Author Archives for Jim DeLoach

Four Exercises for Contemplating Digital Readiness

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Over the next few years, the digital revolution will force many organizations to undertake radical change programs and, in some cases, completely reinvent themselves to remain relevant and competitive. Ask executives and directors what their company’s biggest threats are, and chances are the answer will include the threat of disruptive innovation. That said, is disruptive innovation sufficiently emphasized on the board agenda? Our experience indicates that most boards do not fully grasp the opportunities and risks associated with digital transformation. There are four important activities for organizations to consider as they contemplate what digital means to their business and strategy.... Read More


The Role of Software Patches in Cyber-Risk Mitigation

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Equifax is not just another organization that was breached. The company was named one of Forbes’ “World’s 100 Most Innovative Companies” for three years straight, from 2015 to 2017. The recent breach of the company’s U.S. online dispute portal web application has raised serious questions about whether boards of directors and senior management are asking the right questions about actions their organizations are taking to protect themselves from cyberthreats. Are boards probing to discover what they don’t know? In September, Equifax announced a massive breach exposing the personal information of over 40 percent of the U.S. population. The company’s stock... Read More


The Board’s Role in Addressing Geopolitical and Regulatory Shifts  

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Assumptions about the geopolitical and regulatory environments are critical inputs into strategy-setting. If one or more assumptions prove invalid, the strategy and business model may require adjustment, and whether the organization is proactive or reactive is often a function of the effectiveness of its monitoring process. Protiviti recently met with 22 active directors during a dinner roundtable. The discussion revealed directors’ oversight concerns amid escalating geopolitical tensions and significant regulatory shifts. Key Considerations The jury is still out regarding what the Trump administration and Congress can accomplish on major policy fronts. What has become evident is that there are many... Read More