Keep your systems safe against new threats.
- Conduct a thorough security audit to identify vulnerabilities.
- Update and patch all software, firmware, and security systems.
- Review and strengthen cybersecurity policies.
- Review (or create) a password standard for your organization.
- Test and re-assess data backup procedures.
- Update disaster recovery plans and conduct a simulated test.
- Review and update the incident response plan.
Make sure you’re working with the right technology.
- Audit hardware and software infrastructure.
- Ensure microcode levels and patches are current.
- Determine if any technology is out of date and needs to be modernized.
- Ensure compliance with relevant industry regulations and standards.
- Validate and update your technology’s documentation.
Save time over the whole year by improving efficiency now.
- Consider what systems you can simplify, integrate, or standardize.
- Assess and test your cloud and data storage strategy.
- Assess your collaboration tools.
- Gather feedback from users and plan necessary improvements.
- Check in on new trends and consider which ones you should evaluate.
- Talk with your managed services provider for suggested improvements, or consider finding a managed service provider to save your team time.
Protect and nurture your most valuable resource.
- Encourage collaboration and open communication.
- Identify training needs for IT staff.
- Determine if and when you need to hire new staff.
Keep an eye on your bottom line.
- Review the previous year’s IT budget and analyze expenditures.
- Plan and allocate budgets for upcoming IT projects and initiatives.
- Meet with your IT solution provider to consider and price upcoming projects.
Plan for success in IT and the entire business.
- Assess the efficiency, reliability, and compliance of your IT provider/partners.
- Plan project goals and deadlines for the year.
- Check that IT strategies align with overall business goals.
- Ensure IT policies align with organizational goals and compliance requirements.
- Define and monitor key performance indicators for IT operations.
- Confirm that you own your own data and plan changes if you do not.
Do your part to protect the planet.
- Explore green IT initiatives that could work for your organization.
- Consider energy-efficient technologies and practices.
By incorporating these tasks once a year, IT team leaders and CIOs can prepare their organizations for the challenges and opportunities in the rapidly evolving IT landscape.