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An Interview with Microsoft CIO Tony Scott on Operational Risk

Written by  MICHELE TURNER, MBCP, FBCI, CISA, ITIL June 23, 2009

Tony Scott is corporate vice president and the chief Information officer (CIO) for Microsoft. In addition to information technology efforts, Scott is also the executive sponsor for Microsoft’s operational enterprise risk management (OERM) efforts including enterprise program framework, information security risks, enterprise business continuity, enterprise crisis management and pandemic planning. Scott has a bachelor of science in information systems management from the University of San Francisco and also holds a juris doctorate with a concentration in intellectual property and international law from Santa Clara University. Turner: Tony, as the CIO for MS, what are the core objectives within the operational risk programs that you are executive sponsor? Scott: The core objectives are to 1) create awareness of potential areas of risk, 2) assess those risks and help the organization think about and quantify risks what they represent, 3) have plans to address and mitigate in the most effective way and 4) have


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