The CVBT Audio Interview Podcast: John Farhat

17 minutes


• Entrepreneur says for success, businesses should integrate their information technology strategy with their business strategy

• “Your IT strategy is your business strategy”

Total recorded time (TRT) 16:51

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Most business owners know their business strategy. And they may suspect that those “IT guys” know the information technology strategy.

But long-time IT expert John Farhat says a company’s IT strategy ought not be separate.

“Your IT strategy is your business strategy,” says Mr, Farhat, founder of Farhat Services Company Inc., of Columbus, Ohio.

With decades of experience behind him, Mr. Farhat advises clients on how to integrate IT into the fabric of a company, including being prepared for cyber criminals.

“Anything online could potentially be compromised,” he warns. “What I see quite a bit is security companies coming in and doing threat penetration testing. That’s great. Absolutely necessary. But that does not protect from all vulnerabilities.”

Aand this is where integration of IT into the fabric of a company’s business strategy is important, he says. In the case of a data breach, recovery will require more than just plugging the data leak. It will often require the work of marketing, legal, public relations and more,” Mr. Farhat says.

“It’s not like we’re running two steps ahead of the bad guys. On a good day we’re running half a step behind them” he says.

John Farhat expands on his ideas in today’s CVBT Audio Interview Podcast.

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