Move over CISO: The Chief Data Officer may be sharing part of your job

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The C-suite is getting a little more crowded these days. Pull up a chair for the chief data officer, and it might be next to the CISO.

The CDO title has been around for almost six years as companies realized the business value of their data, and that they needed someone to rein it in. Now, as companies move into the post-infrastructure era where data is moving outside the organization and into the cloud, one Gartner analyst suggests that the CDO could be responsible for more than just managing data, understanding where it resides and who uses it. He could also focus on “strategies to improve the protection of that data as it lives in infrastructure that you don’t control anymore,” says Peter Firstbrook, a Gartner research vice president.

Today, there are only about 1,000 chief data and chief analytics officers in the world, according to Gartner. By 2019, Gartner predicts that 90 percent of all global  enterprises will have appointed a CDO. But exactly what the CDO’s responsibilities are and how companies will manage the overlap of duties in the C-suite remain to be seen.

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