience.

Weekly Summary

IT Business Leadership, Strategy & Innovation

Offense & Defense Innovation

  1. What is the Best Way to Secure a Distributed Workforce in 2021James Crifasi, COO/CTO at RedZone Technologies
  2. Using the OODA Approach to Decision Making- Philip Campbell, CIO/VP of Information Services at CalvertHealth
  3. What are the 20% of excel spreadsheets supporting 80% of your revenue?- Bill Murphy, CEO at RedZone Technologies
  4. Step back- streamline your thinking to take grand ideas and bring them down to Earth- Adam Gordon, Edutainer & SME at ITProTV
  5. There is no cloud. It’s just someone else’s computer- James Crifasi, COO/CTO at RedZone Technologies
  6. If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.Philip Campbell, CIO/VP of Information Services at CalvertHealth

 About RedZone Technologies

Since 2001, RedZone Technologies has been the local leader in Managed Security Services, Data Governance, Security Assessments, Integr

RedZone Technologies specializes in:

  • RedZone MSP and MSSP: ‘On-Demand’ security and trusted advisor programs
  • Co-MITS – Co-Managed IT Security (‘Hands on’ Managed Services)
  • Cloud Security and Secure IT Infrastructure Support
  • Virtual Information Security Operations Programs (IT SecOps and VISO)

Contact us at 410-897-9494 or myteam@redzonetech.net with any questions

“We want to think beyond the immediacy of the particular issue… That’s really what strategies should help us do.”

When we think of strategies – think BIG picture.

In my conversation with Adam Gordon, Edutainer & SME at ITProTV, he said you have to go beyond the immediacy of the particular issue and see everything that goes into your decision.

To do that, one must remove themself from the moment and think more broadly about the choices/decisions/opportunities that they may address and the best path to get there.

That will, in the end, bring the big picture into focus.